Evan & Company Fall Mantle Decor

Hey Y’all! Happy Wednesday. Can you believe it’s starting to actually feel like fall outside. I have to admit, I’m a horrible person when it comes to decorating for the holidays. I guess I’m always busy helping clients I tend to neglect my home and office. So this year, I decided I was going to jazz up our office mantle for the fall. It’s the focal point of our consultation space, so it need to POP.

I used a collection of pumpkins, pinecones, greenery and taper candles. Most of these things I had around the office, minus the pumpkins of course. I’m still trying to figure out what I used the gold candles for.  Maybe it will hit me soon. I know I collected the brass candle holders from different thrift stores around the area.

The pumpkins came home with me from my visit to Niceville, FL. If you’re in the area, stop by– the students at Crosspoint United Methodist host a pumpkin patch as a yearly  fundraiser. Of course if you can’t make it there, you can also check your local farmers market.

It’s a pretty simple set up. I promise anyone can do it.  Since it was going to be a focal point in our office, I wanted to keep with our brand colors; Grey and White. Luckily I had first dibs on those pretty grey pumpkins. They’re PERFECT. I used seeded eucalyptus and Italian Ruscus to soften the harsh lines of the pumpkins. I added some pinecones for texture and contrast. I also found some faux dusty miller laying around the office that I pick up from our local craft store and those it was another great touch of grey.

If you haven’t already pulled your fall decor out of the attic, hop to it. I had a blast being creative for a minutes yesterday morning. I Can’t wait to see what you come up with– If posting on social media use the hashtag #EGCfallmantle, I’d LOVE to see what you create.

DIY Valentines Day Banner

Everyone loves a good craft, right? With Valentines Day right around the corner I couldn’t help but jazz up the office now that all of the Christmas Decorations are down. I hopped in the car and headed to Hobby Lobby. I have the PERFECT spot above the sofa to hang art, so I decided on some fun pennant “Banners”.

For this project you’ll need a few things: Buttons | Wood Letters | Red Glitter | Hot Glue Gun | Ribbon | Paint Brush | Heart Stencil

2014-01-13_0001 The heart shaped stencil I bought came on a large sheet with multiple sizes so, I cut it down to fit perfectly in the center of the pennant. Once you have the stencil positioned, use your paint brush to spread the glue evenly inside the heart. The fun part comes next. Once you’ve applied the glue, remove the stencil and pour the glitter over the heart shaped glue outline.

2014-01-13_0002 After the glue has dried you can then apply the buttons in the center of each heart. I used different colors and sizes. Once that’s settled , I then attached each pennant to the ribbon with a hot glue gun. (We chose pink and white stripe, but of course you can use whatever you have.) 2014-01-13_0005 For the “L.O.V.E” banner, I used the same technique—use the paint brush to apply the glue and then pour the glitter over each letter. Super simple.Then I used a stapler to attach each letter to the ribbon.

2014-01-13_0004 2014-01-13_0003 I think it hangs perfectly above the sofa– We had some visitors in yesterday afternoon and they complimented on festive it was. These easy banners would be perfect for a Mantle, kitchen, or even your foyer entry way.  Or if you’re a teacher it’d be a great way to jazz up your classroom. Oh, the possibilities! Have Fun with it!  2014-01-13_0006  Be sure to use the hashtag #evangcooperdotcom if you attempt these Valentines Day Banners! I’d LOVE to see! Happy Crafting! 😉