Monday, September 14, 2020

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! 

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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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  1. This is such a creative way to use a dollar store pumpkin - very unusal and inventive.

  2. Muy original tu calabaza. Siempre dando grandes ideas.

    1. Thanks so much, Lola! But you are the Queen of Craft Ideas! Stay well and safe!

  3. This is a great new look for the orange dollar store pumpkin, Gail. Very clever to use the reflective tape and the stem is perfect for it.

  4. Wowza, that is great, what a transformation! Kind of like a disco ball pumpkin - I love it!

    1. Thanks, Julie! And that might be a new name for this - disco pumpkin! Too cute!

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    1. I know! It doesn't look like one of those foam pumpkins anymore! Don't you just love dollar store crafts?

  6. This is really cool Gail! I love those pumpkins at the dollar store, so many possibilities. Really like the reflective tape look!

    1. Thanks, Chas! Yes, the possibilities are unlimited with what can be done with those pumpkins!

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting and your sweet comment, Julie!

  8. wow! so pretty and different, great job Gail!!

  9. You would never guess a foam pumpkin was underneath. Great idea to use reflective tape for a unique look!

  10. That is one cool stem! I really like the tape, what a high end look and so glamorous.

  11. That's a brilliant idea Gail. I love doing mosaics but they do take a little time and all those tiles can cost a pretty penny. This is a great way to get the look without all the hassle and expense.

    P.S. So sorry FB went and deleted your page. That's so wrong.

  12. W H A A ? ! ? ! Reflective tape and silver paint?! You are a genius! I love the look! Pinning and sharing on FB. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  13. Brilliant idea to use the reflective tape!! I'd love for you to share over at our weekly Wednesday Creative Crafts Linky Party
    Have a great week!
    Creatively, Beth

  14. You are so clever, Gail! Never would have thought to use reflective tape as mosaics. Love your idea for making pumpkin stems with clay too. Such a pretty faux but real looking glass pumpkin!

  15. Gail,
    I can't get over this pumpkin. Love it. Congratulations, you are being featured at Over The Moon Linky Party.

  16. Very clever! I'll bet it looks pretty in candlelight. Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's.

  17. This mosaic glass pumpkin is such a clever idea! (I think that even I could make one of these . . . )

    I'm going to feature this at our Party in Your PJs tomorrow night on my Grandma Ideas site. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful idea!

  18. What a beautiful & clever idea! Saw this as a feature at GrandmasIdeas. Would love if you'd link it to my Craftastic Monday Link Party.