Boo-tacular Pumpkin Patch, DIY Decorating

Pumpkin Patch 2015!

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There is something about crafting that is really relaxing. I love Halloween and I love decorating and over the past few years I’ve put together some spookily elegant pumpkins. My pumpkins are made from foam so that I can use them again. You can use real pumpkins if you’d like. I used black, white and silver for my pumpkins but those are my favorite colors and once again, use whatever colors you want!

Foam pumpkins are just about everywhere. I got my foam pumpkins from the Dollar Tree, Wal-Greens and Dollar General. You can get different sizes by buying the ‘fall foliage’ packages and just using the pumpkins. But hey, if you want to decorate little squashes, more power to you. I keep them for my fall decorating next month. Most of the items that I used to decorate with can be found at those three stores, though some items will have to be found at an art store. Most of my beads I got from breaking up some super cheap necklaces I bought at a discounter store. You can get them second hand as well. This is probably cheaper than buying them an at art store.

The pumpkins are number one through eighteen. For ease of knowing where they are, I’ve gone left to right, top to bottom. So it isn’t overwhelming, I’ll try to do three to six each post.

Pumpkin One: Victorian Pumpkin

You will need:

1 Big pumpkin
Silver craft paint (art store) or sharpie paint marker (wal-greens)
Soft seamstress tape
2 in wide wire edged ribbon (dollar store)
¼ wide ribbon with chandelier beads (art store)
¼ wide ribbon with rhinestone studs (art store)
Stick on Rhinestones (Dollar General)
Silver chenille (dollar store)
Small round head sewing pins (wal-greens)
Hot glue gun

Paint pumpkin silver. Let dry.

Pin ¼ inch wide ribbon with chandelier beads to top edge of 2 inch wire ribbon so that the pins are horizontal to the edge. With seamstress tape, starting from the center of the pumpkin, measure outwards to where you want the top of the 2 inch ribbon to be and mark. Do this all the way around the pumpkin so you’ll have an even top edge. Because the pumpkin is a round shape, the ribbon isn’t going to lay completely flat, so you want the bottom of the ribbon to be flat, while the top might wave a bit.

Layer the ¼ wide ribbon with the rhinestone studs over the ¼ ribbon with the beads. Line top of ribbon to the marks on your pumpkin and using sewing pins, pin the ribbon in place by pushing the pins into the pumpkin. Trim ribbons and fold under wire ribbon where they meet. Using the remaining stud ribbon and more pins, pin the bottom of the 2 inch ribbon to the pumpkin. The bottom will lie flat to the pumpkin.

On top of the pumpkin on each bump, stick 3 different sized rhinestones, biggest on the outside and smallest near the stem. Twist chenille together and wrap around fingers to create curly cues and bend to form swirls to create a vine. Hot glue twisted end of chenille around pumpkin stem.

And done! Perfect for any Victorian inspired living room or party!

Pumpkin Two: Flower Pumpkin

You will need:

1 Medium Pumpkin
Silver craft paint (art store) or sharpie paint marker (wal-greens)
Black craft paint (art store) or sharpie paint marker (wal-greens)
Flower lei (Dollar store) or flower shapes in two colors (Dollar store)
Black plastic beads (art store)
Seed pearls (broken apart necklace)
Small Round head sewing pins (wal greens)
Silver chenille

Paint pumpkin silver. Let Dry. Paint stem black. Let dry.

Break apart flower lei. Using a small round head sewing pin, put a seed pearl, a medium sized black plastic beads and then three of the flower in either black, white, black or white, black, white onto the pin. I used about 12 flowers on my pumpkin.

Arrange flowers on the pumpkin, pushing the pins into the pumpkin to hold them into place.

In blank areas, using a pencil draw in swirl designs. Place seed pearls along the design using sewing pins to put them into place.

Twist chenille together and wrap around fingers to create curly cues and bend to form swirls to create a vine. Push into pumpkin near stem.

And done. One flower garden party pumpkin guaranteed to make any little girl smile!

Pumpkin Three: Lace skirt pumpkin

You will need:

1 Small pumpkin
1 Silver paint marker (art store)
Black craft paint (art store) or sharpie paint marker (wal-greens)
1 inch wide lace
Small round head sewing pins
Seed pearls (broken apart necklace)
Glue on rhinestones (art store)

Paint pumpkin silver. The paint marker I used for this pumpkin was oil based and not water based. You can see in the picture that it is shinier than the two silver pumpkins above it. If you are doing this with small children, I recommend using acrylic craft paint or the water based sharpie paint marker for this pumpkin. I used this silver paint marker because the pumpkin was small.

Paint pumpkin silver, let dry. Paint stem black, let dry.

My 1inch wide lace is a spider lace that I had from an old project. I bought this lace at Britex a very long time ago. You can use any lace you like.

Put a seed pearl on each of the pins that you are going to use to pin the lace to the pumpkin. Pin lace around top edge of pumpkin. Embellish lace with more seed pearl laden pins. This will help secure the lace more.

On my spiders, I glued two rhinestones, a smaller one on the head and a larger one on the body. Let dry.

Done!

Pumpkin Four: Crackle Rhinestone pumpkin.

You will need:

1 Medium Pumpkin
Distress crackle paint (art store)
1 or 2 bottles of super cheap black nail polish. (I mean super cheap, don’t pay more than 2 bucks for this.)
White craft paint (art store) or sharpie paint marker (wal-greens)
Soft seamstress tape
3 rhinestone ‘duct tape’ strips (dollar General)
Exacto knife

Paint pumpkin with distress crackle paint. Crackle paint goes on smooth and as it dries, it pulls apart to form square cracks like you’d see in asphalt or leather. The thicker you put on the crackle paint, the bigger the cracks should be. When the crackle paint is dry, you will be able to see orange parts of the pumpkin through it. So, let dry.

Paint pumpkin again with a coat of black nail polish enamel. Let dry. This will make the pumpkin shiny. Work quickly or the nail polish brush will gum up.

Paint stem white, let dry.

Using the soft seamstress tape, measure from the stem to where you want the top of your rhinestone band to start. Mark with a pencil. Measure from the stem outwards all the way around the pumpkin and mark.

Start peel of rhinestone tape, lining the top up with your marks, peel rhinestones off tape slowly and press down so they go into the dips of the pumpkin. Line second and third tape up with first. To trim edge of third tape, use an exacto knife. Set aside remains of rhinestone tape. (You’ll need it for other pumpkins.)

One very easy peasy pretty rockin’ pumpkin.

Pumpkin Five: Rhinestone swirl pumpkin

You will need:

1 Medium sized pumpkin
Black craft paint (art store) or sharpie paint marker (wal-greens)
Silver craft paint (art store) or sharpie paint marker (wal-greens)
Elmer’s glue
Toothpicks
Tweezers
Loose rhinestones. (art store)

Paint pumpkin black. Let dry.

Paint stem silver. Let Dry.

I saw something like this pumpkin in a Better Homes Halloween theme magazine. They actually used swirl rhinestone stickers that you had to order over the internet. (This might be cheating.) Using a pencil, draw swirls onto the black portion of the pumpkin.

Using a toothpick, take a small bead of elmer’s glue and apply it along the drawn swirl. Using a pair of tweezers for the smallest rhinestones, pick up and place rhinestones along glue. Use different sizes of rhinestones to create visual interest. You don’t want to use too much elmer’s glue because if there is too much glue, than the rhinestones will slide off the pattern. Do small portions of the swirls each time so the glue doesn’t dry before you get to it.

Once all swirl patterns are covered, finished! Let dry.

Pumpkin Six: Fancy Gift Pumpkin

You will need:

1 Medium Pumpkin
1 inch wide wire edge ribbon (dollar store)
2 inch wide wire edge ribbon (dollar store)
Black washi tape (wal-greens)
Black craft paint (art store) or sharpie paint marker (wal-greens)
Silver craft paint (art store) or sharpie paint marker (wal-greens)
Pearls (Broken apart necklace)
Interest bead (Broken apart necklace)
Small head sewing pins
½ inch wide straight edge
Stick on rhinestones (dollar general)
Beading wire or fishing line (art store)
Silver chenille

Paint pumpkin black. Let dry.

Paint stem silver. Let dry.

Most dollar store ribbon is actually quite sheer. You usually can’t tell this just by looking at it because it’s been wound so many times around the spool. Just take my word for it, 9 times out of 10 it’s sheer. Thus, you need to line the 1 inch wire edged ribbon with washi tape. The washi tape also makes the ribbon more stable.

You want to make this pumpkin look like a gift. So instead of the ribbon going horizontally around the pumpkin, it goes from the stem to the bottom of the pumpkin vertically.

Fold over edges of 1 inch wire edged ribbon to ‘finish’, measure how much you need of ribbon by putting the folded over edge next to pumpkin stem and run along the pumpkin vertically to the bottom. Cut ribbon and fold over edge to finish it. Fill one side of ribbon with washi tape to “line” it.

Pin edge of folded over ribbon next to pumpkin stem and into the pumpkin. Do this so they split the pumpkin into four ‘quarters,’ one to each side of the square stem. Pin down edges of ribbon going down the pumpkin.

Stick 5 rhinestones along middle of ribbon from small to large then back to small.

String pearls on fishing line, four smaller pearls, two pearls of increasing size, an interest bead, two pearls of decreasing size and four smaller pearls. Tie off each end of pearl string. Using small headed sewing pins, tie excess fishing line to pins and push pins into pumpkin so beads hang in pleasing swags. Use pins to push fishing line to side so pearls match up to side of ribbons if necessary.

To create “bow”, take ½ inch wide straight edge and place on cut end of 2 inch wire edge ribbon. Fold wire edge ribbon over straight edge, remove straight edge, place against the fold and then fold ribbon over in opposite direction. Do this until desired fullness is reached. Stick pin through middle of ‘bow’ and push into stem of pumpkin.

Twist chenille together and wrap around fingers to create curly cues and bend to form swirls to create a vine. Push into pumpkin near stem.

Place four large stick on rhinestones at corners of ribbons at top of pumpkin near the stem. And Done!

Join me next time for pumpkins 7 (super tiny) through 12!

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