I love a quick and easy no sew project. This little pumpkin takes no time at all and you can use whatever beautiful fabric you like. I personally love all things floral so I used every floral fabric in my stash. Let’s get started!

Here is what you will need:

  • Foam pumpkin (size of your choice)
  • Fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Raffia straw
  • Jewelry, flowers, charm or any adornments you like
  • Paint and paint brush
  • X-acto knife

Now lets begin!

  1. Remove the plastic stem from your foam pumpkin. They usually just pop right out.
  2. Paint the stem whatever color you like. I chose white for a more vintage look but you may want to leave it natural or paint it another color. Set aside to dry.
  3. Measure your pumpkins width. My pumpkin was five inches.
  4. Lay your pumpkin upside down on your fabric and cut a square that is double the size of the width of pumpkin on every side. My pumpkin was five inches wide so my fabric was five inches wide more on each side. Total my square of fabric was 15 inches x 15 inches.
  5. Cut your corners diagonally about three to four inches in. This helps with folding the fabric over the pumpkin.
  6. Starting with one side use your glue gun to glue the fabric to the bottom of the pumpkin. The pull up the opposite side tight as you can and glue. You should then be left with two open sides
  7. Take the first open side and fold it like a present. Pull it up tight and glue to the bottom of the pumpkin. Repeat this step with the other side.
  8. Flip your pumpkin over. Roll the remaining fabric inward until tight and then glue.
  9. Using an X-acto knife cut a small hole in the fabric in the top of the pumpkin for the stem to go back into.
  10. Next, take the raffia grass and tie it tight around the pumpkin as many times as you like to make the sections of the pumpkin. Pull tight and knot off. Make sure the knots are at the top of the pumpkin. You can leave the grass long and flowing for a more shabby look or cut it off for a neater look.
  11. Make sure all the raffia knots are at the top and can be hidden under or close to the stem. Add hot glue to the stem and push back into your pumpkin.
  12. Embellish with whatever you like. Flowers, jewelry, charms – whatever you want. I used keys, flowers and even a few jewelry pieces. Have fun with it!

I hope you will give this a try! If you make one please send me a picture. I love seeing your creations too.

Many blessings to you!

It is just early September and the bug to decorate my house in all things fall related has already bitten me. It actually bit me in August when I walked into Hobby Lobby and the store was already completely decked out in fall colors and decor bliss. Fall is one of my favorite seasons to decorate! Something about the steamy warmth, the smells of cinnamon and pumpkin, the whipped cream…oh,  wait…that’s a pumpkin spice latte. Sorry, what I meant, to say was something about the warm hues, the smell of cinnamon and pumpkin scented everything and the nip in the air feels like the cozy secure feeling of family, home and memory making times of the year.

My husband Geoff and I have been in the slow process of renovating the entire downstairs of our home. We have transitioned some of the spaces into more neutral color schemes so our usual fall decor is a bit too bold and will look out of place. I decided to DIY a few new items to implement into our fall decorating starting with a floral pumpkin centerpiece. I had so much creative fun making it I thought I would share the step by step process with you all in hopes it will inspire you to create this season. This project is so very easy and you can personalize the florals, decor and colors to fit your home.

What you will need:

  • Foam Pumpkin
  • Box cutter
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Floral foam
  • Wire cutters
  • Florals and decor of your choice

Step 1:

Gather all of your materials together. Use the box cutter to cut a hole in the top center of the pumpkin. Make sure your opening is large enough to insert floral foam into the pumpkin while also leaving room around the edges of the foam to work. I find having a little area around the foam helps to manipulate and change the floral stem placements as I am working.

Step 2:

Hot glue the floral foam piece in the bottom of the pumpkin. You want the foam to be stable when you are adding the floral stems. Also, make sure the foam is sticking out above the cut in the top of the pumpkin too. This makes it so much easier to insert the stems and it will give a more full,  lush flower effect in the end.

Step 3:

Cut your floral stems to desired length. I always stand my stems on end beside the pumpkin to gauge the correct length. When in doubt it is best to be conservative – you can always cut more off later.

Step 4:

This is the fun part! Arrange away! Enjoy the process and arrange by what looks pleasing to your eye. I personally love a little height, with some floral stems spilling over. I also love all things blue birdie so I had to add one of those as well. But get creative! Add whatever you like and what fits in with your home’s decor.

Quick tip – as  I am arranging and I feel certain of placement I go ahead and add hot glue to the stem and then push it into the floral foam. This also adds to the stability of the arrangement.

Step 5:

Okay, so this is actually the fun part…display your creation!! And if you think about it send me pictures! I would love to see what you created.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy neutral fall floral piece. I hope you are inspired to create something you love!

Blessings to you!!

Tricia

Old Chair Gets A Quick New Look 

I have been sick and stuck in bed for a week now. So to say I am about to go bat crazy just laying in bed day after day is an understatement. But – cruising Pinterest has kept my creative ideas flowing!  I have really been itching to get back to painting, creating and repurposing. 

I finally had some energy today so I decided I wanted to use that energy to do something creative. (I could have cleaned or done some laundry but…um…I’m not THAT well yet. teehee!)  Being stuck in bed, I’ve had the opportunity to stare at this old white chair in the corner of my room for DAYS now.

I really do love how this chair has weathered and chipped perfectly over the years but I wanted to add a little color and fun to it. I didn’t want to paint it and cover up all that beautiful, white chippy goodness so I decided to decoupage it just a little bit. 


I’ve had this gorgeous, shabby chic floral scrapbook paper for a while and I thought I would add it to the chair.


I grabbed my beloved Mod Podge, the scrapbook paper, some water, paint brush, X-acto knife, and sand paper.


I decided to alternate the slats with scrapbook paper and keep some of the chippy white slats as is. I lightly sanded the slats I wanted to cover.


I lined the paper up how I wanted it. I then used a very wet paint brush to soften the paper so I could easily tear it. You are probably wondering why I didn’t use the X-acto knife or scissors. The reason is I wanted a rough torn edge. When the paper is wet it is super easy to tear and it gives me that rough uneven edge I wanted for a used look. It is also easier to control the tear when the paper is wet.



Once I had all my pieces ready I decoupaged them to the sanded slats. 

I gently smoothed each piece down with damp fingers. I had to be very careful to get all the air bubbles out before the Mod Podge dried.



Once all the pieces were on – it looked like this…After the Mod Podge completely dried I sanded all the edges off. This is the fun part! If the paper rips or tears more – that is great! It only adds to the worn, chippy, shabby chic style.


When it was all finished I added another coat of Mod Podge to seal her up! I love how she turned out. The floral pattern added a little more interest and some shabby chic style. 



Thank you for checking out my post! If you decide to do something similar – I would love to see it! Please share! 🙂

Have a beautiful day! ~Tricia