Here's a little bling pumpkin for those of you who prefer your decorations to be a little bit elegant. I came across the adhesive trim in the $1.50 bins at Michael's--it took a little over one roll to decorate a medium-sized pumpkin. The trim comes with a peel off backing, so I just cut strips to length, and then I peeled and stuck each strip on the pumpkin. I added a sparkly black ribbon to the stem end.
My friend Imelda gets credit for this next idea. Another friend of ours moved last year and asked Imelda if she wanted a small artificial Christmas tree she didn't want to pack across country; Imelda said yes, she would indeed like the tree. A couple weeks ago, Imelda pulled out a can of matte black spray paint and sprayed her tree black. And oftentimes, whatever Imelda does, I end up copying. A trip to Michael's with a 50% off coupon netted me a small Christmas tree, and a rummage through the garage turned up a can of matte black spray paint. After that, I picked up some of the scrap book type Halloween trims, also at Michael's and on clearance right now, and crafted up a few paper ornaments. A bracelet of skulls and cross bones was deconstructed and restrung, and then the pieces were tied to the tree branches. And I found a bat for a tree topper.
I've always wanted to try a gourd project, so when I made a trip out to a country farm stand for this year's pumpkins, I picked up a couple of gourds. Let me tell you, gourds are NOT the quick and easy project that I mentioned at the beginning of this post because they take some soaking and scrubbing, but it's really not that terrible either. I gave Imelda a gourd and the two of us got together one evening and did a little painting. Have you ever tole painted? I haven't but my friend has, so she helped me out with mine by showing me a couple paint techniques. I still want to paint a second gourd to look like a pumpkin, but I thought I'd make a black cat for the first one--I found a picture of a similar gourd on the internet and the idea appealed to me. We used painted wool for the ears.
Remember I told you about my sister-in-law's decorated pumpkins? At that farm stand I visited, I picked up a couple pumpkins for friends and decorated them. Imelda (yes, her again!) hostessed our recent stitchery gathering, so I decorated a pumpkin for her as a hostess gift.
I also made one for my other sister-in-law . . .
and my good friend Lisa to thank them both for all they did to help with the Wild Child's baby shower last month--I still need to post some photos from that party and tell you about it, but that's a post for another day.
Finally, I decorated a pumpkin for myself. All of the pine cones that look like roses that I used in decorating were found on my lunch time walks.
If you'd like to decorate a pumpkin, scroll down a couple posts to the link to Mumzie's blog--there are instructions there about how to prepare the pumpkins and how to add the decorations.