Thursday, September 24, 2020

Whimsical Scarecrow Gourd DIY

Add a touch of whimsy to your Fall decor creating an adorable scarecrow gourd.   Gourds are part of the pumpkin and squash family and a fun addition in decorating for the fall season! It's perfectly designed for many types of craft projects - especially the whimsical ones! But cleaning and drying gourds can take a lot of time and effort - sometimes up to a year to dry out completely. You can take the easy way out and decorate an already dried gourd or simply buy a paper mache gourd like I did. Either way, crafting gourds may become a creative obsession. There are so many unique ways to craft and use them in seasonal decor. 
Just by painting on a funny face and adding a few whimsical decorations, you're sure to put a smile on everyone's face who see it! And the whimsical gourd looks great as a centerpiece, as well as a fun conversation starter, too! Here's a fun way to decorate one:

Materials Needed
  • Pot Belly Gourd (paper mache)
  • White chalk paint/metallic acrylic paints
  • Paint/sponge brushes
  • Raffia
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors/
  • Pencil/Magic marker (black)
  • Burlap
  • Mod Podge/sponge
Let's begin by painting the entire gourd with white chalk paint.  Once dry, paint the top portion with a few layers of a metallic bronze shade and .  .  .
let dry.
Then sponge paint the bottom area with a complimentary color like this golden brown acrylic.
Applying several layers for a rich autumn look and let dry.
To add to the whimsy look, make a raffia brim using raffia from the dollar store. This brim adds to an illusion of a scarecrow hat on top - that's why it's done in a different color.
To make the raffia brim, measure around the neck of the gourd with a strip of raffia, allowing for a few extra inches to tie the ends together and then cut off the measured piece from the bundle. Next, start cutting off lots of six inch strips of raffia for the fringe brim. I used two bundles to make strips. And it was more than what I needed to fit around the top of the gourd.  Next, line up a few of the 6" pieces together and fold in half forming loops on one end and place over the longer strip.
Make a lark's head knot by placing the loop over the long piece of raffia and pulling the raffia strands through the loop around the raffia, as pictured, 
pulling the raffia strands tight into a knot. 
Continue making larks head knots with groups of three to four 6" strips of raffia around the longer raffia strip until it is completely covered - leaving enough raffia to tie in a knot around the gourd.
Then evenly cut off the raffia to mimic a scarecrow hat's brim.
And tie it tightly around where the different colors of the gourd meet. Use hot glue to keep the brim in place.
And finally, fluff and separate the raffia around for a cool brim look.
You can take it up a notch and make a real hat out of burlap. Simply soak  burlap with Mod Podge to make it stiff using a sponge and .  .  .
hang up to dry.
Once the burlap has dried, use a large plate to cut out a circle - then cut the circle in half. 
Bring the two ends of the half circle together to form a cone.  Adjust the size of the cone so that the base fits the widest portion of the top of the gourd and sits perfectly on the raffia brim. Hold in place and apply glue to the edge of the burlap to seal.
Now it's time to make the face! Draw on a whimsical face using a pencil, starting with the eyes. Hmm - caution: I can't draw or paint, so please bare with me. I looked online for a funny scarecrow template - there are zillions of them, so I'm just winging it here by looking at some the examples. After drawing on the eyes  -
go over the lines with a black magic marker.
Then add the eyebrows, nose and mouth. Filling in the eyes with white chalkpaint, and nose, with a spicy orange acrylic.
Too cute!
How's this for whimsy!

Perfect for our Creative Craft Blog Hop!

Welcome to our monthly Creative Craft Blog Hop created by Chloe @ Celebrate & Decorate and Andrea @ Design Morsels!  I've teamed up with a talented group of creative bloggers to bring you lots of 
wonderful ideas and inspirations! 

Have fun and get inspired by all of the wonderful creations this month by clicking on the links below!

If you're hopping along this blog hop, I hope you enjoyed Rachelle's adorable rustic autumn craft! Your next stop is Lynne @My Family Tyme sharing her lovely stamped tea towels!

Monday, September 14, 2020

Decoupage Jack O Lantern Wood Cutout

It's time again for our monthly Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by Erlene @My PinterventuresThe purpose of the Pinterest Challenge is to motivate us to not just pin, but to make it happen! This month's challenge is to create a project using a pumpkin or Halloween theme! I think I've nailed this for both pumpkin and Halloween! 

There are so many projects on Pinterest highlighting pumpkins and Halloween! I'm always attracted to decoupage projects, which I love - checking out how others decoupage and the techniques they use, so I was drawn to this pin  because it uses ribbon (fabric) to decoupage the wood pumpkin cutout. I had gotten a jack-o-lantern cutout from the Dollar Tree either last year or the year before. It's just been sitting in my stash with me wondering how I might use it. Seeing this pin help me decide what to make with my jack-o-lantern! Plus, I couldn't believe finding buffalo check fabric in the new craft section at the Dollar Tree! Imagine how surprised and thrilled I was!

Supplies Used:
  • Jack-O'-Lantern Wood Cutout
  • Buffalo Plaid Fabric
  • Mod Podge-Matte
  • White Acrylic Paint/brush
  • Scissors/Utility craft knife
  • Bowdabra
  • Embellishments
  • Hot glue gun
Let's begin by painting the unfinished wood .  .  . 
with white acrylic paint and let dry.
Next, cover the painted side with a layer of Mod Podge.
Then smooth the fabric over the Mod Podge covered jack-o'-lantern and then cover the right side of fabric with an additional layer of Mod Podge.
Once the fabric has dried, begin cutting off the excess following the outline of the wood . .  .
around the entire pumpkin, including the stem.
Use a utility craft knife to cut out the eyes, nose and mouth.
How cute is this!
To make ribbon strips for a bow, apply Mod Podge to the wrong side of the fabric to stiffen. Once the fabric has dried, cut into strips and  .  .  .
create bows for embellishment using the Bowdabra.
Then attach the bows to the stem with hot glue .  .  .
adding additional embellishments of leaves and sunflowers for a lovely Fall hanger.
For more Pinterest inspired projects from this month's Pinterest Challenge hosts, check out the links below ↓

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Faux Mosaic Glass Pumpkin

We all love seeing dollar store hacks that look like high end decorations. And who doesn't love taking your decor to the next level without spending a small fortune. So let's glam it up for Fall by making a gorgeous pumpkin in a mosaic style. Here's a fun and simple technique that uses reflective tape from the Dollar Tree to achieve the look of a faux mosaic glass pumpkin! How cool is this! 

But before we get started with the tutorial, please "Like" me on Facebook! I'm trying to recoup all of my likes I lost when FB deleted my first Purple Hues and Me page for unknown reasons! Thanks so much - I really appreciate you!

Materials Needed:
  • Foam Pumpkin (Dollar Tree)
  • Reflective 15ft Roll Tape - (Dollar Tree)
  • Utility Knife (Dollar Tree)
  • Clay Dough (Dollar Tree)
  • Skewer Stick
  • Paint/Foam Brush 
  • Parchment Paper
  • Scissors

Let's begin by painting the foam pumpkin metallic silver (not shown). Then take a piece of clay .  .  . 
and knead it to make it soft and pliable  .  .  .
rolling it into a cylinder shape.
Adjusting the size to be fatter at one end - to attach to the pumpkin body by shaping the end into a flat circular shape .  .  .
and scooping out a portion of the clay .  .  .
to fit over the existing knobby stem. Make lines and grooves similar to a real pumpkin stem down the sides with a skewer stick.   
Use a craft knife to add design to the base and then give the stem a twist and curve to complete the shape.
Because of the adhesive back, it's easier to cut up the reflective tape into irregular triangles, diamonds, rectangles and square shapes by placing tape strips on parchment paper first.
And then place the pieces in random patterns around the entire pumpkin. Allowing just a bit of space between each one to mimic grout.
And finally, paint the pretty stem with a matching metallic acrylic craft paint to complete the look.
Looks perfect in a tablescape or displayed on a mantle - or anywhere in your home for a one-of-a-kind look in decor!
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When light shines on the faux mosaic pumpkin, it creates a lovely artistic reflective glow.
Don't you just love how this dollar store pumpkin turned out!
Just perfect in any Fall decor!

And now for more Dollar Store Goodies!

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