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Is That A Mercury Glass Pumpkin?

Is That A Mercury Glass Pumpkin?

Nope, it’s just a painted pumpkin!  Mercury glass is everywhere you look these days and fall décor is no exception.  Pottery Barn and other home décor stores have plenty of gorgeous mercury glass pumpkins to choose from, but in Simply Tangerine spirit we had to make them ourselves and add a little twist.

As you know, Christine picked up a few pumpkins for us from CVS and we used some of the smaller ones to create faux mercury glass pumpkins.  Since we both have little ones running around and fragile items are a recipe for disaster, we chose to use real pumpkins instead of glass ones!  Broken pumpkin pieces from a real pumpkin may be messy, but it won’t be a Band-Aid moment or leave us sitting in a hospital waiting room for hours.

Get ready, this is a challenging one!

You will need:

A pumpkin(s)

Metallic champagne colored paint 

Foam paint brush

 

OK, let the fun begin!

Thoroughly wash and dry your pumpkins so the paint will adhere better.

Stick your foam brush in the paint, scrape excess paint off your brush using the side of your paint jar, and then drag it from the top of the pumpkin to the bottom.  Your goal is to apply a thin coat of paint so that some of the orange pumpkin color shows through.  Repeat these steps until your entire pumpkin is painted.  You will want to paint the stem last so that you have something to hold onto while painting the body of your pumpkin.

Let your pumpkin dry and then add any decorative touches you would like.  String a few fake leaves with burlap threads and tie them to your pumpkin.  Or steal a couple from your fall garland and hot glue them around the pumpkin’s stem. 

Now, go wipe the sweat off your brow, kick up your feet, and relax – you worked hard and deserve it!

 

 

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It’s the Great Pumpkin, Fall Decorators!

One item that screams Halloween, as well as fall, is the Great Pumpkin!  We love using pumpkins, gourds, and other winter squash as fall decor and even though the heat of summer is still with us, we couldn’t wait to start incorporating them into our homes.  Literally, before the first batch of pumpkins delivered to CVS was able to collect dust on the drug store floor, Christine snatched up a number of them for us.  While at the checkout stand, a man giggled and muttered, “I don’t even have one yet!”   

While pumpkins are certainly festive and beautiful enough on their own, in true Simply Tangerine spirit, we gave them a little twist!

Monogrammed Burlap Pumpkins

This creative idea came to Dawn at 2:30am.  Indeed extremely early, but sometimes it’s the quietest time in a house that’s filled with little ones!  

 

 

Here are the instructions for all the DIYers out there! 

(However, if crafting isn’t your thing, don’t fret, you can still enjoy a Monogrammed Pumpkin.  Please visit our shop and we will make a burlap monogram specifically for you!)

You will need:

A pumpkin(s)

Burlap

A piece of cardboard or thick paper grocery sack

A stencil – if you don’t already own a stencil, and don’t want to buy one you, can make one on yourself:

Print your letter in a font and size of your choice on cardstock. 

Place cardstock on a cutting board and use an X-ACTO Knife to cut around printed letter. 

Tape

Paint in your choice of color – we used acrylic craft paint, but really almost any paint will work

Paint brushes – one small and another medium sized

Snap or eyelet sets

Ok, let the fun begin!

Lightly tape your stencil (or your printed piece of card stock before you start cutting with your X-ACTO Knife) on your pumpkin – you want to make sure you have the right size stencil for the size and shape of your pumpkin before doing too much work.

Cut a piece of burlap 1-1 ½ inches larger than your stencil and iron out any wrinkles, if necessary.  If you are unsure how large to cut your burlap, err on the side of caution and cut it larger than you think you will need, you can always trim it later.

*A great tip for cutting burlap is to pull a piece of the burlap thread from where you want to cut- this provides a clear cutting path and helps keep your edges straight. (Thanks for the tip Joann Fabric fabric cutters!)

Tape your burlap to a piece of cardboard or thick paper grocery sack – make sure whatever surface you choose to tape your burlap to isn’t something you care about since you will get paint on it.

Remove stencil from pumpkin, center it on your burlap and tape the edges to secure – we used Scotch tape because it was handy, but masking tape probably would have been a better choice.

Using your medium tip paint brush, blot paint on exposed burlap taking care to hold down the edges of your stencil and to not to use too much paint around the edges to minimize bleeding of paint. Kids paint brushes are a great choice – they are inexpensive and have nice fat handles that help you maintain control.

Carefully lift your stencil from the burlap and touch up your monogram using your small tipped paint brush.  You will likely have some missed spots or spots where the paint bled.

Set it aside and let it dry.

Once the paint is dry, trim the edges of your burlap to fit your pumpkin and then fray to your liking by pulling the burlap threads.  Our personal preference is 3 or 4 threads, but yours may be different!

Place burlap monogram on your pumpkin and push your snaps or eyelets into the corners.

Done!  You now have a monogrammed pumpkin – enjoy!

You can use these monogrammed pumpkins on your front porch to welcome guests, as centerpieces on your Thanksgiving table, around your fireplace hearth, or really anywhere you want to add a touch of autumn. 

 

Now that our homes are decorated with touches of Fall, and our kitchens are filled with scents of Pumpkin Cupcakes, we hope that the cool autumn air will follow soon!!!

If  you would like to purchase monogrammed burlap for your pumpkins or stamped tags, please visit our shop.

 
 
 
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