This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

We are getting ready for fall and Hobby Lobby is helping us out. We crafted a beautiful fall banner that will remind us of all our blessings and carved pumpkins to welcome our guests. Our home is decked out for fall and it was super easy. You can do it too with these great fall decorating ideas.

Welcome Fall!

welcome pumpkin fall decorating

A simple fall banner can add warmth to your home. Draped over a mirror in our living room, this garland shows our thankfulness.
thankful garland

Fall Garland Supplies

I found everything I needed at Hobby Lobby.

  • clothes pins
  • leaf place cards
  • acorn floral stem
  • burlap pumpkin garland
  • glue gun
  • glue sticks
  • brown Sharpie marker

fall garland supplies

How to make a fall garland

This fall garland is extra special! It will help our family to be grateful for all our blessings. Homemade acorn clips are a super cute way to clip our thankful place card leaves to the pumpkin garland.

Homemade Acorn Clips

First, carefully remove the acorns from the floral stem by gently pulling them from the plastic stems.

acorn clips

Next, hot glue an acorn to the clothespin.

how to make acorn clips

Write something or someone you are thankful for on one of the leaf place cards.

thankful leaves

Use the acorn clip to fasten the leaf to the pumpkin garland.

acorn clothespin clips

We are going to add a few leaves every few days until Thanksgiving. What a great way to focus on gratefulness this fall.

fall garland

Pumpkin Luminaries

Along with our thankfulness banner we are decorating our home with glowing pumpkins this fall.

pumpkin luminary

For years we have carved pumpkins but are always so disappointed when they rot and must be thrown away.  We found these cool foam pumpkins called “funkins” and they will last not only this entire fall season but from year to year.


Carving these foam pumpkins was a breeze. From knives to a Dremel too they really are easy to make. The Dremel tool easily cut away the orange skin.

dremmel tool carving foam pumplin

This technique shows up great during the day when the pumpkin isn’t glowing, but still will have a glow at night.

carved welcome foam pumpkin

More Foam Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Use a bit of washi tape to mark off the pumpkin to make the design even.

TIP: The funkins are painted so be sure to use painters tape or tape like washi tape that isn’t very sticky.

carving funkins

A  drill makes quick work of carving the funkins.

drilling funkins

Carefully remove the tape and you have a perfectly carved pumpkin.

funkin luminary

An exacto knife also worked great for carving the foam pumpkins.

xacto on funkins

carved foam pumpkin

Add battery operated tea lights and you have an amazing display.

fall decorating ideas

If you wants some more inspiration for pumpkin carving check out these pumpkin carving stencils. I also have some easy pumpkin carving ideas.

Hobby Lobby Coupon

I have a special treat for you so you can go to Hobby Lobby and grab all the supplies you need to decorate your home for fall. Enjoy this 40% off coupon!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  1. Thanks! I was surprised at how easy the foam pumpkins were to carve! Don’t forget to grab your Hobby Lobby Coupon so you can give them a try!

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