Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Crafternoon: DIY Preppy Pumpkins

Last year my boss and I had a crafternoon at work and made these great Lilly pumpkins!

They were easy and you don't need many supplies at all!

1. Pumpkins: we used hollow ones from Hobby Lobby that were light and small
2. Wrapping Paper: in your print of choice
3. Mod Podge: lots, this is more like paper mache!
4. Glitter: if you want to make a baby glitter pumpkin
5. Green paint if you want to spruce up the stems

Steps for wrapping paper pumpkins:
1. Cut your wrapping paper into 1'' thick strips--this makes placement on the pumpkin MUCH easier
2. Paint a small section, maybe 3'' wide, of your pumpkin with Mod Podge
3. Cover that wet area of the pumpkin with dry wrapping paper strips--1 at a time
4. Paint strip of wrapping paper with Mod Podge--during this step you are trying to saturate the paper to make it lay flat. Getting it saturated is really a key.
5. Repeat

Steps for glitter pumpkins:
I definitely did this pumpkin backwards last year when I did it, but I know a better way now!
1. Mix glitter and Mod Podge in a small bowl
2. Paint pumpkin with glittery paste mixture
3. Let layer dry
4. Repeat as necessary for full coverage

Glue may drip, in fact glue dripped EVERYWHERE on our pumpkins. Because of that, when we peeled the dry pumpkins off the drying surface (a styrofoam plate) some of the bottom of the paper peeled off/stuck to the plate. This is ok! It will all be hidden when the pumpkin stands up or is displayed!

This DIY pumpkin craft is a great craft if you don't like carving pumpkins. I don't really like goopy guts inside the pumpkin, so I am much more inclined  to make something like this! Plus, these pumpkins can be packed and reused year upon year. A year later and our pumpkins look great! 

Happy Halloween Crafting!



My Life as A Plate said...

The pumpkins came out super cute! I cannot wait to try this out!

Melissa said...

So cute! Love!


Table4One said...

Found you on Instagram through a friend and are now your newest follower :) LBP are my initials! So every time I read "lbp" on your blog somewhere it cracks me up!! Loving those pumpkins!!

Breanna Firth said...

This is adorable!!