Decorative Pumpkins That Imitate Decor
I thought that with one of the last warm weekends approaching, it might be a great time to begin creative brain storming for Halloween – and I found the most fabulous decor-centric decorated pumpkins on Country Living Magazine’s website – I thought it might be fun to match these pumkins up with their Cinderella muses and get in the mood for som creating pumpkin decoration that actually coordinates with rooms in your decor!
Country Living shares: “The secret to these moth-adorned marvels? Weather-resistant vinyl decals ($1.50 for a three-inch moth, $3 for a six-inch moth; wgwalldecals.com). Show them to their best advantage against white pumpkins: Use a foam brush to cover each pumpkin with two coats of acrylic paint, allowing 30 minutes of drying time per coat, before applying decals.”
Green toile, country quilted, and calico patterned pumpkins?! They had me at “Hello”
Country Living States: (top left): “We produced this pastoral idyll by photocopying toile fabric (Waverly’s Rustic Life in sage, $39.99 per yard; joann.com). To re-create the effect, begin by painting a faux pumpkin (Funkins, from $19.99; pumpkinzone.com) with two coats of flat acrylic paint, in a shade that matches the background of your fabric; let dry. Meanwhile, photocopy the fabric in color, making enough copies to completely cover your Funkin and resizing the pattern if desired (we shrunk this one by 25 percent). Cut out individual scenes from the toile, leaving about a quarter inch of white space around each. Using our easy découpage technique, cover the entire Funkin.
STAR POWER (right): For this modern take on a classic quilt pattern, download our motif and print out in color. Determine how many stars you’ll need to span the circumference of your Funkin and make color copies of the motif, resizing if necessary. Cut out and set aside. Paint the Funkin with two coats of flat white acrylic paint; let dry. Using our découpage technique, apply the stars in a band around the Funkin.
BABY BLOOMER (bottom center): Give even the smallest gourds a cultivated air by selecting a floral fabric with a petite pattern, which will disguise overlapping seams. Our pick: a Liberty of London cotton calico ($36.95 per yard; bandjfabrics.com). Photocopy the fabric in color, making enough copies to cover your Funkin. Measure the distance from the bottom center of the Funkin to the base of its stem. Cut the photocopies into strips of this length, each about one inch wide. Using our découpage technique, cover the entire Funkin with the strips, working from the base of the stem down and overlapping the paper slightly as you work.”
This green toil roomlooks like the fairy God Mother just waived her wand over the Green Toile pumpkin – its a dead-ringer; no Halloween puns intended!
Bring a little Fall French into your French Country abode! Click here to see the settee and One Kins Lane:
Country Living has taken a thorny dilema and made it into a work of art –
“For added elegance, pick your pumpkin’s theme from a china pattern. The thorny vines on this antique transferware platter suggested the delicate design on this ‘Blue Hubbard’ pumpkin.”
The branches on the pumpkin and the plate are gorgeous – the plate reminds me of Caskata….
and this amazing metal branch pendant from ZincDoor.com:
Love that World View Rug as well….
Black and white adds a classy and versatile touch to any room for all occasions. Country Living adds – “Savannah stylist Liz Demos skipped the carving knife and went straight for a paintbrush to fashion these graphic pumpkins. “With a stark black-and-white palette,” Demos said of her trio of bold designs, “you can make any pattern, even creepy insects, look downright chic.”
…and so does this funky black and white ottoman (less the bugs!)
I love anything that’s chevron patterned or dipped, pumpkins being no exception.
Country Living says:
“You can create all of these nifty designs using acrylic paint and painter’s tape. For a two-tone, dipped look, bisect a pumpkin with a strip of tape (angle the tape for a diagonal effect). Use a foam brush to cover one section of your pumpkin with two coats of acrylic paint, allowing 30 minutes of drying time per coat. Remove the tape and discard. Stop there, or repeat the steps to add another color to your pumpkin. To form chevron stripes—whether two or tons—link short strips of tape to make the zigzag patterns, using our photo as a guide. Use a foam brush to cover your pumpkin with two coats of acrylic paint, allowing 30 minutes of drying time per coat. Remove the tape and discard. Clean up the edges with a cotton swab if necessary. If you’d like the second color to be different than natural pumpkin orange, fill in using a small paintbrush and contrasting acrylic paint, as we did for the black-and-white pumpkin.”
This chevron area rug would look fabulous piled with patterned pumpkins:
and this Jonathan Adler lamp adds some metallic gold that brings the yellow and gray to new style heights:
These two images are synonyms in color! Contry Living adds:
Get the best pumpkin for your pattern: This Cinderella pumpkin has deep reddish-orange skin and a bright orange flesh, dramatically evoking the fabric beneath it. Here, the textile’s design was simplified with a stylized flower around the pumpkin stem and a scroll border.
TIP: To keep the exposed flesh fresh-looking before a party, rub a coating of Vaseline over it, then wipe it off before the event.
This rug is not for the color fiant of heart:
From Country Living: Part cobweb, part creeping vine, the effect of black lace on painted pumpkins is thoroughly macabre. Begin by painting pumpkins (or faux Funkins, from $18; funkins.com); we opted for Farrow & Ball’s Green Blue. Once they’re dry, use our photo (left) as a guide to cut out pieces of lace; brush matte Mod Podge onto the back sides, and adhere to your pumpkins. Finish by sealing each with a topcoat of Mod Podge.
This bedroom pantomimes the palette and boudoir allure of these unexpected pumpkins decked out in black lace…
“Part cobweb, part creeping vine, the effect of black lace on painted pumpkins is thoroughly macabre. Begin by painting pumpkins (or faux Funkins, from $18; funkins.com); we opted for Farrow & Ball’s Green Blue. Once they’re dry, use our photo (left) as a guide to cut out pieces of lace; brush matte Mod Podge onto the back sides, and adhere to your pumpkins. Finish by sealing each with a topcoat of Mod Podge.”
Anything with a well done decoupage never fails to turn my head; Country Living tends to agree:
“This gourd gets its graphic appeal from Pictorial Webster’s ($35; Chronicle)—a volume filled with cool black-and-white illustrations. Choose your favorite drawings from the book (we used approximately 120 for a medium-size Funkin, or faux pumpkin), then photocopy them onto off-white cover stock paper. Next, carefully tear out each photo-copied image, leaving about half an inch of white space around it. (The rough edges will give your finished product added interest.) Using our découpage technique, cover an entire Funkin with the images, overlapping their edges as you work.”
Printed stone coasters get the look and fill the bill adding both decoration and utility.
More spooky, swanky Halloween tricks or treats to come…..