Monday, October 11, 2010

Shabby Chic Halloween Pumpkins

I have seen many projects similar to the one's I made here, 
but I am thinking these may be rather unique...

  • scissors
  • tissue wrapping paper
  • assorted ribbons
  • Mod Podge
  • sponge paint brush
  • white primer spray paint
  • Sharpie markers
I purchased a few pumpkins from the Dollar Tree Store, and spray painted them with white primer.
Next, I measured from the base of the stem down to the bottom middle of the pumpkin (in this case the measurement was about 8 inches).
  I purchased this white and black tissue wrapping paper at Hobby Lobby. I took 2 sheets of the paper, laying 1 on top of the other, then folded them into fourths.
I cut 8" rectangle's through all the layers of papers, so that it gave me about 20-22 pieces of tissue paper. I then rounded off 1 end slightly so that the top had an oval shaped edge..
Starting at the top of the pumpkin, I painted a 3" line of Mod Podge down the pumpkin to the center of the bottom, and taking the a piece of the tissue paper, I placed the short, flat shaped end up against the base of stem and smoothed the paper down over the pumpkin until it adhered well. I used additional Mod Podge to make sure that all the edges stuck down tight. I carefully pressed the surfaces to make sure it was well stuck down and and the small wrinkles were smoothed out.  I repeated these steps again, this time using the oval cut end of the paper up next to the stem, and overlapping the 2nd piece of tissue slightly over the 1st piece of tissue.  Continue on around the pumpkin, staggering the flat end with the oval shaped end around the stem, until the pumpkin is completely covered with the tissue strips. Then working carefully completely coat the outside of the pumpkin/tissue with more Mod Podge until ALL of the tissue paper has received a layer.  Don't over coat with the glue however, because the thicker the coat, the more the pattern in the paper will become foggy in appearance.  Let this all dry-usually 3-4 hours in an airy place.
 Next, using a Sharpie Marker (in my case I used silver), simply color the stem of the pumpkin so that it is completely 1 color (if you are using real pumpkins, it is easiest to just spray the stem with the primer and leave it white). Cut your strips of ribbon to desired length (I used a 6" measurement), stack them, and use 1 additional piece of ribbon to tie them all together in the center. Glue the ribbon cluster onto the top of the pumpkin, and the project is complete!
I think this pumpkin is my personal favorite.
 However, I did not use tissue paper for this pumpkin, (and after working on this one I realized I would not have had to paint it first either) I purchased lunch size treat bags for the party section of Hobby Lobby and simply cut them to the same measurements as the tissue paper! These have a gorgeous glossy black and silver foil pattern that I just love!
~You use the exact same steps with the sack paper as you do the tissue paper~

What do you think? I'm lovin em!


lisawitt said...

So cute! I want to make some just like that!

Coley said...

Super cute!

the thrifty ba said...

love these! you should do a giveaway for them!

Tony and Kimra said...

omg, LOVE LOVE LOVE! they are absolutely beautiful!


Linda @ A La Carte said...

These are very stylish! Love them!!!

Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) said...

These are amazing! I would love to feature them, please let me know if it is ok to use your photo for that purpose. Such great instructions, I am going to have to try these too!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Sally...

Well my friend, I am back to see more of your fabulous autumn pretties! Wow...I just adore these pretty papered pumpkins! They look so elegant...and I really like that! Beautiful designed papers...and all that beautiful ribbon is like the "icing on the cake"!!! Sally, you did a fabulous job crafting these gorgeous pumpkins! Thank you for the GRAND idea and the tutorial! I'm definitely going to try this! I'll be keeping my eye out for some pretty paper. We have a Hobby Lobby but it's a couple of hours away from us. Not just an easy..hop in the car and run over to the store...kind of trip! Hehe!

I hope that my note is finding you well today, my friend! Thank you so much for sharing your pretty pumpkins with us today! I really do love these pretties!!!

Warmest autumn wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Allie said...

Those are Lovely! Great inspiration!
You should come link this up to my Making It With Allie Party!

Lei said...

So striking! I love them!

Shell said...

OMGosh! I love them! I was just sitting here thinking about painting a pumpkin black & doing a metallic foil or some kind of design on it when I spotted your link in Allie's linky party. Think I'll still see what I can come up with. Thanks for showing me what was in my head lol

The Tablescaper said...

Very cool. These are different. I really like them.

I host a weekly meme called Seasonal Sundays and I'd love to have you and your wonderous pumpkins join us.

- The Tablescaper