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Day 5: Spider Lace Covered

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Howdy! We’re on Day 5 of my #31DaysofPumpkins craftstravaganza! I know y’all think I’m never going to catch up, but you’re wrong! I have most of my pumpkins done and now I just have do all the blogging. So, don’t be surprised if you see a plethora of pumpkin posts! (Aye, I adore alliteration!) :D

Regardless, I’m SUPER glad you’re here. If you missed Days 1-4, you can find them hereherehere, and here. Please check them out and then follow me on FBTwitterPinterestGoogle+, or via email to make sure you don’t miss a single one of the 31 days! It’s craftastical!

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So today, my pumpkin is solely based on this gorgeous little gem I saw while browsing through my local Tuesday Morning. (I LOVE THAT PLACE!)

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As soon as I saw it, I knew I HAD to have it. But I was already knee deep into my #31daysofpumpkins kick and wasn’t going to just give up and BUY one! However, the more I looked at it, the more I realized I could probably make it cheaper than buying it. And I was right!

I can’t remember the exact price, but it was over $10 (closer to $15, I think)- and mine came in at less than $4! Nice!

This pumpkin was a bit more time consuming to craft than others, but I think I made it harder than I needed to. Here’s the tutorial!

Day 5: Spider Lace Covered

Grab your Dollar Tree foam pumpkin- or any other pumpkin you have handy.

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Paint your pumpkin super shiny silver. I pulled out my awesome Martha Stewart Acrylic Glitter Paint in Antique Silver and Sterling (and Onyx- but that’s later). These paints are amazing because they are true glitter paints. Antique Silver is a fine grain glitter whereas the Sterling is quite coarse. I chose both to create a unique look and feel for my pumpkin.

 I started out trying to cover up the orange pumpkin with just glitter paint but soon realized it would take umpteen-million coats. So, I put a quick base coat of gray and then multiple coats of both glitter paints. I LOVE the way it turned out! So shiny!

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After you have your pumpkin sufficiently sparkly, it’s time for the lace. My original plan was to go and buy some lace from a fabric store or something, but while shopping at Michael’s I found this awesome spiderweb lace cape meant for a doll (I think) for super cheap in their Halloween department.
{I forgot to take a pic before cutting it up- sorry!}

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Lay your fabric (or in my case, the cape) over the pumpkin and cut a square for the stem to poke through- then it’s on to figuring out how to make the lace fit correctly on the pumpkin.

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If you want  to make your life easier, you can just gather your lace like the one from Tuesday Morning. However, the fact that it was loosely gathered and didn’t sit flat on the pumpkin was the one thing I disliked most about their version. I really wanted to show off the sparkle of the glitter (I didn’t paint those million coats for nothin’!) and I wanted you to be able to see the spiderweb effect on the lace. I knew if it was gathered, both of those things would be lost.

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So, I grabbed my Aleene’s tacky glue and just started gluing the lace down. I would squirt some on the lace, spread it thin with a paintbrush, and let it dry. I kept going around and around the pumpkin doing this in all the areas where the lace would naturally lay flat. This, of course, left me with several areas of fabric bunched together.

Once I had nothing left but bunched up areas, I took my scissors and started cutting away excess fabric. Once edges were glued together, you could hardly tell there were even seams!

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When it was completely covered, I used some Martha Stewart Onyx for the stem- just to make it stand out.

I feel like because I glued it, it will hold up much better in the coming years- even though I would have had it done WAAAAY sooner if I’d just gathered it. But the kids in my house are ROUGH- so gluing was necessary!

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I know it didn’t turn out nearly as ‘soft’ looking as the one from Tuesday Morning- but I really like the final product!
Even my jingle spider approves!

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Be sure to check back tomorrow to see what other neat pumpkin idea(s) I’ve managed to dream up!

Til then…

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Between Naps on the Porch (Metamorphosis Mondays)
Serendipity and Spice (Manic Mondays)
Lines Across (Monday Funday)
I Should Be Mopping the Floor (Inspiration Mondays)
The Dedicated House (Make It Pretty Monday)
Keeping It Simple Crafts (Motivate Me Monday)
Boogieboard Cottage
 (Masterpiece Mondays)
A Stroll Thru Life (Inspire Me Tuesday)
Happy Brown House (Good Tips Tuesday)
Cornerstone Confessions (Titus 2 Tuesdays)
The Kim Six Fix (You’re Gonna Love It Link Up)
Savvy Southern Style (Wow Us Wednesdays)
The Dedicated House (Before and After Wednesdays)
Stone Gable (The Scoop)
Ivy and Elephants (What’s It Wednesday)
The Style Sisters (Centerpiece Wednesday)
Carolyn’s Homework (Extra Credit)

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means by clicking on them you help support a homeschooling mom and her incredibly overworked husband! We appreciate each and every click! Howdy! We’re on Day 5 of my #31DaysofPumpkins craftstravaganza! I know y’all think I’m never going to catch up, but you’re wrong! I have most of […]

Day 4: Torn Book Page Covered

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Welcome to Day 4 of my #31DaysofPumpkins craftstravaganza event- I’m so glad you’re here! I know I’m still behind (don’t remind me!) but I am slowly but surely catching up. Luckily, I have quite a few pumpkins finished and in the lineup- waiting to be premiered!

If you missed Days 1-3, you can find them herehere, and here. Please check them out and then follow me on FBTwitterPinterestGoogle+, or via email to make sure you don’t miss a single one of the 31 days! It’s going to be craftastic!

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Today’s pumpkin is made with decoupaged pages torn from a book. With all the bibliophiles in my family (myself included!), I thought it was so fitting to do a ‘book pumpkin’.

My daughter gave me a really good chuckle when I started this project. See, as a homeschooling mom (and self-professed book lover), I make a really big deal about taking care of books, treating them correctly, etc. So, when she witnessed me tearing pages out of a book, she said,
‘Mommy are you supposed to be treating a book like that?”

Gotta love that little girl!

Again, this craft is super simple- but I included a tutorial for those who feel they need a helping hand!

Day 4- Torn Book Page Covered

Enter: Stage Right- The fabulous Dollar Tree foam craft pumpkin.

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Don’t fret with painting it unless you just like painting- it will be completely covered. Scouts honor.

Grab an old book, a torn up book, an ugly book, a boring book- any book you don’t mind permanently defacing. I didn’t personally have a book I was willing to give up, so I hit my trusty Dollar Tree and grabbed one for a dolla! I stood in the aisle and flipped through a few for a minute to make sure I grabbed one with some nice heavy pages- I wanted to make sure this craft held up ‘through the ages’.

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Once home, I ripped out a few pages (it only takes about 3 or 4 depending on how big your pumpkin is) and started tearing them into chunks. I made sure to rip off the margins, because that would have left wide swaths of plain paper on the pumpkin and I wanted it covered in words!

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I tore a few little pieces, some long strips, and nice big chunks. I didn’t want it to look at all uniform.

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Then, I grabbed a paintbrush and my Mod Podge Hard Coat (dries with a nice shellac finish!) and got to work.

Slap on your Mod Podge, place a piece of paper, and cover with more Mod Podge. Easy!

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It takes a little time to make sure you push the paper down into the ridges so you don’t completely obscure the pumpkin shape- but that’s really the toughest part.

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You can choose to cover your stem however you desire. I chose to use book pages- I liked the seamless look.

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Voila!

Perfect for any library or book laden nightstand!

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Be sure to check back tomorrow to see what other neat pumpkin idea(s) I’ve managed to dream up!

Til then…

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I’m linking up to party down at these great sites!

Between Naps on the Porch (Metamorphosis Mondays)
Serendipity and Spice (Manic Mondays)
Lines Across (Monday Funday)
I Should Be Mopping the Floor (Inspiration Mondays)
The Dedicated House (Make It Pretty Monday)
Keeping It Simple Crafts (Motivate Me Monday)
Boogieboard Cottage
 (Masterpiece Mondays)
A Stroll Thru Life (Inspire Me Tuesday)
Happy Brown House (Good Tips Tuesday)
Cornerstone Confessions (Titus 2 Tuesdays)
The Kim Six Fix (You’re Gonna Love It Link Up)
Savvy Southern Style (Wow Us Wednesdays)
The Dedicated House (Before and After Wednesdays)
Stone Gable (The Scoop)
Ivy and Elephants (What’s It Wednesday)
The Style Sisters (Centerpiece Wednesday)
Carolyn’s Homework (Extra Credit)

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means by clicking on them you help support a homeschooling mom and her incredibly overworked husband! We appreciate each and every click! Welcome to Day 4 of my #31DaysofPumpkins craftstravaganza event- I’m so glad you’re here! I know I’m still behind (don’t remind me!) but I am slowly […]

Day 3: Pipe Cleaner Covered

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Welcome to Day 3 of my #31daysofpumpkins craftstravaganza! So happy to have you here! If you missed Day 1 and/or 2, you can find them here and here. Please check them out and then follow me on FB, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, or via email to make sure you don’t miss a single one of the 31 days! It’s going to be craftastic!

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I’ve really been enjoying all the creativity that’s been flowing through my house while making these pumpkins. It’s fun coming up with an idea and then watching something form out of nothing. Most of the pumpkins I’ve been working on have been fairly easy- not too intensive in terms of time or materials.

This one, however….yeeeeeaaaahhh….this one is a different story.

Here’s how it happened.

I said to myself, ‘Self, wouldn’t it be super cute to use pipe cleaners to decorate a pumpkin? They’re practically the same length and should be fairly easy to adhere.’

And, of course, Self said, ‘Yeah! That sounds awesome! It shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes and we can even use the sparkly ones!’

Thus, the journey to this pumpkin began.

True, the pipe cleaners were about the same length as the pumpkin. And true, I was able to find the super glitzy awesome ones at the ever fabulous Dollar Tree (whoop, whoop!), so that my crafting foray didn’t break the bank.

But that’s where easy ended.

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I must confess this was one of THE HARDEST crafts I have ever done! {And I’ve done some doozies!}

First off, all the pipe cleaners had to be cut to length- because although they were ‘about’ the same length as the pumpkin- they weren’t *quite right*.

Then I tried to glue them on with tacky glue- but that was just an exercise in futility. That stuff takes WAY too long to dry and I found I was going nowhere FAST.

Enter my trusty glue gun and we finally started making some headway, but true to form with glue guns, hot glue got EVERYWHERE. I pretty much burned my fingertips off, and the hot glue caused the finished product to look less-than-stellar (at least to me).

Because the pumpkins are foam, they tend to melt some under the heat of the hot glue, and it gobs in places- leaving unsightly glue splotches seeping up between your pipe cleaners.

At that point though, I was entirely too invested to give up- even though I really, really wanted to. {Those glue gobs were really getting me down, man!} To try and make myself love it a bit more, I grabbed some of my metallic craft paint in silver and black and added just a touch to the glue gobs in an effort to ‘mask’ them.

So after all my bellyaching- here’s the tutorial if you feel you need it.

Day 3: Pipe Cleaner Covered

Grab your trusty foam pumpkin from Dollar Tree (or any other retailer of your choosing)

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No need to paint it unless you want to (I don’t mind the orange peeking out between the pipe cleaners)

Measure your pipe cleaners (by holding them against your pumpkin) and then cut them all to size with wire cutters or really strong scissors.

Lay out your pattern and start gluing them down! (I chose to use silver pipe cleaners in all the indentations to create delineation lines- then I filled in with a black/silver/black pattern)

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Be patient- it takes FAR longer than the 30 minutes I originally anticipated.

When finished, use one last black pipe cleaner to glue around the stem.

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Be prepared to burn the crap out of your fingers because you have to move the pipe cleaners around a lot and fill in quite a bit. But the end result is worth it!

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Glitzy AND creepily spooktastic. It’s starting to grow on me.

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Be sure to check back tomorrow to see what other neat pumpkin idea I’ve managed to dream up!

Til then…

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#dollartree #31daysofpumpkins

I’m linking up to party down at these great sites!

Between Naps on the Porch (Metamorphosis Mondays)
Serendipity and Spice (Manic Mondays)
Lines Across (Monday Funday)
I Should Be Mopping the Floor (Inspiration Mondays)
The Dedicated House (Make It Pretty Monday)
Keeping It Simple Crafts (Motivate Me Monday)
Boogieboard Cottage
 (Masterpiece Mondays)
A Stroll Thru Life (Inspire Me Tuesday)
Happy Brown House (Good Tips Tuesday)
Cornerstone Confessions (Titus 2 Tuesdays)
The Kim Six Fix (You’re Gonna Love It Link Up)
Savvy Southern Style (Wow Us Wednesdays)
The Dedicated House (Before and After Wednesdays)
Stone Gable (The Scoop)
Ivy and Elephants (What’s It Wednesday)
The Style Sisters (Centerpiece Wednesday)
Carolyn’s Homework (Extra Credit)

 

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Welcome to Day 3 of my #31daysofpumpkins craftstravaganza! So happy to have you here! If you missed Day 1 and/or 2, you can find them here and here. Please check them out and then follow me on FB, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, or via email to make sure you don’t miss a single one of the […]