How adorable did this metal pumpkin from Dollar Tree come out?
I love FALL! It is one of my favorite seasons! Cooler temperatures, sitting by a bonfire sipping hot coffee and eating s’mores while taking in the magnificent array of colorful leaves. What better way to end the chapter of summer than to see all of God’s beauty on display.
If you are like me, the first hint of less than 80 degrees and I am ready to decorate! One of my dear friends named Sheila came to visit and of course we had to craft.
Here are the steps of how we made ours! Just as unique as the color of leaves during fall, you can make this whatever color you choose. Super fun and simple.
These metal pumpkins are so adorable from the Dollar Tree. Although super cute, right away I knew that this could be so much better. My first step was to stain the base.
My go to for staining is Waverly Wax Antique. It is so easy to use and washes off your hands with soap and water. You can apply with a baby wipe or with a brush. It gives a natural wood tone and warms up any craft.
The next step is figuring out what color you want your pumpkin. Sheila and I chose hues of blue to match our fall decor but this would also be adorable in any color for fall.
Our color choices for the one on the left is Wild Blue Berry and the one on the right is Surf both made by Martha Stewart.
One quick tip for painting metal. Take some sandpaper and lightly sand the metal so it will be roughed up a bit. This will help the paint adhere to the metal better.
Once painted and dried we chose to try a new crackle technique with Mod Podge. Apply a generous amount of Mod Podge in one direction over the entire piece. Try to not to go over any area that has already had the Mod Podge applied.
While Mod Podge is still wet apply your top color choice (ours was Folk Art Home Decor Chalk White) directly over the Mod Podge. Still maintaining long strokes and do not go over the parts that you have already done.
Take a heat gun or blow dryer and dry the pumpkin. You will see the base coat that you chose begin to crackle through the top coat. It is best to use your darker color choice on the bottom and lighter on top.
Here is how Sheila’s wild blue berry pumpkin came out. So ADORABLE!
Once the Mod Podge has dried you are ready to decorate! The Dollar Tree rope is perfect size to hot glue around the edges of the pumpkin. One rope will do the entire pumpkin with some leftovers. Once that was in place we added twine around the stem and hot glued moss at the base and stem.
Make a bow out of raffia which adds the perfect finishing touch.
How cute did these come out??
Thank you to my childhood friend Sheila Shepherd for crafting with me! Making memories is what life is all about.
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Blessings to you and yours!