Is the weather starting to turn cooler where you live? It’s still pretty warm in the southern part of Ohio, but within the last week the mornings have been chilly and just yesterday I realized the leaves on a few of our trees are starting to turn red. Fall is right around the corner. I’m not quite ready to start decorating for fall, but I am getting the itch to create a few fall inspired projects.
Today’s project is part of the Monthly DIY Challenge. September’s challenge item is Mod Podge, which in truth isn’t much of a challenge because it can be used for so many things. I use Mod Podge a lot, most often for decoupaging furniture like this and this, and for transferring images like this. For the challenge, I thought it would be fun to update this pack of cheap pumpkins and gourds I purchased at the Dollar Tree.
This is a super versatile project. You can use virtually any paper or fabric to decoupage the pumpkins. I chose to use pretty fabric scraps I had leftover from another project.
To decoupage the fabric (or paper) onto the pumpkins, I used a foam brush to apply a liberal amount of Mod Podge to the pumpkin. You’ll want to work in stages and only apply Mod Podge to one section at a time. Next, simply press the fabric onto the Mod Podge and smooth out any wrinkles or air bubbles with your fingers. (For reference, I cut my fabric into approximately 1″ x 2″ rectangles, but you can definitely do larger pieces if you like). I overlapped the fabric pieces so it looked a bit scrappy and layered.
Once you’ve finished decoupaging the entire pumpkin and the Mod Podge is dry, you can brush another layer of Mod Podge over top to act as a protective sealer if you wish.
When I was finished decoupaging, the cheap plastic stems were still sticking out and I thought it would look cute to cover them with twine. I used a hot glue gun to dab a little glue onto the stems, then just wrapped the twine around the stem starting at the base and working my way up. I added more dabs of hot glue as needed.
To make a curly end, leave a tail when you cut the twine at the top of the stem.
Brush Mod Podge onto the loose piece of twine (you want the twine to be fairly saturated with Mod Podge), then wrap it around a pencil. Let it set up for a few minutes, but don’t let it dry completely. You’ll want to slide the pencil out before it’s dry or the pencil will end up completely glued to the twine.
When it’s fully dry, the curl will stay in place and your pumpkin will look like this.
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Below you’ll find the rest of the Monthly DIY Challenge projects. If you see one you like, just click the photo to see the full tutorial. And just below that is the Rafflecopter to enter the Plaid Crafts giveaway. Don’t forget to toss your name in the hat for a chance to win!
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