Designer Decoupage Pumpkins

Since fall decorating is in full swing I thought I would repost my Vera Bradley Inspired Decoupage Pumpkin Project. I used Vera Bradley napkins, but any pattern napkin looks great. I especially like the leopard print from Caspari. The nice thing about these pumpkins is that they can be left out through Thanksgiving. You can find luncheon napkins at home decorating stores, and discount stores like TJ Maxx. Use the luncheon rectangle sized paper napkins (bigger and longer) as opposed to the smaller square ones. 

You will need:

Decorative Paper hand towels (I used Vera Bradley and leopard print ones)
Plastic Pumpkin
Mod Podge
Foam Brush or Paint Brush
Ribbon ands Charm (optional)
White Spray Paint (optional)
Plastic Gloves (optional)

Decide on a paper napkin design. Leopard print is very easy. The print is easily repeated. The bolder the pattern the easier to follow the repeat around the pumpkin. Tiny patterns are a little trickier, but they look very cute done patchwork style. If your paper has a lot of white on it you may want to spray paint your pumpkin white so no color bleeds through. I did not spray my pumpkins white, but I would consider it when I make them again. It would create the clearest image on the pumpkin. One of my pumpkins was already distressed white and I liked the results on that one very much.

Unfold the paper towel. You will see there is an extra white sheet behind the patterned paper. 

Unpeel the inner white sheet

Cut or tear the napkins in a few strips

Trim off any border detail on the napkin.

Apply Mod Podge with your brush to a section of the pumpkin the size of your paper 

Press your Paper down gently being careful not to tear it. Tap it gently. Using plastic gloves makes this easier.

Apply a light coat of Mod Podge over your strip.

Apply the next paper towel strip lining up the pattern as best as you can. (follow the order you tore the paper). It doesn't have to be perfect, but it looks more seamless this way.

Continue around the pumpkin. Let dry and do the bottom.

Once you are finished give your Pumpkin one or two coats overall of Mod Podge.
Once dry your pumpkin will look great! You can add embellishments like a ribbon and charm if desired. If you are like me, you will have to make a variety of sizes, and patterns, for a fabulous pumpkin display.


Stationery Web Finds

Stationery is always a fun and practical gift to make. Here are some great Stationery Web Finds.

A simple, but elegant looking dip dyed stationery.

Turn your doodles into colored notecards. How fun!

When you get the urge to embroider but don't want a big project, notecards would be the perfect sized project.

DIY envelope liners.

Simple designs look hip when using recycled papers.

Fabric notecards for the sewers with lots of scraps.

I love these simple, but striking personalized notecards. 

Easy and adorable heart notecards

Why not make a matching pen for your homemade notecard sets.


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Ed Hardy Giveaway Winner

Congrats to hbgirrl your name was drawn for the Ed Hardy giveaway. I will be emailing you for your address. Enjoy your swag!

Mason Jar Lights Web Finds

If you are a crafter you probably have a batch of mason jars awaiting new projects. I wanted to try making some hanging garden, or halloween votives out of mine. Here are some ideas I found.


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Rockin' Onesie

You only need 3 things to make this fast, and unique baby gift. A baby onesie or tshirt, a pair of tattoo sleeves, and a tattoo inspired iron on. You can find the onesie's and tattoo sleeves at the dollar store. The iron on's can be found at craft stores, as well as Walmart. I used a crystal skull and crossbones iron on, but there were many other tattoo influenced styles  including crosses, hearts, and wings. For under $5 you can rock your baby gift!

For this Project You will need:

Plain Baby Onesie or Tshirt

Tattoo Sleeves- Buy size Medium for Women as opposed to the mens size. I found mine in the Halloween section at The Dollar Tree store. If you buy the large size you will need to turn the sleeve inside out and sew inside the seam 1/2" to make them more narrow.

Tattoo inspired Iron On

Attach your Iron On following the patch directions. Try to not "over iron" the patch or they lose their stickiness.

Next trim your two tattoo sleeves. Use the following sleeve lengths for guidelines:

0-3 months = 14 or 15 cm
3-6 months = 16 or 17 cm
6-12 months = 19 or 20 cm
*Dont forget to add in the length of the short sleeve for the total length.

Add 1/2" seam allowance.

Turn the tattoo sleeve inside out and the onesie inside out.

Slide the tattoo sleeve over the short sleeve of the onesie about 1/2" and pin.

Hand or machine sew the sleeves together and turn right side out.


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Photo Web Finds

Here are some fun photo themed web finds.

Use a chalkboard to write any event you want to remember.

Attach line in between an empty frame to showcase photos or cards.

Hang up empty frames for party shots.

Examples of interesting family photo shoots.

Clip up your photos.

Nice examples of decorating with canvas prints.

Use an old shutter to clip up photos.

Great photo ideas. Make a white poster board with open message. Write what each family member is thinking about. Chalk on a wall. 
Find a bright wall for your family photo. 

A fun way to display photos from Pottery Barn.

Some more creative clip up style walls.


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