Wood Siding Pumpkin Wall Hanger-Tutorial

DSCN1657Wood Siding Pumpkin

Make a pumpkin wall hanger using old wood siding or similar scrap wood from your wood pile. My fall decor has been created from a variety of old and recycled materials. I like the fact that I am keeping something out of the landfill and giving something old a new purpose. Besides, I think natural or rustic elements pull the harvest season together. This project is pretty much a freebie. You probably have most of the materials and supplies needed, but if you do need to buy something it will most likely only cost you pennies.

Things You Will Need:

Old wood siding
Measuring tape
Jig saw or miter saw
Drill and 1/16-inch drill bit
Orange acrylic paint
Paintbrush
Green acrylic paint
Sandpaper
1 1/2-inch wooden star
Brown acrylic paint
Black acrylic paint
Paper plate
Old toothbrush
Rusty baling wire
Wire cutters
Needle nose pliers

Cut an 8-inch length from old, weathered, wood siding using a jig saw or miter saw. My siding was 5 1/4-inches wide, but siding with broken edges can also be used. If siding is not available, thin paneling or old fence boards can be substituted. This will be your pumpkin’s body. From the same type of wood or paneling, cut a 2-inch wide by 3-inch long rectangle using a jig saw. This will be your pumpkin’s stem.

Lay the pumpkin body on your work surface. Rotate the pumpkin so that the short ends are at the top and bottom. Measure down a 1/2 inch from the top edge and in from the left 1 inch. Mark this measurement with a pencil. Measure down a 1/2 inch from the top and in from the right 1 inch. Mark the measurement. Drill through the marks using a 1/16-inch drill bit.

DSCN1653Paint both sides of the pumpkin body using orange acrylic paint. I like to paint the back of items that may be hung on a fence, peg, chair or some other perch where the back may be visible. Paint both sides of the stem using green acrylic paint. Paint additional coats for complete coverage. Allow the paint to dry. Sand the pieces to distress.

Lay the stem on your work surface with the back side facing up. Rotate the stem so that the short edges are at the top and bottom. Apply craft glue to the bottom 1 1/2 inches of the stem. Center the stem at the top center of the pumpkin, overlapping the end with the glue on the pumpkin’s front. Allow the remaining portion of the stem to extend above the pumpkin.

DSCN1654Paint a 1 1/2-inch wooden star using brown acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry. Sand the star to distress. Apply craft glue to the back of the star. Place it on the front of the pumpkin, a couple inches above the bottom and off center.

Pour a small amount of black acrylic paint on a paper plate. Dip an old toothbrush in the paint. With the paint brush facing down, hold it over your pumpkin. Run your thumbnail over the bristles to splatter the paint onto the pumpkin’s surface. Repeat until the desired amount of splatter is reached. Allow the paint and glue to dry.

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Cut a 15-inch length of rusty baling wire using wire cutters. Insert the ends of the wire through the drilled holes from the front of the pumpkin to the back. Pull the ends through approximately 2 inches. Bend the wire ends up and squeeze to secure using needle nose pliers. This is your hanger.

Add fall leaves and raffia tied around the stem for embellishments.

DSCN1657Enjoy!

 

Witch Ornament Made From a Glass Christmas Ball

witch-ornamentWitch Ornament

Glass Christmas balls seem to be available at every yard sale. Since the price is right, I can’t help but buy them. With a little creativity, I discovered they could be transformed into decorations for other holidays. Restyle your ornaments into Halloween witch ornaments. Hang them from a black spray painted branch, give to teachers as gifts, or sell them at fall craft shows.

Things You Will Need:

White tissue paper
Ruler
Decoupage medium
2-inch glass Christmas ball ornament
Paintbrush
Polymer clay
Oven
Craft glue
Lime green acrylic paint
Paper plate
Compass
Scissors
Black felt
Hot glue gun
Blush and cotton swab
Black acrylic paint
White acrylic paint
Wooden skewer
Black permanent marker
Gray curly doll hair
Muslin scrap
Miniature spider
Embroidery needle and black floss

y491Tear small pieces of white tissue paper approximately 1-inch in diameter. I used old tissue paper patterns. Do not use colored paper as the dye may bleed.

Apply decoupage medium to the surface of a 2-inch glass Christmas ball ornament using a paintbrush. Place the tissue paper over the medium and press it down with the paintbrush. This will give the ball a wrinkly texture. Perfect for the face of a witch. Allow the medium to dry.

y487Roll a 1/2-inch ball of polymer clay for the witch’s nose. Form the ball into a 3/4-inch-long cone shape. Bend the point of the cone to make a crooked nose. Roll a tiny bit of clay about the size of a BB. Press the small ball onto the side of the nose. Bake the clay in the oven according to the package directions.

y489Lay the covered Christmas ball on its side, on a surface that will prevent it from rolling. I used a candle holder. The side facing up will be the front of the witch head. Apply craft glue to the center front of the ball. Place the nose on the glue with the hook of the nose positioned downward. Allow the glue to dry.

Paint the entire head and nose using lime green acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry.

Cut a paper plate into quarter pie shapes. One pie shape is the pattern for the cone of the witch’s hat. Using the pattern cut one pie shape from black felt. Using a compass, trace a 3 1/4-inch circle on card stock. Cut out the shape. This is the pattern for the hat brim. Cut one brim from black felt.

y488Cut an “X” in the center of the hat brim. Apply hot glue around the neck of the hanger on the Christmas ball. Place the hat brim over the neck. Roll the pie-shaped felt into a cone. Overlap 1 inch along the edge of the cone and hot glue to secure. Apply hot glue to the inside opening of the cone. Center the cone on top of the brim. Squish the cone down to secure. Fold the tip of the cone down to the brim. Secure with hot glue.

Apply blush to the cheeks using a cotton swab. Dip the blunt end of a skewer into black acrylic paint. Dot two eyes. Allow the paint to dry. Dip the pointed end of the skewer into white acrylic paint. Apply a dot in each eye. Using a permanent marker, draw a crooked smile.

Apply hot glue to the head, just under the brim. Tuck gray curly doll hair under the brim.

Rip a 1/2-inch-wide by 3-inch-long strip of muslin. Tie a knot in the center of the strip. Hot glue the strip to the hat. Hot glue a miniature plastic spider to the knot.

witch-ornamentUsing black embroidery floss and an embroidery needle, stitch through the top of the hat. Bring the two ends of the floss together with 4 inches of floss extending from each end. Tie the ends in a knot, 1 inch from the end.

Enjoy!

Make Your Own Craft Paint and Glue Mediums

y702As a crafter there are many supplies and products I need to achieve the desired results. Manufacturers are only too happy sell me the products I need…, but wait! These things can get quite expensive. The following recipes and/or techniques are what I have come up with for making artificial snow paint, crackle paint and decoupage glue mediums. The retail price of anyone of these products is very expensive for a very small bottle or jar. My recipes cost pennies and provide enormous savings at the cash register.

y692I used the snow paint medium for the beard and hair on my Santa Measuring Spoons.

Artificial Snow Paint Medium

Things You Will Need:

Foam ball
Serrated knife
Paper plate
White acrylic paint
Craft glue
Measuring cup
Measuring spoons
Small mixing bowl
Spoon

Step 1
Cut a foam ball in half using a serrated knife. Hold the two halves over a paper plate and rub them against each other to cause the foam to flake off. Keep rubbing until you have at least a 1/2 cup of foam flakes.

Step 2
In a small mixing bowl, measure and pour in 1/2 cup of foam flakes, 2 tablespoons white acrylic paint and 1/4 cup craft glue. With a spoon, combine the ingredients thoroughly.

That’s it! Really! Apply the snow paint in the same way as the store bought version.

Add water to thin, and more foam flakes if your want to thicken.

y705I used my crackle paint medium on a gourd to transform it into a fall pumpkin. While a round surface has its challenges, it can still be done.

Crackle Paint Medium

Things You Will Need:

Paint, two colors
Paintbrush
White school glue
Hairdryer

Step 1
Paint your project using your chosen base coat color. Allow the paint to dry. The base coat will show through the cracks of the topcoat color.

Step 2
Work on one side of your project at a time. Position this side flat and facing up. This will prevent the glue from running during application. Apply a thick layer of white school glue to this surface.

Step 3
Apply the topcoat color to the wet glue. Using a hairdryer, dry the paint and the glue. The topcoat and glue will crackle as it dries.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 until all sides of the project have been crackled.

y524I use my decoupage glue medium on a lot of projects. This is one where I decoupaged sheet music inside of an old suitcase.

Decoupage Glue Medium

Things You Will Need:

White glue
Water
Jar

This recipe is so simple, I feel guilty calling it a recipe. There isn’t even enough information to warrant actual steps. Simply mix equal amounts of white glue and water in a jar, shake to mix and start decoupaging.

Depending on the use of your finished product, it may need to be sealed. That’s okay, you had to do that with the name brand mediums too.

Tip: Stock up on white school glue during the back-to-school sales.

Enjoy!

Crochet a Pumpkin Applique-Tutorial

6-new-crochet-pumpkin-appliquePumpkin Applique

Small crochet projects are a great way to keep your hands busy while watching television or attending your child’s sporting events. Crochet pumpkin appliques to embellish a variety of craft projects. These little gourds can be attached to barrettes, magnets and pins, as well as embellishments for clothing and purses.

Abbreviations:

Ch = chain
SC = single crochet
HDC=half double crochet
DC = double crochet

Things You Will Need:

Orange and green worsted weight, 4-ply yarns
F to J hook (Experiment with what size works best for your yarn and tension.)
Scissors
Ruler

Pumpkin:

Create a Magic Ring: Using orange, worsted weight, 4-ply yarn, form the end of the yarn into a ring with the tail hanging on the left. Pinch at the top where the ring intersects. Insert the hook through the ring. Grasp the yarn hanging on the right and pull it through the ring. Make a slip stitch around both strands of the ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as first DC). Crochet 15 DC in the ring, making sure that each stitch is around both strands of the magic ring. Slip stitch to the top of the beginning ch 3 stitch. Pull the tail of the magic ring to tighten and close up the center of the ring.

Round 2: SC and HDC in the next stitch. Crochet 2 DC in each of the next five stitches. HDC and SC in the next stitch. SC in the next stitch, SC and HDC in the next stitch. Crochet 2 DC in each of the next five stitches. HDC and SC in the next stitch. Slip stitch to the beginning SC. This is the center top of the pumpkin. Fasten off and weave the end into the back of the pumpkin.

Pumpkin Stem:

Attach green, worsted weight, 4-ply yarn to the center, top of the pumpkin with a slip stitch. Leave a 3-inch tail on the back of the pumpkin.

Ch 4. SC in the second chain from the hook and in each of the remaining chains. Slip stitch to the base of the stem and fasten off leaving a 3-inch tail. Knot the tails together on the back. Weave the tails into the stitches on the back of the pumpkin.

Experiment with yarn of different fall colors.

Fill a basket to sell at local fall craft shows.

Make several to attach to a ribbon as garland, or attach loops to the tops and hang from a tree branch display at your front door.

Enjoy!

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday:

Inspiration Monday
Make It Pretty Monday
Block Party
Craftastic Monday
Monday Funday
Creative Corner Hop

Tuesday:

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
Wednesday’s Adorned From Above
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Wednesday Whatsits
Whatever Goes Wednesday
Time For A Party

Thursday:

Catch a Glimpse Thursday
The Project Stash Link Party
Under $100 Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Lovely Ladies Linky
Create It Thursday

Friday:

Feathered Nest Friday
Frugal Friday
Creativity Unleashed
Show and Tell Friday
I’m Lovin’ It
Simple and Sweet Fridays

Saturday:

Show and Tell Saturday
Get Schooled Saturday
Party Junk
Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party

Sunday:

Think Pink Sunday
Submarine Sunday
That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Sew Darn Crafty
Bouquet of Talent

 

Sew Fabric Tube Pumpkins for Fall-Tutorial

2-Fabric Tube PumpkinsAre you ready for a craft show best-seller? These pumpkins practically flew out of my last craft show booth. Even if craft shows aren’t your thing, several of these fabric tube pumpkins will add that touch of fall to your home that you have been wanting. One pumpkin is quick to make, but if you make several using an assembly line technique for the steps, you can finish them in an afternoon.

Things You Will Need:

Fabric
Measuring tape
Scissors
Straight pins
Sewing machine
Embroidery needle
Crochet thread
Stuffing
Long soft-sculpture needle
Stick
Jig saw (optional)
Silk fall leaves
Hot glue gun

Cut a 15-inch-wide by 25-inch-long rectangle from fabric of your choice. I have used fabric of any color, design, texture and weight that I thought would make a cute pumpkin.

Fold the rectangle in half with the short ends together and the right sides facing. Pin the short ends together. Sew the pinned edge using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. You now have a tube. Do not turn right side out.

y772Thread an embroidery needle with a neutral crochet thread that coordinates with the pumpkin’s fabric. Sew a running stitch around one open end of the tube, 1/2 inch from the end. Cinch the opening closed. Hold the end while wrapping the remaining thread around the gathers (1/2 inch from the end) five times. Knot the end and cut the thread. Tip: Some fabrics may have fibers with a loose or open weave. To prevent the thread of the running stitch from pulling out of the fabric when gathered, knot the thread on the needle in two strands. When you have stitched the running stitches around the opening, insert the needle between the strands, just above the knot. Cinch the fabric and continue with wrapping the thread.

y773Turn the pumpkin right side out. Fill the pumpkin with stuffing. Sew a running stitch around the opening. Cinch to gather the opening closed. Knot and cut the thread.

y774Thread 3 yards of the crochet thread on a long soft-sculpture needle. Yes, that seems like a lot, but you don’t want to stop part way through making the pumpkin spines. Knot one end of the thread.

y775Insert the needle through the center of the gathers on the bottom of the pumpkin. Don’t worry, the knot will not show when finished. Pull the needle and the length of the thread out the top of the pumpkin. Pull the thread over the side of the pumpkin and reinsert the needle through the gathers on the bottom and back out the top. Cinch to squish the pumpkin and create a spine in the side of the pumpkin. Repeat, evenly spacing six spines around the pumpkin sides. Bring the needle out the top. Knot and cut the thread.

y771Gather a stick from your yard with a diameter approximately the size of your fingers. Break the stick to a length of approximately 4 inches long, or use a jig saw to cut the stick. Apply hot glue to the center top of the pumpkin. Stand the stick in the glue and press down. Hold until the glue has cooled.

Peel four fall leaves from a silk leaf floral stem. Apply hot glue to the back of the leaves and arrange them around the stem of the pumpkin.

3-DSCN7369If desired, finish the pumpkin with a few strands of raffia tied around the stem.

DSCN2865Enjoy!

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday:

Inspiration Monday
Make It Pretty Monday
Block Party
Craftastic Monday
Monday Funday
Creative Corner Hop

Tuesday:

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
Wednesday’s Adorned From Above
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Wednesday Whatsits
Whatever Goes Wednesday
Time For A Party

Thursday:

Catch a Glimpse Thursday
The Project Stash Link Party
Under $100 Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Lovely Ladies Linky
Create It Thursday

Friday:

Feathered Nest Friday
Frugal Friday
Creativity Unleashed
Show and Tell Friday
I’m Lovin’ It
Simple and Sweet Fridays

Saturday:

Show and Tell Saturday
Get Schooled Saturday
Party Junk
Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party

Sunday:

Think Pink Sunday
Submarine Sunday
That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Sew Darn Crafty
Bouquet of Talent