Thursday, October 19, 2017

DIY White Pumpkins With Curly Jute Stems

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Painted pumpkins with curly jute stems. DIY pumpkin decor. Easy Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Fall crafts

Now that Fall is in full swing, I am knee deep in pumpkins at my house. Awhile back I took my traditional Fall decor and switched it to neutral decor using lots and lots of white paint. One of my favorite pumpkins that I continue to use are my curly jute stemmed white pumpkins. They are also the most asked about decor item I have. So, I thought I would share the tutorial again with you all. They are crazy easy to make, and so much fun!

 Supplies:
Craft pumpkins
White acrylic or chalk paint
Hot glue
Jute
Fabric Stiffener
Pencil

Step 1: Find some mini pumpkins either at a craft store, dollar store, or wherever. I found this box from Walmart a few years back for a little under $5.
Painted pumpkins with curly jute stems. DIY pumpkin decor. Easy Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Fall crafts
 Step 2: Paint your pumpkins. Chalk paint works the best on these for quick, full coverage. Spray paint works the worst :) So, save yourself the sanity and skip to the acrylic or chalk paints first.
Painted pumpkins with curly jute stems. DIY pumpkin decor. Easy Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Fall crafts
 Step 3: Start at the base of each stem, dab on a small bit of glue, and place your jute on it. Continue to wrap the jute up the stem, placing small amounts of glue along the way periodically. Be careful not to burn yourself :)
Painted pumpkins with curly jute stems. DIY pumpkin decor. Easy Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Fall crafts
 Step 4: Once you are at the top of the stem, leave about an extra 8-10" of jute hanging.
Painted pumpkins with curly jute stems. DIY pumpkin decor. Easy Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Fall crafts
 Step 5: Coat the hanging jute with some fabric stiffener; then curl around a pencil or pen. Keep it on the pencil/pen until the jute is hard. Then pull out carefully. This usually takes a couple of hours or overnight to harden.
Painted pumpkins with curly jute stems. DIY pumpkin decor. Easy Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Fall crafts
 The direction you placed the the pencil, the tightness of the curl, the time you let it cured, etc will give you a different result and look of the curl. I made the tighter curls by twirling the jute around the pen and not leaving any gaps between the curls, then secured the tip with a clip.
Painted pumpkins with curly jute stems. DIY pumpkin decor. Easy Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Fall crafts
 I made these 6 years ago and they have survived beautifully :) The curl is still there on each one of them.
Painted pumpkins with curly jute stems. DIY pumpkin decor. Easy Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Fall crafts
 As I said before, they are my favorite piece of Fall decor, and a great addition to any vignette.
Painted pumpkins with curly jute stems. DIY pumpkin decor. Easy Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Fall crafts
 Every year they find themselves in different rooms of my house and used in different ways. :)
Painted pumpkins with curly jute stems. DIY pumpkin decor. Easy Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Fall crafts

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