Here is a little walk-through for the painted pumpkin ornaments I made. They are very easy, so I feel a little silly calling it a DIY, but maybe reading through the whole process will be helpful to some.
The main supply for this project is foam pumpkins and gourds. I found mine in the Fall section of Walmart. The small sizes were 97¢ each and the large one which I used as a tree topper was $5. I love all the various shapes and sizes they come in. I have seen foam pumpkins elsewhere, lots of craft supply shops carry them, and they are sometimes sold grouped in a bag. The noses came from Michael’s craft store. I found them in the aisle with some of their floral Christmas picks. I picked up two sizes but perfered the larger size. The small ones would be great if you have smaller foam pumpkins.
You’ll also need craft paint, paint brushes, and if you’d like them to be ornaments you’ll need string and a big needle. I used some black elastic I got on clearance at Joann Fabrics, but string will go through the rubbery stems a lot easier.
I think the key with painting these fellas is to just go for it. Free hand some various eye shapes and let them dry. Even though I used a high quality craft paint I still found I had to go over my eyes a second time. Once my eyes were dry I liked to go ahead and snip off a berry leaving a stem of wire that was about 1/2 inch long. Since the pumpkins are foam you can just push the nose in place with the wire, no need to even glue it there. The mouths only took one coat of paint, and then I added the blacks to the eyes.
Once all that paint has dried you can just dab on little teeth and highlights in the eyes. I didn’t worry so much about making any of the faces perfect, and even ones I didn’t like so much while painting look really great when they are all grouped together on the tree. So try not to stress about painting them. Most of all just enjoy yourself, and have fun! I especially liked painting the grumpy ones.
You can even add leaves and tendrils to the top of your pumpkins and gourds just by pushing the wired areas in the foam like the nose. My berries came with a few leaves so I used those. If you’d like to make a tree topper like I did, just paint the large pumpkin the same way and then use a knife to carve a small deep hole into the bottom. Since they are foam it cuts really easily. I then just pushed the pumpkin down onto the top of my tree and it stays put perfectly.
My friend Jennifer Perkins
and the folks at Treetopia
have teamed up to do a Halloween Treetopia Blog Hop. As you know I am crazy about Halloween decorating and was very excited when they asked me to be a part of the hop. Treetopia sent me one of their 6 foot black trees
to decorate for the occasion. I have always wanted a Halloween tree and I was so excited about decorating it that it took me several days to narrow down all the ideas I had. I found these foam gourds and pumpkins and decided to paint them & turn them into ornaments. I’ll have a blog post walking you through how easy they are to make on Thursday. The Halloween garland I actually found at a local antique mall, but I’ve seen various types of garland in stores so you could recreate the look quite easily.
Treetopia is giving away prizes all week long on their various social media channels, check out their blog
. for a chance to win a Halloween tree of your own. You can follow along on the blog hop to see how everyone decorated their tree with the links below.
I am almost completely finished decorating my house for Halloween and will get some photos of the whole spooky thing soon.
You may have noticed a lack of crafternoon posts on the blog, when previously they were blogged about every month. Before the Summer started I decided to take a break from hosting and asked the crafternoon ladies to pick a month and host at their house (on a voluntary basis of course!). While it’s been really nice to take a break, I missed our monthly get togethers and I think it was a lot harder then anticipated for everyone. We had a March & April crafternoon, but then no crafternoons until the end of July (photos above) The last photo is the white elephant gift I put together with a little nun bag I stitched up. Jessee hosted a sewing crafternoon at her house. I made gluten free lemon scones and a coconut bread that I never got a photo of. I think I was actually the only person who sewed anything, but I love working on my english paper piecing while hanging out with such wonderful company!
Our crafternoon family had a very sudden loss at the beginning of July when our friend Crystal and her young daughter passed away unexpectedly in an accident at their home. I think it made us all realize how much our little rag-tag group of crafternooners means to each of us. We all met up soon after and held a midcentury potluck in her honor, something Crystal would of really loved. There was even pickle dip because she absolutely loved pickles. The loss of Crystal has made me want to double my effort in getting crafternoon going again. These monthly meet-ups are some times the only time I get to see most of these wonderful ladies and I don’t want to let months slip by before connecting with them. So far we have a September crafternoon scheduled at my friend Jillian’s, and then October here at my house. I am really excited about getting the crafternoon gang back together each month.
Halloween cards for the spooky season are available in my shop now
It’s free swatch day over at Spoonflower!! Spoonflower will be having a Free Swatch Day featuring Poly Crepe de Chine starting at 12:00 noon Eastern Time. I forgot to even ever post about the technicolor Halloween fabric collection
I made, so this seems a good time to do that! I’m dreaming of sewing myself up a couple of dresses. One covered in candy and one with bats. You can see all my fabrics here