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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.

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