Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A Delightful Decoupage Pumpkin Project!

I love my latest project and thought I would share it with you!  This is such an easy project and may bring back memories from childhood.  Do you remember decoupaging?  I did a few class projects involving "gluing" strips of torn paper onto objects.  It was always messy, but fun.

How about a little decoupage history?  I didn't know this, but there is documentation of the decoupage technique prior to the 12th century. Artisans were known to apply up to 40 layers of varnish creating a smooth, inlayed look.  Even though this technique has been around for ages, my inspiration for this project came from the October 2011 issue of Country Living...and didn't take 40 layers of varnish!
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Items needed for this project include:
1- Craft store pumpkin, medium size
1- Bottle of  Mod Podge ( aka modern day decoupage in a jar)
1- sponge brush
3- sheets of scrapbook paper
1- Pair of disposable gloves (optional)
For my first pumpkin, I selected an orange patterned scrapbook paper that was more expensive than some of the others, so it was fairly thick.  I began cutting wavy strips between 1 inch to 2 inches in width.  After laying everything out, I applied Mod Podge with a foam brush to the back of a paper strip as well as on  the pumpkin. 
Next, position the paper strip and then repeat the steps until the entire pumpkin is covered.   Use your fingers to press the paper onto the pumpkin, sealing edges with the pressure of your fingertips.
Lastly, I applied a couple of layers of Mod Podge to the entire pumpkin and let it dry overnight.  After topping it with a raffia bow, it is ready to add a cheerful bit of color to our home.
I also used a smaller pumpkin and made this black and white beauty.  The scrapbook paper used for this project was thinner and I found that it was much easier to apply to the pumpkin.
TIP:  I didn't use gloves and found that Mod Podge, even after repeated hand washing tended to stick to my nails.  However, I always look on the bright side and believe I have invented the "Mod Podge Manicure", sure to be a hit at your local nail salon!  In other words, you may want to use gloves!

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25 comments:

  1. Sorry, but I believe I invented the Modpodge manicure. It goes well with my craft paint arm tattoos. Love your pumpkins! ~ Maureen

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  2. Hi Maureen, Love the craft paint tattoos! Glad you stopped by to see my pumpkins. Thanks for leaving a comment!

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    1. Thanks Debbie! I might have to break out the supplies and make a couple more! I appreciate the opportunity you give to newbie bloggers to post their projects on your blog. I am still trying to get the hang of this blogging adventure! Thank you!!!

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  4. This is so pretty! I love those pumpkins! Decoupage....just my kind of project! What a fun way to decorate for fall!

    Thank you so much for inspiring me today!

    blessings,
    karianne

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    1. I have been wanting to do this project since I saw the cover of Country Living in 2011. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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  5. Adorable! Would love to have one. They make great decorations.

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    1. I am sure that one will be coming your way!

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  6. Fantastic, great job!
    Nancy
    http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Nancy! Can't wait to visit Wild Oak Designs!

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  7. This is such a sweet idea, and looks pretty simple maybe even I try my hand at a pumpkin :-) Visiting from Cozy Little House's Welcome Wagon Friday, and loving what I see.

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  8. Hi Sue,
    I am so glad that you visited from Cozy Little House's Welcome Wagon! It truly is a simple and fun project. Thanks for visiting!
    Lynda

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  9. Newest Follower. Found you on Life on Lakeshore Drive. Linked up your pumpkins on my site today. Stop by some time. http://mimismealsanddeals.blogspot.com/

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    1. Glad you found me on Lakeshore Drive. So glad you like the pumpkins. Thanks for stopping by and following. I will be doing the same at your site!

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  10. I'll have to try this -- can you believe I've never used Mod Podge?!! I decoupaged back in the 60s but that was with the varnish -- yuck! Your pumpkins came out great!

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    1. Wasn't varnish a pain! I look at all the decoupaged purses at the antique stores and think how easy if only Mod Podge had been around then! Thank you for stopping by Still Woods for a visit and your sweet comments!

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  11. I love this project and pinned it! I am your newest follower. Thanks for visiting me!

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    1. Hi Patty! I am new to blogging and have not gotten into pinning....I know, I am behind the times! I will have to check out your pin of the project. Glad you stopped by and thank you for following!

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  12. Love your pumpkins! Looks like lots of fun making them. Thanks for the nice comments on my blog, too.

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    1. They were fun and easy! Thank you for stopping by Still Woods. Come back soon!

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  13. I have to admit I really love this technique. I haven't tried it yet but I sure do have it in the back of my mind. I'm pinning this also for next year if I don't get to it this year. I'd love to have you link up to my PUMPKIN PARTY. Best wishes, Linda

    http://twosucculentsisters.blogspot.com/2012/09/thirty-days-of-pumpkins.html

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    1. Hi Linda,
      I would love to link up to your PUMPKIN PARTY! Sounds like fun. Thank you for stopping by and following!
      Blessings, Still Woods

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  14. Hi,
    Visiting from Sweet Yarns... Love your decoupage pumpkins. I am your newest follower. Thanks for sharing. Lovely. The cars are so cool.

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