Painted Vase & Chalkboard Frame for Fall

6:00:00 AM

I wanted to make some quick crafts to help create some some easy fall decor for my mantle.

I decided to turn to one of the quickest way to remake items: paint.

And what color do you think I turned to?


Yup. Blue.

But why blue?

Because orange is everywhere in autumn: pumpkins, leaves, gourds, Indian corn and candy corn...mmmm candy corn.


But I digress. One of the rules of thumb I know of about color is one way to make it pop is to use complementary colors--you know, colors that are opposite one another. And the color that is opposite orange, the color of fall...is blue.

So I took an old ivy bowl (it actually was part of the decor for my wedding reception).


I squirted some blue craft paint, and a little bit of glue and water into the ivy bowl. I mixed it all together and swirled the mixture all around the inside until I got the coverage I wanted.



Then I took some painters tape and taped off the base of the vase and painted that orange.



While I was waiting for that little ivy bowl to dry, I took this frame.



Although I love this passage, I could never get anything to look right in the frame, since the quote overwhelmed everything.

So I took the blue paint and painted the edge. Then I painted the rest of the frame with chalkboard paint. I made a little pumpkin with some scrapbook paper for the inside of the frame. Then I wrote a little message on the frame.

Then I took the leftover fall themed flowers from my wreath and arranged them in the vase.



And there you have it, a little fall vignette.



 Featuring...blue.










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10 comments

  1. I love that you used blue! You are right, orange is where ever you turn. I love the frame, too! Stopping by via Crafty Scrappy Happy link party
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  2. I LOVE how your vase turned out! And you did a perfect job up-cycling that picture frame! Great job!!! Ohhh I SO need to get going with my fall decor.... one of these days!
    Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy
    ps thank you SO much for linking up at Happy Hour!

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  3. love aqua...and aqua and orange together look great...thank you so much for sharing at our first linky party...xo

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  4. Love the colors, and the simple frame. I can't wait to try painting some glass. Great job! I’m so glad you linked this up at One Creative Weekend! I love it! Hope your weekend is fantastic.

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  5. This is too cute! Well done! Would love if you'd join our Countdown to Fall link party! Hope to see you there! Happy Friday! :)
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  6. So cute! I have a frame the exact same size as that one and have always wondered what to do with it. Chalkboard paint, duh! Thanks for sharing!

    Chrissy @ Everyday with the Jays

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  7. Who knew that a simple glass vase could turn out that lovely! I've had fun looking around your blog. I would love to have you stop by 'Or so she says...' and share 'Your Great Idea' in the weekly link-up. Each week the two favorite links get shared on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and again on the blog...reaching over 13,000 readers. I hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  8. Thank you so much for linking up to Financial Friday! Im sharing this on a fall decor roundup post tomorrow!

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  9. Hi Rachael: What a neat technique for making a blue vase--very pretty and now I will have to give that a try! Your mantel is charming--love the picture frame redo as well.

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  10. Your blue bowl is so pretty and much more versatile than perhaps other colors might have been. Your pumpkin frame is great, so simple. Thanks for sharing great ideas. I'm a new subscriber, look forward to visiting your blog often. I'm always wondering what I'm going to find every time I open a bloggers post.

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