Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Home Decor Tutorial with The Kraft Journal

 Hi Everyone,

I have a little home decor tutorial for you today for The Kraft Journal using The Kraft Outlet Vintage Dictionary Pages to cover craft store pumpkins. I first saw these in a store in Williamsburg, Virginia this summer in a gift shop going for $14.00 to $25.00 depending on the size. 

You may have seen these before, but I wasn't willing to spend that much money on something I had the resources to make myself. 

First let's gather some supplies:
* Craft Store Pumpkin
* Decoupage Finish (Such as Modge Podge or Royal Coat)
* Foam or Paint Brush
* Cream or Off White Paint (Not Pictured)
* Brown Paint (Not Pictured)

First, I gave the pumpkin a coat of primer of cream paint (nothing neat) and let dry for about an hour. I did this so the orange would not show through. I also used brown paint for the stem. Personally, I didn't like the funky color that came with the pumpkin.

While the primer coat was drying, I cut various lengths of the Vintage Dictionary Pages to have ready.
I started adding the Royal Coat to the pumpkin.
I slowly started adding the Vintage Dictionary Pages to the pumpkin being sure to constantly press in and rub the pages down.  
Continue adding pages until your whole pumpkin is covered. Don't worry about the size of the pieces. This gives your pumpkin character. Just be sure you keep pressing and smoothing as you go. It will be messy, just allow yourself to be a "kid" again! :-))))

Once your pumpkin has dried you can embellish it with some leaves if you wish. I added a Memo pin at the base of the stem and I stamped Autumn in Pumpkin ink over a wheat stalk image on a grungy tag and placed it inside the Memo pin.
Here's the finished Vintage Pumpkin. Remember how, I mentioned seeing these in a gift shop? Those pumpkins had no leaves, no memory pin, no tag, no extra embellishments and they were charging a pretty penny. There are many possibilities. 
I hope you will stop by the The Kraft Outlet and pick up some Vintage Dictionary Pages and embellishments to make some fall pumpkins to decorate your home.



Mary Pat Siehl said...

oh very very cool!! I love it

sandi said...

This is very cool! Love it! TFS!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Ohhhhhhh this is AMAZING!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee it!!!!!!! Happy Halloween!!!

Maria said...

Darling altered craft pumpkin! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

Benzi said...

How cute and crafty! Wonderful tutorial.

Colleen Dietrich said...

Can I say just how good you are at tutorials, and ones that are quite interesting as well?? Way to rock this, Tammy. I love those dictionary pages, too. Gotta check 'em out! (you get a commission? ;)

Debbie said...

LOVE this, my friend! What an absolutely neat idea! I'm not 'into' orange pumpkins in my PINK house, but vintage dictionary page pumpkins in cream would be beautiful! Putting this idea on my 'to do list' for next year's fall decorating -- gonna go glam by adding silver and black!!

Lisa said...

This looks gorgeous, Tammy!! You are so creative!! I love the look!! Definitely got to try this!! Have a great day :)

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onecraftymama said...

So many possibilities for this - I love your crafty mind!!

Annette said...

SO fun and SO creative..I LOVE IT... what a great decoration for fall...

Ryann Salamon said...

This is so, so cute! Love the bookprinted pumpkin. Way cool, Tammy!!

Sherrie K. said...

What a creative how it turned out! TFS!
Sherrie K

Audrey Pettit said...

I absolutely adore text-covered fall pumpkins! I found a pair of white pumpkins at Goodwill months ago that I planned on doing this to......but alas, I never got around to it. Next year! Yours is gorgeous, Tammy! So love your leaves and memo pin sentiment!

Beth Moore said...

Perfect Fall Decor Tutorial rocked this week's Watch Us Wednesday at The Kraft Journal...wtg girl!