Paint pumpkins for fall using large gourds. Give them an interesting crackle texture with cheap inexpensive school glue.
Who says pumpkins have to be perfectly round? Certainly not me. I seem to find a pumpkin in a variety of shapes, including shapes from the same nature family.
I had accumulated a large stash of gourds in a variety of strange shapes, so a primitive pumpkin patch was born.
This is another craft I did a a few years back, but never posted the full tutorial on Restyled Junk until now.
Things You Will Need:
Bleach and water
Brown acrylic paint
White school glue
Orange acrylic paint
Fall leaf garland
Submerge your dried gourd in a mixture of bleach and water for approximately 30 minutes. Scrub the surface using steel wool. Place the gourd on a towel in the sun to dry.
Lightly sand the surface of the gourd. This will help the paint adhere to the gourd’s surface. Wipe off the sanding dust with a dry rag.
Tie a piece of yarn around the stem for hanging while the paint dries.
Base coat the entire surface of the gourd with a coat of brown acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry. Apply additional coats until complete coverage is achieved. Do not paint the stem. Hang the gourd on a hook to dry. Money Saving Tip: I actually used latex wall paint left over from a previous project. It was chocolate brown, so the shade does not matter.
Paint a thick layer of white school glue on the bottom of the gourd. Immediately paint over the wet glue with orange acrylic paint. Use a hair dryer to dry the paint and glue, and the magic of crackling will happen before your eyes. Allow the paint and glue to dry thoroughly.
Remove the yarn from the stem and place the gourd on your work surface. Apply glue and orange paint to the rest of the gourd and dry with a hair dryer in the same way as the bottom. Note: I crackled the bottom of the gourd first. This allowed me to set the gourd on its bottom while I crackled the rest of the gourd.
Cut a 12-inch length from a fall leaf garland. Cut a small amount of craft wire using wire cutters. Wrap the garland around the gourd stem. Bring the ends of the garland together. Wrap the wire around the garland to hold it around the base of the stem. Wrap a few strands of raffia around the gourd stem and tie the ends in a knot to secure.
You could purchase a crackle medium for this project, but if you are looking to save money, white school glue does a great job for a fraction of the cost. Note: School glue crackle is not for outdoor projects that will get wet.
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