Friday Fall Feature – Week Two
Welcome back! Second week in the Friday Fall Features – Paper and Washi Tape Pumpkins. Hopefully you found some nice spots to decorate with your painted pumpkins. This week I will be showing you three new pumpkin ideas. Two using paper and one using washi tape.If you missed last weeks tutorial you can see it here.
Lets start simple.
Washi Tape Pumpkins
- Dollar store pumpkins
- Washi tape – colour and pattern of your choosing.
- Mod Podge
- Foam brush
This one you can easily do while sitting down, binge watching a little Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Netflix.
Start by removing the stem of your pumpkin if possible.
Rip a piece of Washi Tape (from here on in known as tape) the height of your pumpkin from the tippy top to the very bottom. TIP: I find that narrower tape works best, especially for small pumpkins. Apply it, using your fingers to rub it into the dips. Rub it as smooth as you can get it but don’t worry about any small bends and overlaps. It actually just adds to the look. Continue this process all the way around the pumpkin until it is completely covered.
After you are done with the tape you will want to seal it using a coat of Mod Podge. I found that before I did this, the tape kept popping up at the ends so this step is important.
Reattach your stem. Boom! One 20 minute show and a pumpkin done. You have accomplished a lot today. Take a break, grab some chocolate and get ready for pumpkin number two.
Book Page Pumpkins
Okay so if you have checked out my last few posts here and here you may notice that I have done a few projects involving books and their pages. It seems to be another thing that I am obsessed with right now. All healthy obsessions though. Right? I’m sure come Christmas I will have some sort of book page ornament for you. Stay tuned for that!
I call this a book page pumpkin but you can use any type, colour or pattern of paper that suits your likes. Don’t be held back by the title. Expand, use your imagination and dig deep into your brain or your paper stash for your favourite paper.
- Pumpkin (seriously if you didn’t go out and buy a whole lot a pumpkins you are going to regret it by the end of these features. Seriously, take a break now… go get a bunch… I’ll wait…)
- Foam brush (always have these on hand and get them at the dollar store)
- Mod Podge
- Paper – scrapbooking, old book, wrapping paper… whatever you have on hand.
Rip paper into pieces to suit the size of your pumpkin. Don’t be ripping tiny little pieces if you have a gigantic pumpkin. You will be gluing for hours. My pumpkin was a larger size one so I ripped my paper into long strips. My picture shows small strips because I learned this lesson. Now you can learn from me.
Okay again turn on Netflix, settle in and get your glue on! Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the piece of paper and then place the paper on your pumpkin. I found that if I brushed a little Mod Podge over the strip as well once it was on the pumpkin it made it easier to work with.
Smooth the strip down with your fingers. Keep repeating this process all around your pumpkin making sure to work the paper into the grooves.
Once it is all covered add a thin coat of Mod Podge to the whole pumpkin to seal it and then reattach your stem. My pumpkin actually has a different stem than what it came with. I found a site where another blogger shows you how to make stems using twine. I think they look very realistic. If you want to attempt this check it out here.
BAM!! Two shows and two pumpkins done. What a productive night! This is definitely the way to spend a Friday night. Don’t you agree? 😛
Paper Strip Pumpkins
Okay so those last two tutorials were a warm up to this one. I’m not going to lie this is not a 20 minute pumpkin. It may take a little more time and planning. Throw on a great movie like Grease and lets get to it!
First things first. You will need to scour your house for a toilet paper roll (or paper towel roll). If your house is anything like mine, the kids are actually really good at taking the roll off the holder and replacing it with a new one… BUT those empty rolls never actually make it to the recycling bucket. I usually find them
stacked in a nice little neat pile in all over their bathroom. So I know I always can find one or ten kicking around.
- Toilet paper or paper towel roll
- Paper strips – Double sided paper works best! You will see both sides of the paper.
- Glue gun Tip: I tried using just a tape runner but it didn’t hold the paper so I resorted to the glue gun.
- Scissors and a paper trimmer
- Add-ons for the stem – Leaves, cinnamon sticks, raffia
So your paper roll height is going to determine how big your pumpkin is and the length of paper strips you are going to need will determine the width of the pumpkin. You may want to cut one first and play with it a bit until you are happy with the shape.
I cut my roll down to 2-2/1″ high and my paper strips measure 5″ and 7″ long by 3/4″ wide.
You will also need a piece of paper that is the height and width of the roll. You want to make sure to cover the roll in this paper because you will see it through the pumpkin. This is also the reason why the paper should be double sided.
First off glue the piece of paper you cut for the body onto the roll.
So I started with my longer strips and went back in afterwards and filled in with the shorter strips. I’m sure you can do it either way.
Take a strip and run a bit of glue along the top and bottom edge of the strip and attach to the paper roll. Like this.
Then place your next strip opposite that one on the roll.
I went opposite of that strip and glued on the second one. From here I just spaced them out doing about 8 long strips. After those were done I went back in and tucked the shorter ones in on the inside to fill it in a bit.
For the bottom, cut a piece of cardboard into a circle and glue to the bottom so it will stand up straight.
Finally, decorate the stem area. I used some leaves, raffia and cinnamon sticks for the center. Just arrange them as you like it and glue them in.
DONE!!! Nice job! Three new pumpkins this week to add to those pretty painted ones from last week!
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Which was your favourite pumpkin this week?
If you have stuck around to the end of this post you get a sneak peek and supply list of the pumpkins that we will be doing next week. In case you want to grab your materials ahead of time and spend another Friday night with me the list is below.
If not… fine I’ll do it alone.. it’s ok… really. I have things going on on a Friday night. Really.
Materials for next weeks pumpkins are: (BTW you won’t need any actual pumpkins for these tutorials. We will be making pumpkins from other materials.)
Approx. 20 Canning lids – just the rings. You can actually just buy lids at the grocery store.
Paint if you want to paint them
Twine or wire
Sisal Twine or stiff baker twine
Twigs from your yard