Thursday, September 27, 2012

Neutral Pumpkins: White and Jute

This is a throwback project from last year. As I mentioned in my last post, I tried to decorate my house with very neutral colors for fall, so these pumpkins were perfect :)
White pumpkins
 They are super easy to make too.  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. If you plan well, you can get these on clearance for super cheap the year before :)
 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.
 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.
white and jute pumpkin
 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.
 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.
DIY pumpkins
I noticed they all fall where they want. I like to think its a little whimsical :)
white and jute pumpkin
And on a good note :) I finally got my fall wreath on the door lol. I know, it feels like I'm a little late considering my neighbor had hers up at the beginning of August. I figure, I'd put mine up when it looks like the leaves are changing on the trees. A good rule to go by :)

8 comments:

  1. Great idea to use jute!
    I would love to invite you to Homa Style's No Orange Autumn Display Link Party going on now. Here's the link...
    http://homastyle.com/wp/2012/09/25/no-orange-autumn-decor/
    Hope to see your white pumpkins there!

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  2. I painted some of my pumpkins in a creamy white too, but the jute adds so much! I will be adding it to mine...thanks for the tip. Very pretty!

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  3. Absolutely adorable DIY! I love it! I will definitely be using this!

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  4. I will be adding jute as well to my faux pumpkin stems. Love it.

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  5. These are so pretty! I'd have never thought of making the little whimsical spirals at the top with the fabric stiffner, that's genius! I'm loving the white trend this fall, and these are just perfect for it.
    Myself and a group of bloggers host a monthly themed party called SPARK, and the October party just started today, I'd sure love for you to come share this idea there, it's so great! http://www.justalittlecreativity.com/2012/10/harvest-festival-october-spark-party.html

    Hope to see you there, in the meantime, I'm a new follower here and will be browsing your blog for more awesomeness :)
    -Molly
    JustALittleCreativty.com

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  6. Love these! The fabric stiffener is a great tip...I was wondering how you got those cute little curly-Q's to stay so perfectly!

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  7. I love these, I too try and keep things fairly neutral and LOVE pumpkins. If you get a chance I would love for you come link up these pumpkins and any other Halloween projects you may have at my Halloween Edition Pin Party. It's open all month long.

    http://sarahdawndesigns.blogspot.com/2012/10/pintastic-monday-halloween-edition.html#.UG3XYq4-WnA

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  8. Cute! I especially like the curly stems!!

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