Friday, September 1, 2017

Pumpkin Makeover and Fox 13s The Place Segment

Fall is my favorite time of year! I love everything about it and get so excited to decorate for it! One of the things I love most are pumpkins! My kids love when we head to the pumpkin patch each year and pick out the best looking ones! Pumpkins add a special touch to any front porch, the only problem is, most real pumpkins don't last very long and have a hard time holding up for all the months of Fall. I love having pumpkins on the porch for the months of September, October and November.  
Fake pumpkins are the way to go if you want them to make it the entire three months of the season. I'm going to show you some easy ways to spruce up your fake pumpkins and help them look like they came straight from the pumpkin patch!

You are going to start with Fake, Plastic Pumpkins. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby. They have everything for Fall Crafts, and they always have coupon codes! I got my pumpkins for 40% off. The other items you will need are a glue gun, Modge Podge, black paint, brown paint, crafting rope, foam paint brushes and Cinnamon. I just used what I had on hand. The only things I purchased were the pumpkins.

To start, make a paint wash of one part water, one part brown paint (photo 1). Add a few drop of black paint. Brush onto your pumpkin in sections (photo 2) and wipe off with a paper towel. Keep doing this until your pumpkin looks a little dirty like they do when you first pick them from the pumpkin patch and the shine from the plastic is gone. Let dry for a few minutes. Now to doll up the stem so that it doesn't look plastic. Cut tiny pieces of craft rope and hot glue around the stem (photo 3), going all the way around the stem. You can glue the middle of the rope so that it will stick together and you can bend it to any shape you would like. The amount of rope you use will depend on the size of the pumpkin. Leave the ends frayed and unglued. It gives it a more natural look. Once you're done gluing the rope, cut it down to the size you would like, (photo 4).

 After your stem is all glued around, and it's the height you would like, you are going to brush it with Modge Podge. Cover the craft rope in a thin coat of the Modge Podge, then sprinkle with Cinnamon. That's right, Cinnamon! You can use brown chalk powder if you have that, but it's kind of expensive to order. Everyone has Cinnamon on hand and it's really inexpensive so I just used that. It worked great! Sprinkle the Cinnamon on the Modge Podge just like you would glitter. Shake off any excess Cinnamon and coat with another thin coat of Modge Podge. Let dry overnight or until hardened. Your stem will look like wood like the photo above.
That's it! Your pumpkins are now ready for the porch! I had mine sitting by my front door this past week when a friend stopped by. She asked which pumpkin patch we went to that had pumpkins already. She was shocked when I told her they were fake ones. These pumpkins took me about 30 minutes to make, not including the drying time. It's super easy and fun to make! Happy Fall!

To watch my segment on Fox 13's The Place, follow the link below.

The Keeper of the Crayons

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