Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Look For Less... Pretty Pricey Pumpkins

I don't know what my deal is, I have been possessed by Halloween decorating. Perhaps it's my inner witch trying to get out, but in my defense we have had the same decorations for YEARS, they are looking a little tired, and I think they need a little EEK factor.  There are gazillions of adorable decorations to buy... but why would you when you can make your own for so much LESS moola?  I mean really, I would prefer to save my money for something I can't make
(hello, new fall boots!)...

These are from two very popular home decor stores... 


So what's a girl who doesn't have a couple of hundred bucks to spend on pumpkins (and wouldn't even if I did)  to do?  Start with this... 

                                                            I picked up these two plastic pumpkins at Michaels for about $5 each, but they are EVERYWHERE this time of year. I already had the black tulip paint, mod podge and scrap fabric in my stash, but if you have to buy them all three could be had for under $10 total.  Now for the FUN part...



For the white pumpkin just grab your tulip paint and start dotting... I didn't use a pattern, just went to town swirling them freehand.  This entire pumpkin took all of about 5 minutes to finish.  My kind of crafting, baby! 


For the monogram I first printed a large font letter on my computer and then traced onto the fabric.  You could use scrapbook paper, but the fabric molds to the curves of the pumpkin so much easier.  If you do decide to use paper, LIGHTLY dampen the paper before applying to the pumpkin... it will smooth out nicer and help avoid bubbles.  One coat of Mod Podge to the pumpkin, place the letter and then let dry for a few minutes.  Slap another coat of Mod Podge on top and you are on your way to the store to buy those new boots...  I hit mine with a spray of clear acrylic sealer since it will be residing on my front porch.



Spidey is from the Dollar Store... I'm good, but even I don't think I could have made HIM any cheaper.

8 comments:

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

These are great! I love the white one with the Tulip paint!

Kendra + Patricia at Sweet Magnolia Way said...

Thanks for the ideas ~ love not having to carve the pumpkin to get great look (:

Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said...

Are you kidding me about the dot pumpkins being $195?! That's crazytown. Smart move to make your own! I have something similar pinned on Pinterest and I'm giving it a try this weekend. :-)

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Great ideas!

Kristen (by the book paper) said...

These came out awesome!!

Susan said...

Super duper cute, Kelly!

Heather said...

I love the monogrammed pumpkin!!! Hmmm maybe a project for this weekend!

Siddy said...

Plastic Pumpkins!! What a swell Idea!! lol, would I sound too idiotic if I said I would have never thought..
xx
Siddy
www.SiddySays.com

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