It’s the first day of September. You know what that means?
It’s pumpkin season. Heyo!
Michael’s asked me to decorate one of their foam pumpkins as part of their Michael’s Makers program and I was like, No problemo. Bring on the fall!
If you have followed the blog lately you know I got rid of a ton of scarves recently. Most of them are now at Goodwill but I snagged a few last minute thinking they would be great for this project. I have a long history of decoupaging pumpkins with paper, but fabric? That’s new. Turns out, silk scarves are ideal for this type of project. The end result is gloriously patterned and all kinds of festive. Want to make one?
Yeah. You do.
Mod Podge (I like the gloss finish variety but it’s a matter of preference)
Silk scarf (see note on various kinds of scarves below)
Old paint brush
Start by drizzling a generous amount of mod podge over the surface of the pumpkin, then brush it out. I like to let the mod lodge sit out a few minutes before adding the next layer. It seems to make things stickier. That might just be in my head, but I’m saying out loud and on the internet so it must be true.
Cut your scarf into smallish-squares. Mine here are around 4″, but you would want smaller for a smaller pumpkin, and larger for a larger pumpkin. No strict science here, just know that the more severe the curves, the narrower you will want the strips.
What kind of scarf? As thin and silk-like as possible. I started with project with three scarves but ended up only using one because the other two were too thick and did not lay flat, even when soaked with Mod Podge (that’s polyester for you). Also, natural fibers will absorb the glue much easier, so try to find that if you can. Lucky for all of us, thrift stores are usually pretty stacked with old silk scarves. Trust me.
Now brush your silk squares onto the pumpkin. cover completely, then let it dry over night.
After it dried, I decided to add a few sequins with Tacky Glue, but a more tasteful person would probably do without. The pursuit of tastefulness doesn’t really happen a lot around here though…
TaDa! That’s it. A patterned, funky, one-of-a-kind pumpkin ready to rock your socks off all the way through October!
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