Decorative (Funkins) Pumpkins
As much as I am going to really miss summer…I do enjoy decorating for fall. I love the bright colors, cinnamon candles, cool afternoons and pumpkins. Lots and lots of pumpkins. I was shopping at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store recently and found these “Funkins.” They are carvable faux pumpkins. http://www.joann.com/10-funkin-orange-artificial-carvable-pumpkin/13354964.html
I was sharing pumpkins on the show and thought these would be ideal. They are lightweight and the perfect shape and size. I thought they would be great to decorate and preserve.
Here are a few ideas.
White and Gold Pumpkins
1-White Spray Paint
Gold Glittered Pumpkin
1-Spray paint the pumpkins white
2-Use a craft sponge and top the pumpkin with Mod Podge.
3-Heavily shake gold glitter over the sticky Mod Podge and let it dry.
Gold Dotted Pumpkin
1-Spray paint pumpkins white
2-Use craft spongit and metallic gold paint to “dot” the pumpkin. (Dot lightly! Some of mine were heavy and started to drip-hence why I added the stripes.)
3-Use gold ribbons to create bow topper
1-Spray Paint (I chose turquoise)
1-Spray paint the pumpkin
2-Wrap the pumpkin in lace. I used wide lace from a spool.
3-Tie the lace at the top with a ribbon.
1-Folk Art Chalk Paint
2-Paint brush or craft sponge
3-Rhinestone letter (sticky back)
4-Burlap ribbon and other glittery decor form floral department
5-Hot glue gun
1-Paint the pumpkin. (This paint took a little longer to dry.)
2-Stick the letter on.
3-Add ribbon and glittery decor to top with your hot glue gun.
This one was not a “Funkin.” I used a Papier-mâché type pumpkin. I spray painted it gold before I took a picture (sorry!).
2-Paper covered craft wire
3-Craft Peacock feathers
1-Spray paint pumpkin
2-Cover top with Mod Podge
3-Heavily coat with glitter
4-Push craft wire through the top and curl with your finger
5-String the feathers on the wire
“Shaky Bones” Pumpkin
This one is my favorite! My friend, Emily Tucker, made a traditional, Autumn wreath and then added a little skeleton and some feathers. It was so cool and creative. I used her wreath as the inspiration for this pumpkin.
1-Folk Art Chalk Paint
2-Paintbrush or craft sponge
1-Paint the pumpkin
2-Drill holes to push fall flowers through
3-Wrap flowers with ribbon
4-Use twin to tie the feathers and skeleton on.
I purchased all of my supplies from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.
I also shared this on NBC, WSLS 10, Daytime Blue Ridge’s “Living with Lindee.” Here is the clip.