I finally got my fall mantle and valances done. I had the pumpkins and sunflower garland, but I needed something else, so I decided to make a scarecrow to finish it off.
This guy was really easy to make.
I took a medium size brown paper bag and stuffed it with wadded up newspaper and tied it closed. I used markers for his face and hot glued on raffia for his hair. I made his hat and shirt from some fall fabric I had and hot glued them in place. I finished him off with a piece of rope tied around his neck. To get him to stand, I stuck a dowel rod into his neck and pushed the other end in a small clay pot that had a piece of Styrofoam in it.
I think he turned out pretty good and my grandsons liked him too.
My Fall Valances
Shortly after we moved into our home, I had my husband build me two wooden valances for the windows in our family rooms. Rather than build one with a top, all he did was nail two side pieces to a front piece and attached it to the window with L brackets. He stained them to match the window trim and they looked great! I hung blinds (gets the west sun) inside the window casing and used tension rods to hang my sheers. I really like these valances because I can either leave them as is or cover them for a different look.
For my fall valances I found this fabric tablecloth at Big Lots. It was a 60” X 102” rectangle and only cost $10… that’s almost 3 yards of fabric! I really liked the leaf design and the colors go good with our beige furniture. I also made a table runner with some of the leftovers.