Cheap but Fabulous Autumn Decor

Now that it’s officially September I suppose it’s time to start thinking about leaves changing color and crisp cool fall days. Truth is we live on the central California coast and don’t have a lot of change with the seasons. So we sorta have to create our own celebration of the seasons.

My first fall craft of the season is these “Autumn” frames made with scrapbooking paper and $1 store frames. Here is what I started with:
I spray painted them all black, cut scrapbook paper in fall colors and patterns to size, and cut out the letters in various fonts and sizes. This is what I ended up with:
I am THRILLED with the way it turned out. I have it displayed on a window seal off the dining room. I can’t stop looking at it I love it so much! In the next several months I will make “Winter”, “Spring”, and “Summer” to go in the frames so I can change it up each season!
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  1. This is so cute!! I love all of the different frames!

    Thanks for linking up!

    Hannah @

  2. Aw those are reaally cute! Very neat idea : ) I love scrapbooking paper SO much, don’t you? Have a great night!

  3. I would keep looking at it also. It looks fantastic. Great great idea!

    Partying with you tonight.

  4. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH LA LA! 🙂 Lovely idea! I can’t wait to make one too! 🙂

  5. This is too die for and very hip I might add!! I LOVE it! I would be thrilled if you would be willing to post it to my new linky party!

  6. Very cool! Great way to change up your decor without spending a lot of money!

  7. Perfect thrifty way to fall things up. Thanks! I am spotlighting you on Momspiration Monday:

  8. You could also do FALL to use less frames. I love how amazing those frames look, and they only cost a $1!!

  9. too cute!

  10. This is so cute. And I love how it comes from a dollar store set of frames. And how many of us have old frames just sitting around that we don’t know what to do with! I’m going to share this with my readers at:
    Glad I found your site!

  11. Amber, yes you can do FALL. I decided to do AUTUMN so that I would have enough frames going forward to do “Winter”, “Spring”, and “Summer”!!!

    Thank you to those that have spotlighted me!!!!

  12. I love using scrapbook paper, I am addicted. These are beautiful….now I need to find some frames

  13. I love the way these turned out. So pretty.

    Warmly, Michelle

  14. LoVe these! Very CuTe! I featured them here:

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    BTW…love your kids art display boards. CuTe!

  15. I have all of this stuff! Awesome and simple idea.
    I found you through CSI and after looking around decided that I needed to follow you:)
    You have so many great and crafty ideas!

  16. So cute!

  17. I love this idea – It is so simple but yet so dang cute! I am featuring it Friday for my friday favorites!!

  18. I am your newest follower from

    I absolutely love this idea, and I will definitely being doing this in my home very very soon!

  19. Courtney, I love it, so CUTE!! I shared it with my readers at :

  20. Very cute! Love your blog too. Thanks for sharing.

  21. This is fabulous! LOVE the colors you used; so beautiful. I’d love if you linked this to my Scrappy Saturdays!

  22. Thanks for linking up to Scrappy Saturdays. Featuring this tomorrow.

  23. Cute idea!!

  24. I love how this came out all the fun different frames look great and add so much interest to the final project. The letters give it a fun eclectic look. It’s great how you unified it all with black paint.

  25. This is a wonderful project. I think I have a stash of thrift store frames already. I may do “fall” – I have a short attention span – lol

  26. Very nice! I love it.

  27. So cute and easy! Great idea!

  28. I absolutely LOVE this decorating idea!!! 🙂 The pretty font paired with the different frames–so fun! I’m going to feature this on Friday for my Weekend Bloggy Reading. 🙂

    I’m visiting from The CSI Project. Hope you’ll stop by my blog to say hi. 🙂

  29. This is the cutest thing I have seen! I love it! Great job…am thinking what fall colors do I have of scrapbooking paper??

  30. Very cute AND thrifty…that’s my kind of project!!

    Stopping by from The CSI Project!

  31. Another great project! I may have to “borrow” this idea. They turned out GREAT! La

  32. Can you tell me how you did the letters? Im not bright that way. 🙂

  33. Cherie, I used my Cricut to cut out the letters or black cardstock. I used a couple different cartridges and several different fonts. You could always print out some letters off your computer and cut them out if you don’t have a circut, or the like! Also there are chipboard letters at craft stores that could work as well! HTH!!!

  34. Very Very cute. Great picture frames and a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  35. Very nice

  36. Love, love, love it!! Off to the thrift stores to find frames.
    Found you on CSI


  37. OMG…I love this idea! Can be changed out for any holiday or season!!

  38. This is such a great idea nd interchangeable!!

  39. These are stunning! Beautiful idea… think I might have to make a winter set! Thanks for sharing!

  40. Beautiful! Such a neat idea!

    I’m stopping by from The CSI Project.

    -Meredith @

  41. Very cute idea… love the frames you found!

  42. Great job! I think I used one of those same dollar store frames for one of my projects recently. Love it!

  43. Love this! Especially all the different size and shapes of frames. I would probably have gotten them all the same, but the different sizes just makes it that much better! You could change them out for different seasons too. Great job!

  44. I love this!!!!! Oh my goodness!!!! How gorgeous and so affordable!!! I think I will make my own set and use it above our bed in our master bedroom. I love the idea of making a set for every season! Thank you so much I have been trying to figure out what to do with the blank wall above my bed!

  45. I forgot to tell you…I am your newest follower! Also…I think I am going to try using other words for my frames…oh boy do you have my creative juices going!!!

  46. So cute! Saw this on Amanda’s Blog (Serenity Now.) You’re so creative!

  47. I would be thrilled as well – they look awesome!

  48. Just letting you know, I featured this project on my blog this I would’ve emailed you, but I couldn’t find an email address!

  49. Thanks again for this great idea, I made it this week, looks FABULOUS!!!


  50. I love this! I put it on my inspiration page on my blog. Thanks for sharing!

  51. Courtney, I copied your project and put your post as a link on my post. Thanks for the project idea!

  52. I think your idea is so darling also. I’m going to do it with the words BOO!

    I love you boarder, I use to have this one.


  53. Love this idea! Hope you don’t mind that I borrowed this idea and made it into my own design. Feel free to check it out here:

    I am now following you and will continue to check out you great ideas 🙂 keep up the good work!

  54. This is so cool! You should link up over at my Favorite 2010 Project Party here
    Happy New Year! Kathleen

  55. I loved this idea so much I did a set of these myself. I couldnt find an oval frame though, I really like yours. Heres mine:

  56. this would be really cute with your last name in the frames also.

  57. Found this on Pinterest. Isn’t so funny that all the seasons have 6 letters! Perfect for this project! Love it!

  58. I was “Pin-spired” by your framed art. I gave you credit for inspiring my version on my blog today. Hope you are pleased.

  59. This is genius! I absolutely love it, am going to steal this for all the seasons! I can see this looking good over a doorway as well 🙂


  60. Love this! Can you tell me where to find a free site for fonts? I can’t find lettering big enough to print off.

  61. this is so cute? did you need to sand the frames before you spray painted them?


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