Painted Vase & Chalkboard Frame for Fall

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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 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.

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  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

  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!

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

  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.

  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! :)

  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

  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!

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

  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.

  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.