Bountiful Home Decor on a Budget

Hello, Friends!  Kathy here with some fun ideas for Autumn Home Decor on a budget with Authentique Bountiful.  Fall is my favorite season of the year, and I love to decorate with fall colors, images and themes.  I happened upon a fantastic yard sale last weekend where I found a shadow box frame that was just begging to come home with me.  How could I say no?  Especially since I knew it could be used to create fall-tastic home decor! 

After rummaging through The Closet of Shame for some companions to go with the frame, I spent a delightful afternoon dressing up this shadowbox, chunky canvas and maple syrup bottle with papers and images from the Bountiful collection.

Grateful Shadowbox

This 9" x 11" x  1.75" shadowbox frame had definitely seen better days.  But the glass was still intact, and the corners were tight, so I figured I could deal with the ugly chippy paint and transform the ugly duckling into a swan.  Here's what I did to clean up the frame exterior.

  • After thoroughly washing and drying the frame, I painted it inside and out with Folk Art Coffee Bean Acrylic Paint.  Then I let that dry.
  • Next, I dry brushed on some DecoArt Burnt Sienna Fluid Acrylic Paint over the Coffee Bean layer.  I wasn't going for full coverage.  I just wanted to create some brush strokes to give it a faux wood grain look.
  • Then, I repeated this with Black Chalk Paint, just lightly dry brushing to add a third element to my faux wood grain finish.
  • Next, I lightly sanded back edges and corners to add just a hint of distressing.
  • Finally, I cut pieces of Bountiful Five 12x12 papers to cover the front of the frame.  Then I brushed the entire frame surface with Tim Holtz Vintage Collage Medium.  This not only gave the paints a vintage finish, it also helps to protect it from damp and soil.

The mat that came with the frame is covered in Bountiful Seven paper.  I used both the A and the B sides as a mat for the sentiment panel.  

I dry brushed the acorns with Prima Copper Texture Crackle paint, then used them to fill the base of the shadowbox.  To help them stay in place, I did add hot glue to the bottom layer, being careful to place it where it would not be seen.  

Then I just die cut some Tattered Leaves from my paper scraps, punched out the "gather here with grateful hearts" medallion from the 6x6 bundle and put the whole thing together.  

Other scraps were used to create the cute little banner at the top of the collage. In real life, the frame is vibrant...but it's very hard to photograph through glass!

Gather Here with Grateful Hearts Chunky Canvas

If you're looking for a super quick and easy home decor project, this 4" x 4" chunky canvas is the way to go.  From time to time, Michael's puts out huge bins of clearance items that are ridiculously marked down.  I found this adorable little linen covered chunky canvas for 70 cents!  It only took me about 20 minutes to put this handsome little collage together.  Here's how:

  • Cut a 3.75" piece of Bountiful Seven paper (the orange leaf side) and triple mat with kraft, pale blue and bronze metallic cardstock.  I had all of these in my stash, and you could certainly substitute with any colors you like.
  • Fussy cut the sentiment medallion from the 12" x 12" Bountiful  Eight paper.  Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Back with foam tabs or waste cardboard.  Attach to the leaf paper.
  • Run 1/2" Scor-Tape across the back of the leaf paper and center on the canvas.
  • Sponge a chipboard flourish with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  (I had this one in my stash for ages...and I don't remember who made it).  Heat emboss with Wow Ultra High Metallic Copper Embossing Powder.  Glue to the left of the sentiment medallion.
  • Paint some metal charms with DecoArt Burnt Sienna Acrylic Paint.  Add some Petaloo Fall Leaves, the charms, a burlap string bow and button to the chipboard.  
  • Add acorn stickers (also from the clearance bin!) buttons or other embellishments to the corners.

Count Your Blessings Altered Maple Syrup Bottle

I have a thing for glass jars and bottles.  My Closet of Shame is full of bottles in interesting shapes and sizes.  This Count Your Blessings bottle began its life filled with yummy maple syrup.  The clear glass has been treated with several colors of Alcohol Ink, then  dry brushed with Prima Copper Texture Paint.   Count Your Blessings was cut out from the 6" x 6" Paper Bundle.  I cropped the corners with a ticket stub punch, then triple matted it before hot gluing it to the bottle front.

I dressed the bottle up with some ribbon and flowers from my stash.  Then I fussy cut the leaf from the 12x12 Bountiful Eight paper and glued it to the bow. Stickers from the sticker sheet are matted on bronze cardstock and added to the bow cluster along with the quote from the paper header.  I never throw these out, as I love the sayings.  

I hope I've inspired you to  break out your paper pretties and get your craft on as you create your own Bountiful Home Decor on a Budget.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Product Links: Authentique Bountiful 12x12 Collection Kit, 6" x 6" Paper Bundle, Artisan Cardstock.  Other: empty bottle, 4" x 4" chunky canvas from my stash, Alcohol Inks: Pesto, Red Pepper, Terra Cotta, Sunset Orange, Caramel, Butterscotch, Purple Twilight, Paint: DecoArt Media Burnt Sienna, Folk Art Coffee Bean, AC Black Chalk Paint, Tim Holtz Vintage Distress Collage Medium and Tattered Leaves Die,  Petaloo Flowers, Metal Charms from my stash.


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