A few weeks ago, we visited a local farm stand and picked up some pumpkins. And, as usual, we waited until just a couple of days before Halloween to carve them. The kiddos (including my big kiddo) had so much fun carving them (actually, Mac just toddled around and tried to put the pumpkin seeds back in the pumpkins) while I took a few pumpkin decorating ideas that I had mentally stored away and ran with them. After completion, I felt the inspiration that I had mentioned was lacking. Or perhaps it was the incessant snowfall today, because suddenly I also felt the urge to decorate for Christmas.
I'm loving all the new ideas people are coming up with to decorate pumpkins, especially the ones that involve fabric and spray paint. Inspired by Emily's pumpkins, the pumpkins I saw on the cover of October's Country Living, and the ones over at Tatertots and Jello, I was ready to roll.
The great thing about this project is that it was pretty much free, other than the cost of the pumpkins. Yes!
For the pushpin "K" pumpkin, I had wanted to use flat thumbtacks, but alas I had too few in my stash to complete the "K". Instead, I used the more obvious "that's a pushpin" pushpins, since I had like 100 of them. Oh well.
I lousily sketched a "K" and pushed those bad boys into the pumpkin.
Then I spilled ALL of the pushpins on the floor.
It took everything in me to not yell out in frustration (and fear since Mac was roaming about) but since the kids were right there and I didn't want to freak them out, I took a few super deep breaths and cleaned the tacks up. Phew. At least I got my tetanus shot not too long ago.
Then I took the pumpkin outside to get my spray paint on.
For the fabric decoupaged pumpkin, I used some of the yellow and grey fabric I have
I watered down some Mod Podge and slapped it over the fabric.
I let it dry... and fell in love. With a pumpkin. Romantic. Ryan was jealous. At least, he would have been, if he wasn't so focused on carving
Best daddy ever. The following pictures are further proof.
Ryan even drew a little pattern that matched one of the big pumpkin carvings that he and Brynlee did, so B could "carve" her own little baby pumpkin herself. It was the most adorable thing.
Our little front porch pumpkin project collection! Please take note of the snow. We got inches of this wet, heavy stuff today. Blaah.
We all had such a blast with our pumpkin projects. More so, we just had a great, quality time filled family day. We went out to dinner tonight and beforehand Ryan snapped these pictures of the kids and me. Most of the pictures looked more like the one on the left, but I love them anyway. How I adore my precious little family.