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All you need is LOVE...and a DOG.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Decoupage Pumpkins

Fall is one of my favorite times of year. It reminds us that the holidays are just around the corner...Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is an exciting time of year for me because I am constantly inspired to create something new for my home.

You can't go anywhere right now without seeing pumpkins. I love pumpkins, especially "Pumpkin Pie". I thought about buying some pumpkins for my porch and hand painting them like these featured on Alisa Burke's blog. But after some careful consideration I  decided to go with something non-perishable. Real pumpkins are great, but they eventually go bad and have to be thrown away.

I was at my local dollar store and found some foam carvable pumpkins for $1 each. I purchased 3 of the pumpkins and decided to create a Fall inspired table centerpiece. This way I can have my Halloween pumpkins and something cute for Thanksgiving.

I really didn't know what I was going to do with the pumpkins so I raided my house for anything that could be used for this project. I use this technique a lot to save money and it's also very inspiring because sometimes you find things that shouldn't go together, but they do.

{scrapbook paper}
{candle holders}
{mod podge}
{burlap & fabric}
{tissue paper}
{stick on letters}
{self adhesive rhinestones}
{mat board}
{table runner}
{fake leaves}

I played around with my items until I came up with this mock up.

I used and old table runner I already had that I folded in half and covered it with the chocolate and turquoise fabric. I know this seems weird...but my home is very colorful and traditional fall colors don't really mesh well. 

I used the the candle holder and glass cylinder to elevate the pumpkins and to give it some height. I covered the glass cylinder with burlap using double sided adhesive tape.

I wrapped the small candle holder with the orange tissue paper and adhered leaves to it using hot glue. I then placed the remaining leaves to fill in the gaps.

I used a scrap piece of mat board and the stick on letters to create the "Be Thankful" message. After I completed the mock up I decided the black was too dark and I added some fun scrapbook paper to make the letter's pop.

Once I planned out my design is was time to decoupage my pumpkins. This was relatively easy...but time consuming. I cut each page of scrapbook paper into strips and then adhered them to the pumpkins using Mod Podge and a paint brush. This was difficult at times because the pumpkins have curves.

I also added some rhinestones to the blue pumpkin and the be thankful. You can never go wrong with a little bling.

I love the final product... It's everything I wanted it to be and more. 

I hope this project inspires you.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fall Rag Wreath

I've been so inspired lately by the change in the season. I love the cooler days and comfort food that comes with the holidays, and I especially love all the fun holiday inspired crafts. I've been seeing a lot of wreath ideas on Pinterest lately and I just had to make one. I decided to make a rag wreath...very simple, inexpensive and fun to make. 

 I purchased this foam ring from Target of all places in the $1 bins located near the front of the store. I always check that area because you never know what you might find. I recently found a great roll of faux newspaper wrapping paper that I'm using for decoupage project.

I have a lot scraps of fabric leftover from  my sewing projects that I never throw away, because you never know when you might need to use them. By saving the scraps I saved my self money and time by not having to make a trip to the fabric store.  I know they don't really look like they go together, but I thought the green would be a nice contrast to the yellow and would pick up those tiny hints of green throughout the yellow paisley patterned fabric. 

I cut the fabric into strips about 11 to 12 inches long and 1 inch wide. If you try to recreate this project your strips will vary in length depending on the size of the wreath you are making etc. After cutting several strips of fabric I got to work. I just tied the strips around the foam circle with a double knot at the end. You just keep adding strips to the foam ring until it's full.

I think total time for this wreath was about an hour and a half. The wreath turned out really cute, but it was missing something.  I had some leftover burlap and twine so I made a "FALL" inspired pennant flag that I hot glued in place. I hung the finished wreath on my front door using a no damage self adhesive hook. 

It makes me so happy to come home and see my fall inspired rag wreath hanging on my door.

{ I also forgot to mention that I edited my photo's using a really cool website pic monkey }