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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Easy Decoupage Pumpkins

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I've always wanted to try this, but all the instructions I'd come across previously seemed far too complicated, so I came up with my own!

First, I bought a mini artificial pumpkin for $3 at the craft store (about 5 inches in diameter). Then, I measured the distance from the base of the stalk at the top to the center of the bottom and cut 1.5" wide strips of some fabric I had on hand in this length (for this size pumpkin I used about 12). Next, I rounded the tops and bottoms of the strips into 'petal' shapes with blunt ends so they'd conform more naturally to the shape of the pumpkin.

Using Alleene's Instant Decoupage (regular glue would probably work too) and a foam brush, I coated the back side of each strip of fabric, then positioned it on my pumpkin, using my fingers to smooth out the edges. Each strip slightly overlapped the one before.

I made sure that the tops of the fabric 'petals' aligned neatly around the base of the stalk, which meant that they didn't align so neatly at the bottom, but when I was finished covering my pumpkin, I just cut a circle of fabric and glued it over the center of the bottom for a nice, clean look.

The whole process only took me about an hour. Now I want to create a whole 'patch' with different size pumpkins and fabrics that I can use again next year!

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