I’m not ready to let go of fall yet – tell me I’m not the only one!? Earlier this week we saw our first real snowstorm of the year. The flakes started lazily falling as the sun set and the next morning we woke up to find everything coated in white. The snow continued to fall slowly all that day (which had me both admiring the beauty and annoyed that I was painting laundry drying racks instead of sipping hot chocolate) and the kids were so so so excited to play in it. But I’m really just not ready – and I don’t just mean because we were left scrambling to find appropriate outdoor clothing and wondering where we stored the sleds. I’m not ready for the Christmas tunes or the snow boots or the mornings spent trying to clear off and warm up the car. Thanksgiving needs some attention too, doesn’t it? Plus, I still have projects that need to be done that would be better off not complicated by freezing temperatures and tramping through slush on the ground. So in a last ditch effort not to let go of the colorful leaves and the pumpkin flavored desserts I want to share one more fall decorating project – my wall-mounted Window Box.
The window box was an idea a friend and I put together years ago and I have really enjoyed having it around. The base is simply a piece of framed bead board with a box made of 1/4″ material (probably MDF but I forget what we used specifically – anything would work) mounted to the bead board.
I think my friend put some grasses in her window box and keeps it like that year-round but I like to change up my window box for the seasons. I’m pretty sure by now you all know how much I like versatility in my craft projects, right? (like my double-sided fall decorations HERE and HERE)
I just place a block of floral foam in the bottom of the box then add in whatever suits the season. For fall I found some great red, orange, yellow and brown flowers, leaves, and berries, added in a few gourds, and filled it out with a few sprigs of silk grass. Total cost for the project was probably under $20. When December hits I can simply pull out the floral arrangement all in one piece (foam and all), put it in a tote to store for next year, then plunk in some greenery and red berries for Christmas.
I think I’ve had this window box for over 10 years now and it’s still one of my favorite craft projects. Do you have any favorite craft projects/decorations you would like to share? I’m always looking for new ideas!