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Decorating a Plastic Pumpkin

This Halloween will be the first time for Noah to go to Trick-or-Treating.  She is already practicing saying, “Trick-or-Treat and walking around the house with her pumpkin.   Or as she likes to call it her “apee” (translated alpple).  I’m not sure why she thinks they are apples but she will figure it out soon or enough.

Anyway, I am super excited about her getting dressed, going to the parades, and Trick-or-Treating door to door.  This year she is going to be a little flower and I want her pumpkin to be a fashionable accessory to her outfit.  So I decided to decorate hers to coordinate with her costume.

2013-10-10 13.25.20This project was super easy  I used things I had laying around the house so it didn’t cost me anything.

If you want to decorate a pumpkin for your little one here is what you will need.

Decorating Supplies

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  • Plastic Pumpkin (I had an extra one in the attic but I have seen them at Wal-Mart for a $1.)
  • Scrap Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Ribbon for Trim

To start with I laid the yellow piece of fabric down and traced the opening of the top of the pumpkin.  Next I came out about an inch and half from the circle and started drawing triangles.  I didn’t measure them or worry about keeping them the size.  Keep the project simple and don’t stress out about it.  In the end no one will notice if one triangle is bigger than another.

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You end up with something like this. If you don’t want triangles you could draw scallops.  That would be cute.  Next I cut out the center and then used my pinking shears for cutting out the triangles.  If you don’t have any pinking shears use your typical scissors.

2013-10-10 07.05.42Do the same thing to next piece of fabric except make your triangles smaller.  I chose to use two fabrics because I wanted layers around the rim of the pumpkin.  You can add as many as you want.

(I don’t have any pictures for the rest of the project because Noah decided to join in on the fun at this point. When you add a toddler and a hot glue gun you don’t really have time for the camera.  I’ll talk you through it though.)

Next, I added hot glue around the rim of the pumpkin and laid the bottom layer of fabric on top.  I tried to align the notches up with the handles.  If it doesn’t work out just cut the notches in a little more. After the first piece was glued down I added the second.

Then using my scrap pieces of fabric I cut 1″ strips about 6″ long from both pieces of fabric. I used these pieces to tie around the handle of the pumpkin.  I think the handle turned out to be my favorite part!

Finally, I used some ribbon I had lying around and glued it around the rim of the pumpkin to cover up the raw ends of the fabric and give it a finished look.

2013-10-10 13.25.20I did end up trimming the triangles in front of the face because our pumpkin looked like Emma, our yorkie, when she is in bad need of a haircut.
2013-10-10 13.25.35In less than 30 minutes you can have a decorated pumpkin for your little one!

What are you or your little one dressing up as this year?  Do you still like to dress up?  I do but it’s always hard to come up with something new every year.

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Fall Outdoors

The trees tree in our yard hasn’t started changing colors yet but some of our neighbor’s trees have.  I love those few weeks when the trees are filled with bold and vibrant colors.  It’s absolutely beautiful.  So while we don’t have trees showing out in all their glory I decided to let my front door and new stone patio steal the show.

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It’s nothing fancy but more like a small nod to Fall.  My monogramed “S” is on it’s third trip around the sun and looking pretty good if I do say so myself.  The bright yellow contrasts wonderfully with the black door and really draws your eye to the entrance of our house.

fall front door

Besides the monogramed “S” all I did was add a pumpkin.  I think I’ll let God handle the rest when He adds a bunch of colorful leaves to my lawn.

patio front yard

The two adult chairs are temporary.  They are currently on loan from the backyard while we wait for some adirondack chairs to be built.  We should have them by next Spring though!  With these wonderful Fall days recently we have really been enjoying our patio.  All of Michael Luke’s hard work paid off and I am so proud of him.  It’s nice to be able to sit and relax in our front yard some place other than the porch steps.  Noah also loves the two pink chairs for Esther and her.  She takes turns sitting in each one and occasionally likes to relocate them to various places in the front yard.  It keeps her occupied.

So I think if there was theme uniting all my Fall posts over the past two weeks it would be “simple”. I can’t help it… it’s just the way I roll and all I have time for really.  But honestly I like simple.  I like something that is easy to take down and easy to put up.  Something that doesn’t break the bank or take priority over other ways we could use God’s money.

What “simple” ways do you like to decorate?  Maybe it’s tying a bow on the mailbox, or a wreath on you front door?  Do you have a seasonal flag or sign?  Or do you just consider yourself an all around decorating holiday scrooge?  It’s ok if you do… just remember to enjoy the season with or without decorations.

If you missed any of my other “simple” Fall decorating posts you can find them here (Fall Mantel, Fall Craft, Fall Tablescape).

P.S. There are only two more days left in our $50 giveaway to Minted. Minted is an online photo card and invitation store and just launched their Holiday Photo Card collection.  Stop by and enter!

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Fall Mantel 2013

fall mantel 9Fall is officially here!  It’s beginning to look and feel like Fall around here.  And I don’t mean just the weather.  This past weekend I had a couple of minutes free while Michael Luke and Noah were out running errands.  So I rant to the store to grab a few pumpkins,  grabbed a few things around the house, and set to work decorating the mantel!fall mantel 10Fall is my favorite season for mantel decorating.  Maybe I have a weakness for pumpkins or maybe it’s because I haven’t done anything to the mantel all Summer long so I’m just itching to change things up.  The world may never know.  What I do know is that I’m ready to share this mantel scape with you and the resources that I used.

fall mantel 8My first rule of seasonal decorating is to try and use as much around the house as I possibly can.  You don’t have to go out and buy ten scarecrows, a skeleton, or a faux feathered turkey to let people know you decorated for Fall.  Instead look around your house for seasonal colors or color groupings that you want to use.  Create Unity.fall mantel 4I shared a few weeks ago some of the Pinterest pins I was pulling inspiration from.   Milk glass is used a lot in decorating on Pinterest.  I don’t have any, but I do have my Casafina Vintage Port cream stoneware.  So I grabbed a few pieces as well as the “I am a Child of God” wall hanger.  Using these creme colors keeps the mantel from looking too dark and allows the pumpkins to stand out… it is their of year to shine you know.
fall mantel 7Some people are all about white pumpkins, extensively decorated pumpkins, or handmade faux pumpkins.  That’s fine.  Whatever works for you is great!  In my case I wanted a lit bit of color (orange) and definitely don’t have the free time to spend fifty hours customizing a pumpkin.  So I chose a few simple orange pumpkins and a few white pumpkins with orange highlights.  They make me happy! I grabbed all the pumpkins at Publix for around $20.  I splurged and spent an extra dollar on a bundle of wheat.  Big spender, right?

fall mantel 2fall mantel 5If you followed my blog in years past (Fall 2011, 2012) then you probably remember the “S” monogramed picture.  I use it almost every season.  My sister made it for us as a house warming gift, and I love how versatile it is!  So don’t be surprised if you see it on my Christmas and Easter mantels.

fall mantel 3Finally, I got a little brave and decided to use a dry erase marker to write on my Casafina stoneware serving tray.
fall mantel 1It was a simple and free way to create a sign for the mantel.  I think it’s a nice touch.  What about you?

fall mantel 10I also chose to place a pumpkin down low for Noah.  I wanted her to be able to see and feel one so she can really learn what a pumpkin is.  Her little kitten art project doesn’t look bad there either!
pumkin with cat copyNow it really feels like Fall at our house.  Bring on the football, soups, and sweaters.  I’m ready.  Have you done any Fall decorating yet?  Do you have a special place in your house that you love to decorate?  What type of pumpkins do you like to buy?  The biggest you can find?  Orange?  White?  Mixed?  Fake?

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