Unique Fall Decor DIY

Ok, who’s ready for fall? This girl right here! {No, not in the basic girl kinda way… although I’ll never decline a pumpkin spice latte with a little white chocolate drizzle!} 

I’m ready for fall in the, “I’m tired of sweating in places that I didn’t even know I could sweat from…” kinda way. Phew. You really know it’s August in Maryland. 

In willing the seasons to change already, I went and bought fall flowers. Well, Michael’s was having their 50% off florals so who could resist? I decided this year my fall decor is going to break tradition! I’m going with teals, mauves, creams and browns. Ta-Da!

Dove house wreath

I’ve been dying to make some dove houses since spring. Never got around to making them. {My intentions are always good, follow through… eh. I’m working on it!}

I decided to spin the design of a dove house, and make them into my door decor “wreaths” for fall. Follow along and I’ll show you how easy it was to make a few of these for your own home!

Here's What You Need

  • 1 – 1.5×0.5 | 4ft board
  • 1 – 1×0.5 | 4 ft board
  • Nail Gun {this is the nail gun and compressor I have… I used 3/4″ nails}
  • Miter Saw {here’s the one I have… my favorite tool I own!}
  • Minwax Gold Oak Stain
  • Minwax Cherry Stain
  • Silk Flowers {don’t got forget the cute owl!}

The Process

So lets talk angles here… I tried to lay out all the pieces below. The “??” are there because I attached the bottom and then trimmed the edges even to the sides free hand. You can choose to do that or leave them. Either way they look great.

I also didn’t give you length measurements because it all depends on how large you want your birdhouse! As we go I’ll throw out what I used.

First, I glued roof together, mitered at 30º angles. This was the only piece I didn’t finish nail together. The wood glue held it together just fine. Follow your directions for whatever glue you choose. I use Titebond Premium Wood Glue {the one with the blue top!} It is some pretty strong stuff folks! Trust me. After 20 minutes it’s set and ready to go.

I measured my pieces for the roof at 8.5 inches each.

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While the glue was setting, I moved on to assembling the base of the dove house. Taking the bottom, I attached the 30º ends with a little glue and then nailed them into place.

My sides were 7.5″ long and my base was 5″ long.

Next, I attached the shorter of the two front boards with a few nails. 

 Honestly, I didn’t measure these. I traced them so I knew they would fit snugly.

Here's a quick and easy DIY to get your farmhouse decor ready for fall! #marialouisedesign #falldecor #farmhousedecor #farmhouse #fall #wreaths #dovehouses #woodworking #diy
Here's a quick and easy DIY to get your farmhouse decor ready for fall! #marialouisedesign #falldecor #farmhousedecor #farmhouse #fall #wreaths #dovehouses #woodworking #diy

Pro Tip: When spacing boards always use a place holder. {Extra Pro Tip: Nickels work great for shiplap!} For this project, I used this stir stick I got from The Red Dresser in Edgewater, MD {…shameless plug for the ladies I buy my chalk paint from!} It gave me the perfect gap between the front boards. These gaps are traditionally found in dove houses. I wanted to make this as authentic as I could.

Lastly, I attached the roof with a few nails. Being very careful not to shoot a nail through either side of the board. Lucky, I’m a good shot!

I’m loving the “natural” wood look that’s the current trend. To achieve the perfect color, I used Minwax “Golden Oak” for the first coat of stain and Minwax Cherry as the second coat {just to warm it up a little.} I LOVE the way this combination comes out on most wood.

Dove house wreath
Dove house wreath
Dove house wreath
Dove house wreath
Dove house wreath
Dove house wreath

Hello, my little friend!

Dove house wreath

It took me a total of 30 minutes to make three of these houses for my upstairs doors. All three are decorated a little different, but so perfect all in their own right.

I just can’t tell you how much I love them! I’m really feeling the mauves, plums, creams and teals going on in these flowers. It’s really feel like fall… eh… minus the 100+ degree heat index outside! One can dream of apple cider and fuzzy socks…

Till next time!




Here's a quick and easy DIY to get your farmhouse decor ready for fall! #marialouisedesign #falldecor #farmhousedecor #farmhouse #fall #wreaths #dovehouses #woodworking #diy

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