Monday, October 15, 2012

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins!

This pumpkin I made with chicken wire and papier- mache'. I was inspired by a copper metal one I saw in a store, but it was too expensive for my pocket. I molded the chicken wire into this pumpkin shape and covered it with strips of newspaper dipped in watered down Elmer's glue. Painted it with black spray paint first, then dry brushed copper craft paint over it. I allowed the black to come through so that it wasn't  one dimensional. Added upholstery nails and berries. I love it. And I didn't spend a dime because I already had everything!

These little cuties were also inspired by some I had seen on line.  I took some silk fabric swatches I had, cut them in a square. I sewed all along the edges very loosely. Holding one end of the hem, I pulled the other so that it gathered and pulled into itself forming a cup shape. Stuffed it with batting, pulled the thread again until it closed completely. The stem is wire with fabric hot glued around it. You can sew the stem to your pumpkin or glue it. I glued dried moss around the stem to cover all the areas that were not so pretty. Put them in a basket and set them on an end table. So cute.

These also were made like the others above. This time however I used rel pumpkin stems and hot glued them to the top. Even glued some dried grapevine to the stem. Cut a leaf shape out of fabric and attached again with hot glue. I love my hot glue gun! It makes life so much easier.

Now this little guy has a story. It is a real pumpkin I had decorated last year with black spray paint and  hot glued with ribbon. I left it outside all winter into the spring. It never rotted like the other pumpkins. It completely dried like a gourd. I was so glad I didn't have to throw it away.


The upper left musical note pumpkin was dollar store find. It was ugggly! A horrible bright orange. I knew I could make something of it. I added strips of sheet music to it using watered down Elmer's glue. That's it. Oh I did spray it with  coat of poly. To protect it and give it a little shine.

Now this one is a craft pumpkin from Michael's. It was orange, so I painted it black. Then I put a "B" on it with a little design around it. It was too crisp looking for me, so I scratched a little off so it looked more aged. I hope you were inspired by these pumpkins. Most of them I made last year and some longer than that. Go grab that old pumpkin you don't like anymore and refurbish it. Make it new again! Happy pumpkin creating!

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  2. Michelle, you've inspired me. Imonna take a pumpkin, make pumpkin soup, and serve it in the pumpkin itself. I love edible serving containers.

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    1. I am so happy you were inspired! I have to say you have always inspired me with your many talents! Love you, and thanks!

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  3. I deleted the first comment because I didn't have a proper period. Freakin' OCD.

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    1. hahahaha...you always make me laugh!

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