Farmhouse Pumpkin To The Rescue
As you may or may not know, I love to create. I easily get inspired by things I see every day all around me. More than that, I love creating unique, and beautiful decor for my home. Like most, I love Fall and all of the beautiful colors it brings with it. Like most of the planet, I also love farmhouse home decor. But even more than that…I LOVE PUMPKINS! Like most, I enjoy changing my decor with the seasons, constantly looking for new, and different ways to update my decor. The Dollar Tree offers affordable items for…yep, A DOLLAR! It’s such a great place to look for ideas. I was cruising the dollar store a few weeks ago and I noticed they had their fall decor out. As I said, I love Fall because it is such a colorful time of year. It came to me! Farmhouse Pumpkin!
- Glue Gun
- Glue Sticks
- Dollar Store pumpkin wooden cut-out
- Paper towel
- Metallics wax (color choice)
- 3-inch chip brush
- 2-inch chip brush
- Silicon molds (choice)
- 2 small artist paint brushes
- Dixie Belle Florida Orange
- Dixie Belle Fluff
- Dixie Belle Coffee Bean
- Buffalo Check 3 inch Ribbon
- Dollar Tree Pumpkin Ribbon small
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I Found My Inspiration For My Farmhouse Pumpkin
I knew I needed something that would sit on a shelf. It had to definitely have color and texture. The Dollar Tree a lot to offer, so my mind was in overdrive! So I snagged up two wooden pumpkin cutouts. I figured I could make them work for a farmhouse pumpkin. In my mind, I was already dreaming up my farmhouse pumpkin!! I absolutely wanted to add buffalo check, after all, buffalo check screams farmhouse! We had floral glue gun molds leftover from another project sitting at home, they would give me the texture I wanted. So I challenged myself to see what I could come up with next!
I had Dixie Belle Paint Company Florida Orange in my paint stock, which is the perfect color for a pumpkin. add that to the molds…why not? When I returned home, I went straight for the molds to see how many I had. I couldn’t wait to see how it turned out! I placed my molds on the pumpkin to create a design until I had the look I wanted. I heated up my glue gun. I put hot glue on the reverse side of the molds. I pressed them down firmly to make sure they were secure. After the molds were secure, I used a three-inch chip brush to paint the pumpkin orange. I decided on Florida Orange because it’s so lush, and the perfect color to create my farmhouse pumpkin. You might have to dab a bit in between because of the texture of the molds, making sure you get in between all the raised areas. Then just allow it to dry for approximately fifteen minutes.
It’s All About The Details
My farmhouse pumpkin still needed extra depth and dimension, because the molds are so detailed and pretty. Too easy…I decided to dry brush some white paint on my farmhouse pumpkin. With a two-inch chip brush, I dipped ever so slightly into my Dixie Belle Fluff, then I wiped most of the paint off with a paper towel. Using the paint left on the brush, I brushed all the raised details, barely touching the molds. You can always add more paint if you want a little more of a dramatic effect. But boy, was I surprised! It was taking shape, farmhouse and textured.
I created a leaf with a larger mold. You can cut your molds with scissors to make it fit perfectly. Then, with a small artist brush, I dipped into green paint to paint the stem area. Letting the green dry completely, I swished my brush into the water cleaning it and used a paper towel, squeezing the excess water out.
Next, using Dixie Belle Coffee Bean, I brushed the stem, then wiped it right back with a paper towel to let the wood grain show through. After all, pumpkins have a woody stem. After the stem was dry, I glued the leaf down securely, pressing down slightly to get a snug fit.
I was happy with the results so far. But, it still needed a little something extra. So I decided on a copper metallic wax to highlight the raised areas. Don’t overthink this, I just put my fingertips into the wax ever so lightly. Gently, I rubbed the metallic wax on. I applied the wax here and there until I was satisfied. Wow, was I surprised how nice this pumpkin was shaping up!
Tying My Farmhouse Pumpkin Off With A Bow
To pull that farmhouse look together, I chose a buffalo check ribbon. This would tie the look together nicely! Who doesn’t like buffalo checks, right? Definitely farmhouse! Tying a bow, I wrapped the wire around it, allowing for extra wire because I knew I needed to tie it to the stem and it’s a lot easier to secure it this way. I added a smaller bow with a pumpkin pattern, just for a little extra pop of color. I wrapped that with wire too, making sure I was allowing extra wire too. Now, I just needed to tie both ribbons together with the wire I used to make the bows. Make sure the extra wire is on the underside. the bows got fluffed out a bit to get the look I wanted. Placing the bow securely onto the stem using the wire, then I twisted it securely onto the stem. Just cut the excess off using a pair of needle-nose pliers. Then I tucked the sharp ends under, making sure that they wouldn’t show and no one would get hurt if they handled the pumpkin.
I am thrilled with the end result! I got the farmhouse pumpkin I envisioned! What do you think?
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