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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Welcome Fall

Posted by Merri Cvetan on Sep 14, 2016 1:39:29 PM
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Scarecrow Door DecorAs much as I hate to say goodbye to summer, fall really is a lovely time of the year. It means some of my favorite things—cooler temperatures, wool sweaters, evenings by the fireplace and football. It’s also time to make decorating changes. One of the easiest ways to welcome fall is with a front door wreath. This year, instead of the typical circular grapevine wreath with silk flowers, I wanted something unique. This happened to be an old decorative clock in a key frame.

I actually bought this clock months ago from Goodwill. The plastic face was scratched up and even if it did work, I would never hang it in my house as it was. But, I love keys and I knew it had a place in some future project. 

I found myself wondering, how can I turn this into a door decoration? A scarecrow was the obvious solution. First, I traced and cut a circle from off-white felt and glued it to the clock face using regular-old craft glue.

The nose is a triangle cut from orange felt and the eyes are black and orange circles. His mouth is drawn on with a Sharpie marker. If you have a little straw hat, perfect. If not, make one from felt. Cut out a triangle then turn up the bottom to form a brim. I decorated it with a piece of plaid ribbon and tucked in a leftover leaf. Glue it to the top at a jaunty angle.

Goodwill is also a great source for silk flowers. I found a variety of sizes in shades of orange along with fabric leaves. Either wire or glue them together to make a horizontal swag. I added a few faux acorns to give it a little more width. Then glue the entire swag to the key, just under his chin.

Not only is this “wreath” different, it makes me smile every time I come home. 

Now, if we could just skip winter…


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Topics: fall decorating, DIY projects, Merri Cvetan, Goodwill home decor expert Merri Cvetan

  • Scarecrow Door Decor

    One of the easiest ways to welcome fall is with a front door wreath. This year, instead of the typical circular grapevine wreath with silk flowers, I wanted something unique. This happened to be an old decorative clock in a key frame.

  • Scarecrow Door Decor

    I actually bought this clock months ago from Goodwill. The plastic face was scratched up and even if it did work, I would never hang it in my house as it was. But, I love keys and I knew it had a place in some future project.

  • Scarecrow Door Decor
    I found myself wondering, how can I turn this into a door decoration? A scarecrow was the obvious solution. First, I traced and cut a circle from off-white felt and glued it to the clock face using regular-old craft glue.
  • Scarecrow Door Decor
    The nose is a triangle cut from orange felt and the eyes are black and orange circles. His mouth is drawn on with a Sharpie marker. If you have a little straw hat, perfect. If not, make one from felt. Cut out a triangle then turn up the bottom to form a brim. I decorated it with a piece of plaid ribbon and tucked in a leftover leaf. Glue it to the top at a jaunty angle.
  • Scarecrow Door Decor

    Goodwill is also a great source for silk flowers. I found a variety of sizes in shades of orange along with fabric leaves. Either wire or glue them together to make a horizontal swag. I added a few faux acorns to give it a little more width. Then glue the entire swag to the key, just under his chin.