Wednesday, September 15, 2010

podged pumpkins

(First of all, I apologize for the awful color in most of the photos below.  I was doing this project by the light of the half moon, and I didn’t have energy to edit them all...)
Fall is in the air, and if you could tell from my last post, I’m trying to welcome fall this year instead of dread it as a sign of the coming frozen tundra.  Aside from pumpkin pie, (which I don’t really like), and dressing up as random objects (like tubes of toothpaste and hershey kisses), a “must do” with fall is carving pumpkins.  When I was younger, I loved scooping out all the pumpkin guts and squishing them around.  I always got really excited to begin sculpting my masterpiece.  BUT pumpkin is not the easiest medium to work with and I was inevitably disappointed with the resulting final product.  As I got older, I also became more and more afraid of chopping a finger off, because that’s just something I would do...
So we started painting pumpkins, which I think is a great alternative so that even our little littles can decorate pumpkins.
Lately, though, I’ve seen some mod podged pumpkins floating around, all different kinds, from fabric covered, to leopard print, to scrappy, and they are all very cool.  All these mod podged pumpkins got my wheels turning.
(I don’t want to presume that this is an “original” take on the mod podged pumpkin, but I haven’t seen any that look like this finished product, which is why I’m adding my podged pumpkins to the growing list out there in blogland)

Now, I know what you’re thinking.  “She had pumpkins sitting in her stash??” And the answer is no.  I did not.  But they’re pumpkins.  That’s not a craft supply, is it?  And I had the rest of this stuff in my stash.  And you HAVE to make pumpkins at the start of fall.  It’s a requirement.  Do I need to use the get out of jail free button just for buying pumpkins???  You can tell I have a guilty conscience.
For podged pumpkins, you’ll need:
patterned tissue paper with a white background
mod podge
sponge brush
ribbon/string/tape measure
oh yes... and pumpkins.
Start by “measuring” your pumpkin, from stem to bottom.  Take your ribbon (or string or tape measure) and run it along the pumpkin, then cut it off at the bottom of the pumpkin.
Leave your tissue paper folded in several layers.  (I unfolded mine once),
and lay out your length of ribbon on your tissue paper.  Cut the tissue paper straight across here.
Then cut a “leaf” shape out of the tissue paper, going the length of the paper (so they are the same length as the ribbon you cut).
Do this with a contrasting pattern, as well.

Now, podge a section of your pumpkin, 

lay down a leaf of tissue paper and press it flat with your fingers.  You want to make sure to really smooth it down - the white background should look kind of translucent as you push it against the pumpkin.

Do this with the contrasting pattern, making sure the edges of the tissue paper meet.

Keep doing this around the pumpkin, alternating patterns.
If you have excess tissue paper by the stem, 
just push it down flat with your finger.
No one will even notice it when it’s done.
Now, the best part.  You can make some curly tissue paper vines to really make them cute.
 Cut some skinny strips of tissue paper.  
Podge it.
Twist it.
Wind it.
Let it dry.
Uncurl it very carefully.  Cute right??  
Put a blop (technical term) of mod podge on the pumpkin by the stem.  Press and hold the vine in place for a few seconds.  When it dries it will be nice and stuck.
You can do them with all one pattern too.
And here are some fancy damask pumpkins.  
My goal was to make it look like the design is stamped or painted on, hence using tissue paper with a white background which turns translucent with the mod podge.  When I first had the idea, I thought I’d like the bright colors of the pink and green pattern the best - I thought it fit my personality better.  But now that they’re done?  I’m totally in love with the black damask.  I think it’s Halloween, but kind of fancy pants, you know? 

As with any project that goes well, I’m kind of addicted now.  I think I’ll have to get more pumpkins.  But maybe next month... buying pumpkins once is probably permissible.  But twice?  I’d be in big trouble with the stashbusting police.


Katie said...

Saw this on the CSI project! LOVE your idea! Might need to do this with a few pumpkins!!!

Mandy England said...

Really cute Kimberly!

Anonymous said...

Love the results - especially the black damask!

Jill said...

These are really cute! I love that you can still see a bit of the pumpkin showing through!

I'd love for you to come and join my Fall link party next Friday (Sept. 24) and stop by because I'll be posting fall projects all week and featuring others too!


What I Did Today said...

Ooooooo! These turned out super cute. I'm gonna have to copy. :)

thepunkrockmom said...

LOVE this project! So flipping cute! The damask ones are def my favorites too. And I love your technical terms. ;)
You are a true craft queen!

And the judging is finished for my 'All the Small Things' photo challenge! Go here to see how you did!


Doreen said...

Yea! A way to create beautiful pumpkins without carving tools. I love this, and am now looking forward to stealing the pumpkins growing in my neighbor's front yard -- JK (just kidding) of course. Seriously, these are way cute. Thanks for the idea.

KasiaJ said...

Love love love the black and white damask, as well. Did you use outdoor modpodge? I suppose it they're not somewhere they could get wet, it wouldn't matter, right? Anyway, they look great- such a fun project!

Denissa said...

Very cute!! I love the damask ones :)

Denise C said...

Love them! said...

Wow, those are so pretty! I love how well that black damask goes with a pumpkin. Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

Unknown said...

I love these! I can't wait to try them! Thanks so much!

eileensideways said...

love it, so simple. do u think it would work with fabric?

Sandy Ang said...

This is a fantastic idea !

inhabiting_trees said...

Thanks for this suggestion! I made some of my own :)

Outlaw@Home: Mod Podge Mini Pumpkins

kim west said...

I featured this today!

T said...

Love it! Great Job, two things that Im nuts about, mod podge & black & white damask, so this is right up my alley!

Ricki said...

These are great! Gonna try them with my niece tomorrow, thanks for the idea! follower now too! ;)

Angie said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE! I tried it out myself, and we keep giving them away, so I'm making more tonight! I posted pics on my blog:

Angie said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE! I tried it out myself, and we keep giving them away, so I'm making more tonight! I posted pics on my blog:

Angie said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE! I tried it out myself, and we keep giving them away, so I'm making more tonight! I posted pics on my blog:

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