Fall Decor and Drop Cloth Bunting!

September 10, 2013 | by Jocie (email) |

Fall Bunting using a drop cloth and multi surface paint - One Project Closer

I know, it’s not quite Fall and I’m already making drop cloth bunting. But, in all fairness, football season had started and really that should mark the beginning of Fall. Regardless, Fall is my favorite season so I couldn’t stop myself from getting started.

Here was my mantel last Fall – I made another easy burlap bunting using scraps and craft paint. As you can tell, last year I hadn’t painted or started my living room makeover, so decorating this year is going to look very different! 🙂

There was nothing wrong with last year’s bunting, but I wanted to incorporate some of the blues in the room…also, I’m not exactly sure where my burlap bunting got to…probably in the bottom of the Christmas decorations bin. lol. So, I decided to make some new decorations for my “new” living room. This drop cloth bunting takes 5-10 minutes to make (not including the prep time for gathering materials) and costs very little to make.

Materials Needed:

  • Drop Cloth
  • Scissors
  • Multi-Surface Craft Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Leaves

Materials for bunting - One Project Closer

First, I went out and gathered a bunch of leaves, directly from trees. Do not use fallen leaves, they will be too dried out and will break.

Then, I cut out triangles from the drop cloth, leaving the frayed edge at the top.

Quick tip: I folded the material in half length-wise and cut a straight line from the bottom point to the side of the bunting. This is much quicker than tracing and cutting. You can even cut more than one triangle at a time.

Drop Cloth - One Project Closer

Using multi surface craft paint, I painted a generous amount of paint onto the leaves.

Painted Leaves - One Project Closer

Then, I pressed the leaves face down onto the drop cloth triangles. I placed a piece of paper on top so that I could be sure to press down evenly.

Pressed Leaves - One Project Closer

I used several different types of leaves and different colors of paint to create variation.

Finally, I hot glued twine to the back of the bunting and hung it on the mantel.

Twine and Bunting - One Project Closer

And here’s the living room all spruced up for Fall!

Fall living room decor and mantel - One Project Closer

Fall living room decor and mantel - One Project Closer

And a little orange and red added to my painted Ball jars.

Painted Ball Jars - One Project Closer

My friend got me this canister for my birthday and I added some flowers and placed it on top of my painted crates. So pretty!

Fall living room decor and mantel - One Project Closer

Fall living room decor and mantel - One Project Closer

And a few more Fall accents…

Fall living room decor and mantel - One Project Closer

Fall living room decor and mantel - One Project Closer

One more view of the whole room!

Fall living room decor and mantel - One Project Closer

Fall living room decor and mantel - One Project Closer

What do you think? How are you decorating for Fall?

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17 Responses
  1. Jacque says:

    Cute, cute, cute! I love the simplicity of this bunting!

  2. Tanya says:

    I love the colors and that you used fresh leaves to make the pattern, love it!


  3. JustME says:

    When I first saw this I thought for sure your darling daughters would have helped you. I surprised not to see them. The bunting came out cute and your whole mantel looks lovely.

  4. Really nice, Jocie. Love the color scheme.

  5. Debbie Pearl says:

    Cute and inexpensive idea!! Your football reference made me think I’d like to make one in the theme of our family’s alma mater…Penn State!

  6. Loooooove the combo of blue and orange for Fall! What a fresh, modern mantel! Pinning this project right now!

  7. Shannon says:

    Ooooh I love that you used real leaves. How cool! Your plae looks great 🙂

  8. Christine says:

    I love it Jocie!!! Great job!

  9. Super cute ideas. I love that new multi-surface paint!

  10. Love it, Jocie- the colors are perfect for your living room. Your fall fireplace vignette looks wonderful. Football season = Bunting season. I like it! 🙂

  11. Kathleen says:

    Very cool ideas. Love them. I need to try that new paint!

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  13. MiniDee16 says:

    I love these. The colours are great

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