Painted Fabric Prim Pumpkins
These frugal pumpkins showed up in my projects for fall craft shows so I thought I would post about how frugal they really were to make.
I was looking for “fall-ish” type fabric to create some new pumpkins designs. Fall color or especially fabric with orange in it was my wish. Unfortunately I had nothing. I did, however, have an old fabric that had been on the shelf for quite some time. It just sat there. I was not a fan.
Light bulb moment! I decided to paint it. You will never look at ugly fabric the same way.
A few years ago I bought a gallon of flat orange paint. I use it for everything…fall-ish. It is now within an inch of the bottom, so a new can will probably need to be purchased by next year.
I placed an old recycled vinyl tablecloth (the cheap ones for holidays) on the floor for my drop cloth.
The fabric went on top of the tablecloth and I painted two coats over the surface.
Tip: If you do this, allow the paint to dry well between coats.
Once the paint was dry I was able to use the painted fabric just like regular fabric.
Check out my full tutorial on FaveCrafts.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. 😉 Casey’s latest project. Yes, I’m allowed to be a proud momma!
A friend of ours is a photographer and she’s getting ready for fall minis.
It’s A-Z Photography. Check out Alyssa’s adorable pics. She also took Colby’s senior pics and they were fantastic.
She was getting ready to advertise the new fall setting, so she needed pics. Since they set it up in the pasture I tagged along to get my own pics of the finished masterpiece.
Alyssa has three young brothers that were her models. I am not a people photographer, but I just had to get a few shots of actual people posing in the display. Boy, kids move a lot!
I love the display, but hmm…I think I was showing my age when I said it reminded me of Peanuts. I got blank stares and a “huh?”…:0…
Denim Country Pumpkins
Need another idea for those old blue jeans? Use the legs to make pumpkins.
Hand sewing (gathering) the openings closed and wrapping the spines is as close to a needle as you will get. A sewing machine is not required.
These pumpkins were made from my teenage son’s castoffs. The legs were wide, making nice plump pumpkins. The instructions can be altered to work with the jeans you have on hand.
What instructions? My tutorial for the Denim Country Pumpkins can be found on FaveCrafts.
I only made two of these, but I should have made more.
They practically “flew” out of my craft booth this past weekend.
The motivation for this project came from the desire to use these old wooden chair seats.
I gave them a coat of orange paint…and then…I just stared at them for a while…Finally inspiration hit!
I made a stencil using my Cricut, painted it on…
…and attached a small broom that I made using a stalk of bamboo and raffia.
A bit of rusty baling wire for the hanger and they were done.
Shabby Chic End Table
This end table is similar to one I did a few months ago. Made from a portion of an old vanity, this one had only one drawer.
Unlike the other one, I didn’t need to add a backing to the top edge. I did, however, need to replace the side panels. They were just too warped to save. I used the drawer bottoms from a couple of drawers I didn’t need for my dresser/bench project.
The paint used was the same as the headboard peg rack.
It also got the same shabby chic sanding technique.
There wasn’t a handle, and finding one with matching screw holes proved fruitless. I went with a larger handle that had a back plate that would cover the old screw holes.
Shabby Chic Coffee Table
The coffee table was crafted from what I believe to be an old desk. It was rather tall, so I’m not a hundred percent sure of that.
The legs were shortened and everything was tightened up.
The only thing good about the drawers was their fronts, so I removed the box part of the drawers.
The paint treatment was the same as the end table and the peg rack…
…as well as the shabby chic sanding technique.
I then permanently attached the drawers to the drawer slots.
I had each piece priced separately at last weekend’s craft show, but a customer bought all three as a set. Score!
The entire show was a complete success.