Monday, October 29, 2012

Book page and twine pumpkins

It’s hard to believe that the seasons are quickly changing, the pumpkin spice lattes are brewing and that fall is here already!
I was actually in Costco the other day and was surprised to find that the Christmas decorations were already up and ready for purchase.
I am happy to focus on one holiday at a time thankyouverymuch!
Which is why I made book page and twine wrapped pumpkins to celebrate the crispness in the air and the leaves falling from trees.
Want to know how to make some for your home?
Join me!  I am happy to share my tutorial.
By now, you may know about my little Dollar Store addiciton.
If you don’t, you should read up on some of the best things to buy at the Dollar Store here.
Don’t forget to check out the comments section.  It’s chock full of good tips from my readers.
To get started you will need some dollar store pumpkins.
 I put up a side by side picture of the before and after.
Aren’t they so much better after?!
Let’s get started making our mod podge book page pumpkins.
All you need is an old book, a paint brush, and mod podge…and of course, your pumpkin!
I painted mod podge on one side of my pumpkin, then slowly started layering book pages on.
Cover the book page with another coat of mod podge and press down into the creases of the pumpkin with your fingers.
This is a little messy, but so worth it!
Continue adding book pages until your whole pumpkin is covered.
While you wait for your book page pumpkin to dry, let’s get started on our twine pumpkin.
You will need twine (I got mine for $1 at a garage sale), a glue gun, lots of glue sticks, and your pumpkin.
Start on the bottom of the pumpkin pinching the end of the twine together and then slowly start wrapping in a circle around the pumpkin.
Glue as often as you can to hold the twine in place.
Remember to wrap tightly so the orange doesn’t show through.
 Continue wrapping the twine all the way to the stem.
Once you get to the stem begin to wrap the twine on top of itself.
Cut the end of the twine and poke it into the top of the stem.
That’s it!  Now you are ready to embellish your pumpkins.
I used a leaf from another decorative pumpkin that I have as a stencil.  You can easily make a large heart shape to get the same effect.
Cut the leaf out of several layers of book page paper (I used three layers).
Carefully pinch the middle of the leaf together, and glue.  This gives the leaf some dimension.
Glue your leaf into place on the pumpkin at the base of the stem.
I used thinner twine to make the vine tendrils.
Channel your inner pre-schooler and wrap the twine around a pencil to get the spiral.
I simply tied the tendril twine around the stem.
That’s it!  Now you have some very classic looking pumpkins to add to your fall display.
Each pumpkin cost me $1 to make since I had all of the supplies on hand.
Not bad for a buck, don’t you think?

8 comments:

Laura Decato said...

Those look great!

PJ @ Planned in Pencil said...

Super duper love the book page ones.... Hmmm I have a spare dollar store pumpkin!

Marti Cooper said...

These are so adorable! I host a SHOW-licous Craft Showcase if you would like to be a part of. I would love to feature this craft and your site!!

http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/search/label/Sunday%20SHOW-licious%20Craft%20Showcase


xoxo,
Marti

the cape on the corner said...

those look so cute displayed in the grouping. great idea with the book pages!

Ruth said...

Your pumpkins look fantastic. I love them. The grouping looks perfect. Stop by my blog.
Ruth

Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers said...

These are so cute! Just my style. Love the book pages and the twine and the little stems are the perfect touch. Thank you so much for sharing!

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Beautiful! I included these in my link party wrap up today!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog! Come stop by and grab a featured button: http://www.mygirlishwhims.com/2012/11/your-whims-wednesday-84-and-features.html