Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Well Mannered Pumpkins


I have a new favorite Fall decorating item!
For less than $2 each, I transformed dollar store pumpkins into works of art. And, it was super easy.
It's a little time consuming, so put on some music or turn on the tv and let the transformation begin.

What you'll need...

Dollar Store Styrofoam pumpkins.
Dollar Store Spanish Moss.
Pages from an old book torn into pieces.
ModPodge
White acrylic paint.(not pictured)
Paint brush
Xacto knife
A stick (not pictured)
E6000 glue (not pictured)

Directions:

Using the Xacto knife, cut the stem off of the pumpkin. You don't have to be neat with this because it will be covered up by the moss.

When I started adhering the paper to the pumpkin, you could see a little of the orange showing through, so I went back and painted the pumpkin white. Then, I started painting on ModPodge, sticking the paper on the pumpkin, and going back over the paper with another coat of ModPodge.

Here you can see how the orange shows through... 

Continue this process (after the pumpkin is painted white) until the entire pumpkin is covered.


I found sticks in my yard that would fit in the hole left from cutting off the stem of the pumpkin. I broke them so that they would reach to the bottom of the pumpkin and put a little E6000 at the end of the stick to stabilize it.


Finally, add a little E6000 around the top of the pumpkin and add some of the Spanish moss.


Oh...and the reason I call these The Well Mannered Pumpkins is because the pages that I used came out of an old Etiquette book.




63 comments:

  1. Super cute!! These came out awesome.

    I love re-doing stuff from the $ store.

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  2. Those are so cute! I was just at the dollar store today checking to see what they had. I would love for you to come link up with us.
    http://www.thesasselife.com/2011/09/link-party-3.html
    Hope to see you there!
    Kim
    www.thesasselife.com

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  3. Way cool and thrifty, too! Always makes for the best of projects ;-)

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  4. These are adorable! Mod Podge can just make everything all better, can't it! :) I love the stick in the top.

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  5. I love these! What a great idea! The spanish moss really makes them pop! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. These look great! I love anything with words on it!

    Nice to visit with you.

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  7. These are really darling. I think I'll have to make a trip to the dollar store tomorrow!

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  8. These turned out so darling! I love the idea of covering them with paper! I would love it if you would come link this up to Ta-Da Tuesdays Link Party!!

    xoxo, Ashley J

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  9. These are very nice, I like print or music in a project. Also your post reminded me to turn on the music. Maybe that will help me get on a roll. Here lately I have been all thumbs.
    Thanks, really,
    Lisa

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  10. I am so heading to the dollar tree for some pumpkins.. you've inspired me!! Can I borrow this idea??...love it!!

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  11. Fab project! I'm thinking of doing a few of these using Toile tissue paper! I love how yours turned out! I'd have a hard time sacrficing an old etiquette book, as I have quite a few! I love them!

    Now following! I hope you'll pop over and see me & my kitchen that was featured in September's Romantic Homes magazine!

    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage
    www.shabbyfrenchcottage.com

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  12. such a great idea! I tend to avoid a lot of fall/halloween decorations for my foyer because the colors would clash but these would be perfect!

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  13. These look great! Right now I'm loving anything with dictionary pages on it!

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  14. DYING over THESE!!!! I need to go get me some little $1 pumpkins!
    XOXO,
    Tasha

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  15. I love the look of your pumpkins! I have a "thing" about book pages and mod podge them on just about everything. This is a clever and original project!

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  16. These are adorable. I love the transformation. I would be thrilled if you shared this project on my Inspiration Board {link party}. I know my readers would really enjoy it.
    http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2011/09/inspiration-board-link-party-15.html
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    carolyn | homework

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  17. Bought everything today to make these, love them! Thanks for sharing!

    Deanna@DeelitefulCreations

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  18. So cute! I love how your pumpkins are black/white instead of the traditional orange. I also love how cheap they would be to make! I am posting this on Pinterest,
    --Jill
    from Jill Made It

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  19. I LOVE the decoupage pumpkins!! so creative!

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  20. Oh my! I swear I was JUST staring at those exact pumpkins yesterday at the dollar store trying to decide what I could make with them. PERFECT!!!

    Dana
    crafetdniche.wordpress.com

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  21. I LOVE these....and would like to feature them next week! :)

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  22. aw, i would definitely do this, looks easy but the final product is very vintage-y. thanks for sharing this.

    http://www.diyandmore.com

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  23. I made these last year...now I have to go find them!!

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  24. LOVE these! So excited to make them! So glad you linked up to Show & Share!

    Marie
    mylilpinkpocket.blogspot.com

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  25. I love this idea! I am definitely going to try these out!

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  26. So cute, I love these! I must plan a trip to the $ store soon! Thanks for the idea!!!

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  27. These are awesome!! I am so going to make these! Thanks for the great idea! :)

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  28. These are cute! I did this with eggs, and I forgot I had planed to do the same thing with pumpkins until I saw yours ;-)

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  29. Well hello weekend craft!!! These are awesome, thanks for the tutorial:)!
    Beth

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  30. I LOVE this project I may have to do this! come link up tomorrow at scrappy saturdays!

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  31. HOW COOL IS THIS! NEW FOLLOWER FROM LINKY PARTY
    XO,LAURA@IMNOTATROPHYWIFE.COM

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  32. These are great looking. I will have to try!

    ~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking

    A Mother Seeking...

    My City Backyard Garden

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  33. These are absolutely adorable! And so clever. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  34. Very cute idea and so easy! Thanx for the "tute"! Tiff

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  35. These are really cool...I picked up some of these pumpkins at the Dollar Tree the other day...I knew someone would have a great idea of what to do with them! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  36. These are adorable! I've just pinned you so I can try them myself later on! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  37. Love they way they turned out! I might have to repurporse the ones I did last year.

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  38. Those are so neat! Great twist on all the pumpkin decorating happening in the blog world! Thanks for sharing on Fancy This Fridays!!!

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  39. This looks so great -- I love it!
    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  40. Hey there! Just wanted to let you know I'm featuring this on my blog! Come grab a featured button! Thanks again for linking up! Can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!

    Marie
    mylilpinkpocket.blogspot.com

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  41. LOVE what you did to these dollar store pumpkins! Just wanted to let you know that we featured them on Sew Woodsy today!

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  42. I am loving creating with the dollar store pumpkins. I am doing everything with them! Love yours!

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  43. This is a great idea! I just decorated some pumpkins myself. I love yours!

    New follower from the Reasons to Skip the Housework blog hop.
    Come visit us @ http://everything-underthemoon.blgospot.cpm

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  44. This is amazing!!! I will be doing these this weekend, maybe with newspaper. I'm so glad I found you. I'm a new follower.

    loveandtangles.blogspot.com

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  45. Awesome! I can't wait to try them. I love all things books. I wouldn't have thought to do this. Gotta love dollar store creations -- or is it "recreations?"

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  46. I love these,,i would love for you to see what i did with these too,,,i paint and i made beautiful happy face's on mine,,,,i love your page,,i am trying to make my blogg page ,, lol ,, but taking a while,,,,,,,,,,,, christy

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  47. wow, I guess I'm not the first one to tell you how awesome this is...since I'm commenter number 52! Thanks for the inspiration! I started a link party at my blog and I'd love for you to link this up. If you're interested it's http://caribbeanmissionarywife.blogspot.com/ Have a lovely day, Maria

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  48. Love, love, love this idea! They turned out so dang cute! I am featuring them today at Creations by Kara. :)

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  49. So simple, yet so elegant! Love it.

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  50. These are adorable!

    Dawn... The Bohemian

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  51. You've been featured! Thanks for linking up! Check it out here: http://www.thekurtzcorner.com/2011/09/link-party-features-no-7.html

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  52. These are perfect. Love them. I would love it if you would come by and share them at my linky party.

    http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/09/bedazzle-me-monday-1.html

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  53. These are precious! Come link them to Thrifty Thursday so I can feature you this week. The linky is still open!

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  55. Wow. they look amazing! Come on over and visit my blog and check out my pumpkins too ;-) TFS

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  56. Hi there.........Ive been blog hopping lol
    This is a great make over......must try it come autumn time!

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