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Nothin’ Says Fall like Mums, Chalkboards, and Polka Dotted Pumpkins

fall front porch with chalkboard art and diy sharpie pillow covers and polka dot pumpkins at thehappyhousie

Nothing says fall like mums, chalkboards, and polka dotted pumpkins. Oh, and DIY sharpie pillows. Ya. Them too. Or at least that’s what I always say. And I think the front porch is the perfect spot to display all these fall-ish friends.

Adding some chalkboard fun to the front porch was super easy. I did it in two ways: through some chalkboard art on my permanent porch chalkboard. And through these little mini owl chalkboards that I made from some wooden owl shapes I picked up at Michaels.

I started with:


I gave them a quick few coats of my homemade chalkboard paint (basically mix plaster of paris 1:1 with warm water until COMPLETELY dissolved – I use a blender) then add to paint – 1 cup paint to 1/2 cup plaster mixed with 1/2 cup water. I used a smaller amount and kept the proportions the same and used black CRAFT PAINT to make mine… see here for more info.

All done….


Then just add a cute quote….

fall chalkboard projects for front porch at thehappyhousie

Now for the chalkboard art hanging on the wall… my biggest tip is to use a CHALK PEN! I bought a couple the other day at Michaels and I. LOVE. IT. Seriously. Love. It was one of my best craft purchases maybe ever.


I simply printed some images to trace (in this case the little squirrel and the acorns)…


Traced them…


And then to vary up the texture a little I used regular ol’chalk to fill it all in….


To be honest I just free handed the font… but just google chalkboard images and then play around with sketching on some scrap paper – remember, it is only chalk. This is not brain surgery we are talking about. You can always erase it if you aren’t satisfied! Go for it….

fall front porch with chalkboard art and diy sharpie pillow covers and polka dot pumpkins at thehappyhousie

If you are curious about that ridiculously adorable fall pillow that is REVERSIBLE (yes, I did just say reversible) for the two parts of our lovely fall season… you can check out my tutorial for it today over at Maison de Pax.

DIY Two sided Fall Pillows made with Sharpie by thehappyhousie

Now to fall-ify the rest of the porch I simply added some fall plants like mums (tip: wrap their plastic pots in some burlap and tie it on with twine to give it a more natural look) and some fun polka dotted pumpkins.

fall front porch burlap wrapped around mum pots at thehappyhousie

fall front porch with grasses and polka dot pumpkins at thehappyhousie

And grasses… and kale….

fall front porch with kale and polka dotted pumpkins at thehappyhousie

I picked up the pumpkins at our local farm market and dressed them up with some simple black and white polka dots using craft paint (I keep these ones under cover…. not sure what our torrential rains would do to the craft paint).

fall front porch harvest wreath on door polka dot pumpkins at thehappyhousie

Fall Front Porch with DIY two-sided sharpie pillow covers by thehappyhousie

You know, a little chalkboard paint just makes everything better. If you don’t believe me, just ask Ryan.


Now for what the rest of my stunning cohostesses have been up to this week:

DIY Chalkboard Projects Fall Get Your DIY On Challenge

We are loving our chalkboards! Check out everyone’s fab projects:

Chalkboard Shelf by Christy at Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer

Folding Chalkboard Chair by April at House by Hoff

Chalkboard Lamp Shade by Mandy at House by Hoff

Fun Fall Chalkboard Art by Abby at Just a Girl and Her Blog

And don’t forget to come back on Sunday and link up for the Get Your DIY On: Chalkboard Projects Challenge!! 4pm PST or 7pm EST. Hope to see y’all here!

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I can’t wait to see what YOU can do with a chalkboard! OR what you can TURN INTO a chalkboard! Ready to be inspired….

Thanks for reading. And remember my housie friends, HOME isn’t built in a day. Enjoy the journey.


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  1. This is adorable, Krista. Every. Little. Thing. is too cute! I really love your turquoise door, though. Obviously. 🙂 Hope you’re having a great weekend!!

    1. Hi Krysta! Sorry I am sooo far behind on responding to this. I made the wreath! I have a simple tutorial for it on the blog:) Thanks for your visit and comments!

      1. Hi Patricia,

        I believe it was painted a light blue called Whispering Spring by Benjamin Moore, but I painted it about 12 years ago now so I’m having a hard time remembering for certain! Sorry:)


  2. Soooo cute!! I can always pick your projects out from my party link up – there are always so fun and playful! Pinned! Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving this weekend! Jenn 🙂

  3. How beautiful, Krista! Those cute little owls are my favorite– totally adorable! Hope you’re having a wonderful week, my friend!

    ~Abby =)

    1. Thank you Abby!! I am glad the owls turned out to be cute… there is always a moment when you wonder if you are crossing the line to tacky:) Lol. Have a great week too my friend!!

  4. I am loving your little chalkboard owls. I have have a bird just like this that I have still hanging around so tomorrow it get the chalkboard treatment just like your owls. I am loving the squirrel on your chalkboard almost as much as the owls, what a great tip.
    This is my first tip visiting your blog (via That DIY Showoff) but I will be back.

  5. Hi Krista! I just recently discovered chalk pens too, and you’re right…they’re great!! I also love your tip about wrapping the plastic pots in burlap. It’s the little things that make the biggest difference. 🙂 Love your porch!

    1. Thank you Anu!! When I saw them at Michaels I had to pick them up… wasn’t sure yet how they would end up. So thrilled you came by to visit! Have a great weekend:)

  6. Krista, you totally started my Friday with the biggest smile? How much do I love your porch…thiiiiiiiiisssss much! 🙂 Oh and I totally want that too cute for words squirrel chalkboard! Everything is just amazing, but of course, I am not surprised! Thanks for sharing and pinning! Have a day as fabulous as your projects! (that’s pretty fabulous!)

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