Monday, September 26, 2011

White and Jute Pumpkins

I've been very hesitant getting into the fall spirit this year. In years past, I've been know to put up fall decor in the middle of August. It's almost October and I've yet to put a lick of it in my house. It may be because I feel cheated out of summer. May and June were both miserable months full of rain....and NOT summer weather. July was alright. August was alright. But now that I'm feeling summer, fall has decided to rear its head...and you know what follows fall......ugh. I'm not even going to say it. That's probably the biggest reason why I haven't welcomed fall, because a certain season that begins with a 'w' is right behind it....and I'm toootaally not ready for that yet.

Anyway. Well, this weekend, since it was actually the first day of fall on Friday, I decided to do at least one fall craft. In past years, I grateful accepted all the full colors of autumn, with its reds and oranges, but this year, not so much. So, I had to find ways to make neutral fall decor.
white and jute pumpkin
 Step one was to create these pumpkins!
 I got some fake pumpkins at the store for about a dollar each on the big ones, and five dollars for the box of eight.
 At first, I attempted to spray paint them. I sprayed one, and it looked ridiculous. I barely sprayed it, and the paint already started to run. Plus, it was really really shiny. So I decided to nix that idea and just go and paint them with some white craft paint.
 Next I took some jute and glued the end piece to the bottom of the stem with some hot glue, then started winding it upward. Every so often I found that I had to put another dab of glue to prevent gaps in the jute.
white and jute pumpkin
To finish it of, on the top, I put a good dab of hot glue, and then kind of circled the jute around it and left a tail of about 5 to 7 inches long.
 I then dipped that tail into some fabric stiffener and wrapped it around a pen to dry. For more loose curls you can find something bigger than a pen, or just slide the jute off the pen when its still a smidge wet, but yet hard enough to hold shape.
white and jute pumpkin
 I made the tighter curls by twirling the jute around the pen and not leaving any gaps between one twirl and the next, and then secured it with a clip.
white pumpkins

white and jute pumpkin
Any more ideas for neutral fall decor? I can totally use it :)


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28 comments:

  1. Very cute, I love the twine ...:)
    have a great week ! xo

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  2. I love it! I haven't decorated for fall either, trying to hold onto summer still...

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  3. These are really awesome. Great technique with the jute! They are classic and chic for sure :-)

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  4. Oh the curly cue stems make me totally smile! These seem so very YOU! Who knew you could make pumpkins sophisticated, right? Love them!

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  5. These are so cute! I love the simple white look :) I am your newest follower. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. What a great idea and you gave such a wonderful tutorial! I so want to do this!!!! Love the stems! I'm liking the white this year too!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Oh I just love these! I haven't decorated for Fall yet either... it's still in the 80's and super humid here so I'm just not feeling it BUT your cute pumpkins helped get me more in the mood :)

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  8. I love this idea - sophisticated yet cute! Thanks for the great how-to!

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  9. I'm very impressed by your creativity. I can't wait to go through the whole blog and learn a few tricks.

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  10. These look so chic - the added texture makes all the difference.

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  11. This is so cute! Great job, and I think I may have to give this a try.

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  12. Alright girl, you must know I just "pinned" like 20 things from your blog! I'm loving it! I too and on the search for neutral fall decor. My home's colors are so not fall-ish so it's hard to incorporate the fall-ness in my home! I'm loving your pumpkins!!

    stop by for a visit!
    www.classyclutter.blogspot.com

    xoxo, Mallory

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  13. These are adorable & I love the jute details!

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  14. I love love your pumpkins soooo cute...I discovered white flat spray paint or white spray primer...fast..no running and drys fast and no shiney details showing through...try it for some projects...I adore your blog and am now a new follower of yours...come for a visit...phyllid

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  15. That’s so cute! I love the combination of textures and the curlycue at the end of the jute!

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  16. So CUTE! LOVE the curly vines. absolutely perfect. If you're looking for more ideas for the other pumpkins, check out this project I whipped up last week. Super simple and I'm digging the look. I actually kinda wish my stem was jute wrapped now instead of the moss. Ha!
    Dana

    http://craftedniche.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/deco-pumpkins/

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  17. I love it! Can I ask which store you got the pumpkins at?

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  18. I LOVE these! I'm not a huge seasonal decorator....but these are the perfect little fall decoration!

    I featured you on my new {Crazy Blessed Love} Friday Feature!

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  19. Super cute, they are perfect for fall decor.

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  20. These turned out really lovely! I painted some goodwill pumpkins this year myself, BUT the embellishment on the stems is the perfect touch. Nice work!

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  21. I love your pumpkin so I featured it today! Check it out here. :)

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button if you'd like.

    Have a great weekend!!

    xoxo

    Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  22. So adorable, Alicia! Completely boutique worthy :) thank you for linking up~I love your blog! Happy Weekend~

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  23. I would definitely like to try this! What store did you get the pumpkins at?

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  24. Would be extra spooky if you used "glow in the dark" paint!

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