Part of why we love this business so much is that we are able to share our DIY finds and creations with other makers, innovators and creatives. So beginning in October and going forward, we will be sharing tutorials of projects we make during our First Friday Weekend sessions at Bella Patina right here on this blog.
Our goal is for this blog to be your go-to resource for re-creating and sharing some of our most popular projects. BONUS: we will also be sharing recipes of the snacks and cocktails we serve as well. So grab your glue gun, a glass of wine and let’s get to work 🙂
Make Your Fall Porch Project:
We did a variation of this popular project over the summer. We had such great response, we decided to seasonalize it for Fall. Add some mums and a few pumpkins to your doorstep and your front stoop will be the envy of all the neighbors!
Tutorial for Pallet Style Wooden Door Sign and Coordinating Doormat:
You will first want to start with creating the door sign, as it is the most involved. While you are waiting for stain or paint to dry, this would be a great time to start work on the doormat.
What you will need:
- (3) 1″x 4″ boards.
- (2) Merging boards/plates
- 4 screws and power screwdriver
- Stain and/or paint of choice for sign
- White paint for “hello fall”
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Fall floral elements
- Twine and/or yarn
- Stencil (if you so choose) for the “hello fall”
Steps to create:
- Cut three 1″x 4″ boards to 14″ each. Align the boards so that all sides are even. Determine which side (front or back) is smoothest and/or has the least amount of flaws, as this should be the front of the sign. Once determined, turn over so you may merge together. Attaching a merging board (can either be purchased from a hardware store, or use 2″ x 8″ wood slats you cut at home) by screwing in one screw at the top of each plate and one at the bottom.
- Once secured, proceed to the painting and/or staining of the sign. For our prototype, we used a medium/dark stain so the white paint would pop. Pro Tip: If you choose to stain, use a sponge brush or rag and lightl
y wipe stain across the boards, horizontally. It’s best to start with light coats and apply a second only if needed, than to apply too much stain at once. After you have stained a small area, wipe with a dry rag or paper towel. Pro Tip: If you decide to go the paint route, we recommend a chalk paint as it dries very quickly. Apply in same manner, wiping quickly after you paint a small section.
- Once stain has dried, it is now time to apply “hello fall”. For our workshops, we use a stencil, along with a stem and leaf pattern. If you do not have a stencil, it is also perfectly acceptable to hand write. We recommen
d using a chalk pencil to draw the letters before using a fine tipped paint brush or paint pen to complete the lett
ring. Wait for paint to completely dry before moving on to next step.
- Using a hot glue gun, start applying fall floral to round out the design of the sign. We used mostly leaves and small pinecones, along with a few wisps of tall grasses. Some of our worshoppers simply used a few impactful blooms, while one used only grasses, tied together with burlap ribbon. All were unique and beautiful! You can really make it unique here
- Last step is to adhere twine or yarn to the back of the sign so that it may be hung. We doubled ours to give it more strength and then hot glued it to the two merging plates.
Tutorial for “Gather” Doormat:What you will need:
- Neutral doormat
- Push pins
- Painters Tape
- White fabric spray
- White acrylic paint
- Small paint brush
Steps to create:
- Find a stencil at your local craft store, or create your own with a Cricut.
- Secure stencil to doormat using push pins every few inches, making sure to secure any small parts and corners.
- Use tape around edges of stencil to protect from over spray and give added stability. Due to the nature of the fibers of the doormat the tape will not completely hold the stencil in place, it is more to help protect the doormat.
- Take fabric spray and lightly mist the stencil. This provides a guideline for you to later go over with white paint. Let dry then remove stencil.
- Now go back over the guidelines and paint with acrylic paint and a small paintbrush to sharpen and brighten the letters.
Recipes we served during October:
This month was all about the feeling of Fall and Halloween. So it was out with the cool, crisp white wines and in with the red! And to sauce it up a little, we even went with the always delicious sangria. We called it “Hallo-wine” Sangria. And because we knew our makers were going to have especially busy hands with the projects this month, we wanted to give them a treat that was a no-mess, no-fuss snack they could nibble on throughout their building and crafting.
Halloween Harvest Snack:
This is THE easiest snack I’ve ever made, and yet it satisfies all of the sugar we crave during this sweet time of year. Most of the time we try to do something out of the ordinary, but this was so good and so easy to put together and re-create we just couldn’t resist.
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup Puppy Chow aka Muddy Buddies: I made my own, but you can also get store bought for a quick hack
- 1 cup Caramel Popcorn
- 1 cup Pretzels.
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup autumn colored M&Ms
- 1/2 cup autumn colored Peanut M&Ms
- 1/2 cup candy corn
- 1/2 cup candy pumpkins
- 1/4 cup peanuts
- Optional items you can also add based on dietary restrictions or taste preferences: white chocolate chips, plain Chex, mini Peanut Butter cups.
Now here’s the best part…ALL YOU HAVE TO DO is throw these all in a bowl and mix up. Yes, it’s really that simple. It takes all of everyone’s favorites tastes from Halloween and combines them in to one delicious, addictive snack.
Serves 6. Recipe adapted from The Seasoned Mom.
What you’ll need:
- 2 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup Orange Liqueur
- 1 cup Orange Juice
- 24 oz bottle of Club Soda
- 1/2 can of Sprite or 7 UP
- 2 oranges
- 1/2 cup Blackberries
Steps to make:
- Pour 1/4 cup sugar in 1 1/2 cups of water in a small sauce pan over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally. Once boiling and sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and wait to cool.
- Once cooled pour in to large pitcher along with wine, orange liqueur, orange juice, and juice of one orange.
- Refrigerate for at least two hours. Before serving, add in Sprite and Club Soda and stir.
- Garnish wine glasses with a slice of orange of blackberries.