Decorate with Me: Fall Ladder Shelf

Welcome back to our fall Decorate with Me series. I’m joining Terrie from Decorate and More with Tip and Tammy with Patina and Paint to decorate a small area of our living rooms. I’ve decided to share a small ladder shelf in the corner of my living room that I decorated for fall, but that’s not all. I’m also sharing a DIY pumpkin tutorial using the sleeve of a shirt that I found at Five Below. It had all of the fall colors that I’m using this year, so I had to grab it. Let’s get started!

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Here are a few things I used in my fall ladder shelf & DIY flannel shirt pumpkin:

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Supplies for a flannel shirt pumpkin: rust, blue, and white flannel shirt, styrofoam pumpkin, and hot glue gun and glue.

Fall Ladder Shelf Decor

When the girls and I decided to decorate a small area of our living room today, I knew this little ladder shelf was perfect. Shelving needs decor, but it can be hard to decide what to add and where. Hopefully I can give you a little inspiration on your fall shelves!

On the top shelf I started to weave a fall leaf garland around the front leg. I let it run down the next two shelves then tucked it around the back to pool on the bottom shelf. Then I placed a milk jug vase with fall stems from Hobby Lobby with my DIY flannel shirt pumpkin next to it (tutorial coming up!). On the other leg, I hung a wood “fall” bead and pumpkin hanger to even it out.

Top shelf of ladder shelf with a white milk jug vase with blue, rust, and coral stems in it sitting next to the finished flannel shirt sleeve pumpkin.

On the next shelf I added a fall candle, but it wasn’t exactly the color I wanted. So, I wrapped a blue buffalo check ribbon around it, and problem solved! Next to it is a steel blue wood pumpkin from Hobby Lobby.

Top & middle shelf on the ladder shelf with fall decor on it.

The third shelf holds a velvet pumpkin with a concrete pumpkin and a Dollar Tree fall sign next to it.

Finally, on the bottom shelf sits a pumpkin shaped basket filled with pinecones, the pooled leaf garland, and, on top of those, wood bark leaves from Hobby Lobby. I felt like the shelf needed something next to it, so I placed a large white vase with 3 stems from Hobby Lobby (again, lol).

Bottom two shelves of the ladder shelf with fall decor on them with a white vase with fall stems inside sitting next to it.

DIY Flannel Shirt Pumpkin

Cut Sleeve from Flannel Shirt

Now you might be wondering how I made that flannel pumpkin that so wonderfully matches my fall stems. Well, it was easy, and I’m about to show you how!

First place the styrofoam pumpkin you plan to use in one of the sleeves to see how much of it you will need. Cut off the appropriate amount, minus the cuff section.

Cutting sleeve off a flannel shirt.

Then cut off the cuff part with the seam. Don’t worry about the button portion. It looks fine on the pumpkin. If you don’t like it, you could of course cut higher up the pumpkin, but I wanted to save as much fabric as possible. When that is gone, cut up the section vertically.

Attach Fabric to the Pumpkin

Wrap the fabric around your pumpkin and cut off any width you don’t need. Glue it down, making sure you have enough at the top and bottom.

Add hot glue to the bottom of the pumpkin and fold the fabric in to cover it. Glue and fold neatly so the flannel pumpkin will sit neatly flat.

Now pull the stem up so that it’s mostly out of the pumpkin.

Next, tuck the fabric toward the stem neatly, gluing and tucking it in place. I made sure that I had just enough fabric to reach the center so I wouldn’t have a wad of extra fabric.

Embellish the Pumpkin

Finally, embellish the pumpkin.

At first I just glued moss on top without adding any definition to the sides. I decided I wanted to show the dips in the pumpkins more, so I hot glued raffia on the bottom and wrapped it up and around the pumpkins, sitting it in the dips.

To cover the raffia on top, I placed moss from Dollar Tree.

Finally, add a raffia bow to the stem.

That’s it! Your DIY flannel pumpkin from a shirt sleeve is complete!

Top & middle shelf on the ladder shelf with fall decor on it.

That’s all, y’all! My fall ladder shelf is decorated, and my pumpkin is set!

What do you think?!

White ladder shelf with fall decor including pumpkins, signs, floral stems, and signs on the shelves.

Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok where I will be sharing the video of my fall ladder shelf styling. I hope to see you there!

Before you go, head over and check out my dear friends’ living areas!

Terrie – Decorate & More with Tip | Chest Decor with a Fall Branch Hack

Tammy – Patina & Paint | Simple Sofa Table

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    10 thoughts on “Decorate with Me: Fall Ladder Shelf

    1. I love how you made your flannel pumpkin and your colors are my colors. Love how you decorated your blanket shelving. Great job Niki and thank you so much for sharing with us!

    2. Such a fun and easy way to make a plaid pumpkin!! The blue paired with the rust and oranges on your shelf is lovely. Thanks so much for sharing at Home Imagined this week!

    3. Niki, I love this! Love the added fall leaves, pumpkins, and the pumpkin basket. So creative and fun! Thank you for sharing at Crazylittlelovebirds link party #2. I hope you join us again later this week. 🙂

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