Gold Sequin Covered Pumpkin with Owl

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Here’s another paper mache pumpkin I made but instead of painting it, I covered it with fabric. I chose a gold sequin fabric to match all the gold embellishments. Everything was purchased at Hobby Lobby. I did a FACEBOOK LIVE while I made this pumpkin that you can watch here: Sequin Fabric Pumpkin Video

This is another idea from my Hero/Shero, Kathy from Royale Funky Junque on Facebook. Please go follow her page. For this pumpkin, you do not paint it or anything. You do have to cut a hole in the top and remove the stem. Make it big enough where you can put the excess fabric inside. I used a yard of fabric cut in half along the folded edge from the bolt. Buy fabric everything at Hobby Lobby when they run their sales.

Pull the fabric as tight as you can and hot glue it to the pumpkin. Put all the excess fabric inside the pumpkin. Voila, you are ready to embellish. MUCH FASTER than painting.

Embellish it to your heart’s content. I chose the same ivory flowers I had been using bought in the Christmas section of Hobby Lobby. I also used all the same picks. The only difference with this pumpkin I found a sparkling owl to put on top. It is the cutest owl with the cutest eyes!

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Leopard Decoupaged Pumpkin

Do you love LEOPARD PRINT? Here is a pumpkin for you!

These were made with the paper mache pumpkins purchased at Hobby Lobby. I made two Decoupaged Leopard Print Pumpkins using tissue paper also from Hobby Lobby. One went into our booth in Crowley, La and the other one went to our shelf space in Broussard, La. I got this idea from my Hero/Shero, Kathy at Royal Funky Junque. Please go follow her Facebook, YouTube, and website for GREAT ideas!

You can watch my FACEBOOK LIVE Tutorial by clicking HERE.

Below are some pictures of the finished pumpkins and there are some pictures interspersed with the written instructions.

I tore strips of the tissue paper to be about 2 inch by 2 inch sections. I don’t like to cut the paper. I always tear for a more organic look. As you can see this print lends itself to collage very well. You cannot even really see where one paper ends and another begins. It looks very natural.

After I got the whole pumpkin covered, I sealed it with another coat of Mod Podge. Then I antique waxed it with Valspar Antiquing Wax. Just a light coat to make it look more vintage.

After it dries, then the REAL FUN begins with all the embellishments. I bought everything at Hobby Lobby in the Christmas section and it was forty percent off.

Here’s a close up of the tinsel and the gold sparkling rose.

I used gold tinsel to line all the grooves. Hot glue works the best since it is a curved surface. The tinsel really sheds so put down paper to catch all the little edges. I still had to vacuum, lol.

Here in this photo you can see how I lined up the glitter picks to be linear.
Here is a close up of the little glitter bird. They have several to choose from.

Next, I used two of the ivory flowers on each side and then one bird and one rose for the other sides. I also put two gold glitter picks coming out the sides for a linear design. You could put these all the way around if you wish for a more circular design. I hot glued all these on and it worked perfectly.

I love these ivory flowers because they match all kinds of paints and fabrics. They look both FALl AND CHRISTMAS!
Another close up of the rose.

I always like to place my pumpkins on a stand or pedestal of some kind. For the first one I made, I had a mythical creature metal stand. I painted it white, antiqued it and added antique gold RUB N BUFF on the highlights. The pumpkin fit perfectly.

This is the shorter mythical metal stand.

For the second one, I used a metal stand I purchased at Goodwill. It did not have a top or it was made for an orb of some kind. But my pumpkin did not sit and fit into it properly. So I painted a silver tray to match. I used my Hero’s paint technique of mixing regular black acrylic paint with copper metallic paint to get an oil-rubbed bronze color. Then when it dries, I add antique gold RUB N BUFF. I think this one is my favorite.

Here you can see the gold RUB N BUFF I put along the highlight edges.

The pedestals make the sets too heavy to ship. But if you did want to purchase the pumpkins they are for sale by themselves and you could go thrifting to find a pedestal to refresh. It’s fun to go on a search like that.

Thanks so much for reading my blogs about my pumpkins. I have made so many this year. They are addicting. So many paint choices to chose from. I also wrapped one with gold sequin fabric. So there are also so many fabrics to chose from.

Here is the taller metal pedestal.

If you try decoupaging a pumpkin, please leave a comment below and let me know what kind of paper and design you used. I love hearing from you!

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Three Silver Trays Make a Pumpkin

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This is my take on the three silver trays turned into a pumpkin creation. This has been done by so many crafters, I certainly cannot take credit for the idea. But I had an inspiration to do one in blue. My inspiration was a little blue pumpkin that I purchased at Hobby Lobby. I wanted a blue toile look. You will see a picture down below.

I bought my trays at a little flea market and probably paid too much. I like to keep the local markets in business. lol….But you can buy these at Dollar Tree and save money. Scroll to the bottom to see my supply list.

My blue inspiration was a little blue pumpkin bought at Hobby Lobby.

I began by decoupaging some scrapbook paper to the inside of each tray. I then glued two rows of twine all around the edges. That way any imperfections in the scrapbook paper cut is hidden. Twine matches perfectly with almost anything. But you could also use pearls or bling to line the edges. I then added a little antique gold RUB N BUFF to all the scroll edges.

I began by putting the two trays together. I overlapped them, but I suggest putting them exactly side by side. I still used a popsicle stick to secure them together.

After these are securely glued (you may want to wait before adding the third tray on top.) Hot glue alone does not adhere well to metal. It gets cold too quickly. I had to use both hot glue and E6000 glue. The E6000 takes about 24 hours to set up.

After getting all three trays put together, I began making the stem. I wrapped twine around another popsicle stick so I would have something for my TOTALLY DAZZLED pin to glue to. I chose a really big pin with a lot of swirls and large and small stones.

I wish this picture did the TOTALLY DAZZLED pin justice. It really sparkles and makes a beautiful stem!

Thank you so so much for reading my blog! Below are the supplies I used.

~~~SUPPLIES USED~~~

–3 Oval Silver Trays (you can buy at flea markets or Dollar Stores)

–Scrapbook Paper of your choice (you can also use tissue paper, rice paper or napkins)

–Mod Podge to decoupage the paper onto the tray and used as top sealer

–Twine

–Large Popsicle Sticks

–Hot Glue and E6000 Glue

–Bling or any Fancy Brooch or Pin to use as a stem decoration

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Purple Witch Leg on a 4×4

Here’s another CUTESY Halloween Decor Item. We had several 4×4’s used as pumpkins and candleholders that we repurposed into some Halloween decor. This particular one held the one leg I could find at Walmart and a witch hat pick.

I painted the 4×4 solid black and my Mom drilled some holes in the top so the leg and hat picks would fit into them. Below is a picture I took from my Facebook Live explaining what I was going to do. I love that the Dollar Tree napkins matched perfectly with the colors in the picks.

Here’s the BEFORE PICTURE.
I decoupaged the napkin on the front and back and randomly added Purple Dots.
I love the sparkly purple and black stripes and feathery trim on the witches leg.

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Pink Decor for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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My Mom and I wanted to make some crafts and home decor to help highlight the awareness of Breast Cancer Month. I also saw so much pink Christmas decor items that I fell in love and wanted to work with PINK. So here are a few projects we made to tip our hats off to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Mom and I wanted to do a little display at our flea market booth as an “ODE” to Breast Cancer Awareness. We had to have more than one item, so we made several for both spaces we have in Crowley and Broussard.

I will start with the Metallic Pink Pumpkin made from the Hobby Lobby paper mache pumpkin. This was the second one I made since I sold the first one. I used all the same techniques and paints I used for the first one. Click Here to see more on that one. I did use a bird with long tail feathers on this one and a snowflake tree topper. All bought at Hobby Lobby. See more pictures below.

Snowflake tree topper
The bird is so pretty in person. Photos do not do the sparkle justice.

Another pumpkin project I made was using a Dollar Store chip board pumpkin. I painted it all white on both sides and decoupaged a napkin on both sides. I knew I wanted this to be on an easel so that is why I did both sides. On the front side I added a stamp TOGETHER IN PINK and some coordinating paper flowers. The napkins were Paris themed bought from Amazon and the paper flowers are from the scrapbook section of Hobby Lobby.

All the next projects are Angels or Angel Wings my Mom made from different shapes of wood. Wood is her JAM.

The first one I will talk about are the Angel Wings. We made one with a round rose gold ornament and the other with a rose gold wing ornament. The rose gold wing ornament has already sold. I just added the Diamond Dust to them at the end.

The next two angels were made from Antique Wooden Spindles. We put a ribbon on one and a feather boa on the other one. Mom added wooden wings to the spindles that she had crackle painted in keeping with the antique chippy feel of the whole project.

The next two angels were painted in rose gold. They are table legs you can buy at Home Depot. She adds a round wooden ball for the angel head and then adds wings. Both of these were butterflies you can buy in the Christmas section of Hobby Lobby. One angel we added lace around her neck and the other we added a feather boa. We put gold crowns on them that I purchased from Amazon. They are napkin rings.

Mom also made a rag doll angel from a small spindle/table leg and she put wooden angel wings on it and I Diamond Dusted them. Mom put ribbon around her neck and a halo made from crystal beads. The Rag Ribbon was made from bandanas bought at Walmart. She cut it into strips with pinking shears.

I made a little sign to put out to explain what our display was all about. I Diamond Dusted it after I used scrapbook techniques to make it look shabby chic,

I hope you enjoyed reading about our acknowledgment of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Mom is a survivor of throat cancer. We do not take CANCER lightly. God Bless all the survivors and fighters!

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Count and Lady Creepy

I wanted to make some Halloween decorations but didn’t know where to start. I bought the skulls at Dollar General but they needed something to sit on. I had three 4×4’s that were painted black and white and decorated as pumpkins. They were Farmhouse Style. I decided to use those for the base of these Halloween Decorations. To Repurpose, Revamp, Refresh is my game!

I repainted all three solid black. My only regret is that I did not take a finished picture with them both before taking them to our craft space at the Market in Broussard. I guess we were in a hurry and I forgot. But I did take pictures there at the Market and screen shot some pictures while I was making them on a Facebook Live. Lady Creepy has already sold.

Here they are sitting on the floor at our space at THE MARKET AT BROUSSARD COMMONS.
Here they are on the top shelf. They didn’t show well on the top shelf, but Lady Creepy sold from here and so did the Witches Leg.

I made both of these on two different FACEBOOK LIVES. See below to click on these videos.

First Video Here: Click Here. Second Video Here: Click Here.

I bought the two skulls from Dollar General. I knew I wanted to make a gentleman; a Count Creepy with a TOP HAT. I had already made a finial with a skull on top and loved that look and wanted to recreate it using the 4×4 as a base. But how could I decorate the base? I thought a spider WEB would be pretty easy to draw and paint on. I had bought some spiders at Walmart that were the perfect size to put on skulls. So a WEB was the perfect coordinating feature.

The skull was larger than the one I had used before and yellower in color. I attached the top hat and put a red bead in one of the eye sockets. Just for fun! Then I added Diamond Dust to the whole skull. See pictures below.

The top hat is a snowman hat bought in the Christmas section of Hobby Lobby.
Adding diamond dust.

Then I added a spider to the top of the skull. One of my Facebook Friends said I should add a spider coming out of this mouth too. So I found an extra spider and did just that. I love listening to my Facebook Friends suggestions.

First spider.
Second Spider.

I painted the WEB on three sides of the 4×4 base. You can see two sides in the picture below.

The web is on three sides.

Now for LADY CREEPY. I was just going to put a hand on the top of the other 4×4. But again one of my Facebook Friends (who happens to be a friend from High School) suggested making a HIS AND HER. So that is how Lady Creepy came into being. Thanks Carlos for the suggestion!

Here I was just going to put the hand on top.

I bought the skeleton hand from Dollar General too. I also bought the bracelet and ring set from Dollar General. I wanted both characters to look like they had just come from a Halloween Costume ball all decked out in their finery. So for her I knew I wanted a red feather boa to put around her neck to match her jewelry.

She has yet to be Diamond Dusted and they don’t have their feather boas yet.

Then I didn’t know what kind of hat to put on her. But…..the CROWN was perfect. Already red to match. If I were a a better artist, I would have painted red roses on the sides of the 4×4. But red polka dots were the next best thing.

You can see Lady Creepy’s polka dots here.
All finished. Sorry I didn’t take any staging photos. Thanks for coming to visit my BLOG!

Please go watch the two Facebook videos that show more on how I did this. If you don’t decorate or celebrate Halloween, I completely understand. ——-Making creepy fun.

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Metallic Teal Pumpkin

I decided to make a pumpkin to fit into my own home decor. I bought this teal paint at the same time I bought the metallic pink paint. I knew I wanted feathers to be one of the decor features of this pumpkin so I was lucky enough to find two feathers at Hobby Lobby. Their feather section was VERY low at the time of this purchase.

What I didn’t know was what I was going to put down the grooves of the pumpkin. I really wanted a silver sparkly ribbon but I couldn’t find any at the time of purchase. So I decided to go with pearls and I REALLY LIKE it better. I also added pearl picks bought from the Christmas section at Hobby Lobby.

I used pearls from a ribbon roll. I am not sure where I purchased these from. I have small pearls too but these larger ones looked perfect.
Here is a picture without its pedestal. I think I like it better WITH.

I bought white daisies in the wedding section of Hobby Lobby and those were my accent pieces for the top. They were part of a brides bouquet and already had bling for their centers. I waited to buy it when the HIS/HER brand was 50% off. (This pumpkin didn’t come together all in one day)

I also bought one large blue hydrangea for the middle from Hobby Lobby. I couldn’t believe how it matched so perfectly with the paint…as if I painted the flower with the same paint. It was $9.99 but I bought it when florals were 50% off.

I bought the side feathers from Hobby Lobby. I went back a few weeks later and bought some feathers from Michaels. I added one of those to the top. I thought it needed height. And with the top feather it also needed the pedestal. I had taken the pedestal away so it could be seen better on my buffet. Below is a picture BEFORE the top feather so you can see the difference.

Here is a picture without its pedestal.

I made the pedestal from a Dollar General candlestick. It was black and then I painted it the same color. I then white washed it with watered down white acrylic paint. And then I antiqued it with Valspar Antiquing Wax. I did not want the pedestal to be the star of the show. I wanted it to fade into the background more and the pumpkin to stand out more.

Perfectly Grand!

I adore this pumpkin now with it’s top feather and pedestal. It will sit on my buffet until after Thanksgiving. LOVE IT!

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Glamorous Flourish Finial

You may already own something similar to this finial. It might be stored away in your attic or basement or garage. Maybe you are tired of it. It no longer matches your decor. REFRESH it. Add paint and embellishments that match your CURRENT decor or turn it into HOLIDAY DECOR.

I have redone so many of these finials that I don’t even remember what color it was to begin with. But I like the SHABBY CHIC style so I painted it white and then antiqued it with Valspar Antiquing Wax. I then added sparkling ribbon and rhinestones.

I used a pin from TOTALLY DAZZLED.

It is now even Wedding worthy. But it could have easily been painted to fit in with your Fall Decor or Christmas Decor.

Think outside the box, and redo, repurpose, refresh, rehab some of your decor. I am just here to shoot out ideas to you. Have fun! If you try something like this comment below and let me know.

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Dollar Tree Bandanas Made into Angel Rag Dolls

These little angels look so cute sitting on a shelf or mantel. You can make them in any color for any occasion. How about making some in YOUR team colors? You can buy handkerchiefs/bandanas from the Dollar Tree or almost anyplace.

Begin by choosing two different colors of bandanas. You could choose all one color if you wish or more than two. Cut or tear into about one inch strips. You can also use pinking shears to cut them if you do not want a straight edge. My Mom uses shears since she has arthritis and finds tearing them to be rougher on her hands.

Then you fold them in half and create a tassel that makes the body. You then tie the tassel portion with twine or whatever ribbon you have to match.

My Mom uses the sewn edging of the handkerchief to tie the body and make the “tassel”.

She then glues on twine for her arms and a wooden ball for her head. Sometime we stain the wood and sometimes we leave it raw. And then other times we paint it. It’s all your preference. We ended up painting this one to match her wings.

She is beginning to “come to life”.

You may add a face or hair if you wish. We sometimes use moss for the hair. We normally leave all our angels “faceless”. You can also add a halo.

The wings are a strip of ribbon or lace tied together in the middle.

The angel wings are made from lace that has been mod podged to stiffen it up. Glue them on and Voila you have an Angel. Now for the embellishments.

We chose to put a silver crown on this one. I buy these crowns off Amazon. Just search for crown cake toppers.

We also added a TOTALLY DAZZLED pin to make her look as if she is holding a flower.

These are fun to make and embellish. You can make these in so many colors and use so many different embellishments. Each one is so unique and different.

Below is one that fit in with a Patriotic Theme. She has moss for hair and is holding a star.

I love to just have them SIT on a shelf or mantel.
Just sitting around……

These are so easy to make, that I hope you give it a try. You could also just make a doll for a child to play with. Let me know in the comments if you give it a try.

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Spooky Book, Potions

I turned an old hardback book into a SPOOKY BOOK. I did not destroy the book, it can still be read. I just painted the hardback cover with an Old World Bronze color paint. I used hot glue to make the glue dots and raised up edges around the cover. I did not want anything TOO ghoulish or evil sounding so I kept it simple with LOVE POTIONS.

I bought potion labels off Etsy because I had planned to make some spooky bottles. I haven’t had time so far to make any. But those labels will be there when I need them.

I used foam letters to spell out LOVE POTIONS. I used smaller letters to spell out BEWARE on the spine. They already had sticky backs and stayed on without extra glue. For the smaller letters, I had to use super glue to keep them on because they were so narrow. Then I repainted everything with the bronze paint again.

I then used antique gold RUB N BUFF to bring out all the highlights on the raised letters and edges, etc.

I had two book ends that I thrifted so I painted them the same color to match so it would be a matched set.

I hope you liked my Spooky Book idea. I did watch Kathy at “Royale Funky Junque” on Facebook to get her step by step instructions. I did not use the tissue paper that she used. Go and watch her because she has several videos about these books.

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