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Gourd Decor

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I decided my mantle needed something new to spice it up for fall.
I decided on some new gourd decor!
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I’ve had this plastic pumkin for years. I think it was one of my mom’s decorations and she passed it on to me. I haven’t set it out in several years because I decided I didn’t like the look of the bright orange plastic.
I decided now was a great time for a makeover! Especially once I saw how well the two stacked on top of one another when you took the pumpkin apart.
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There were several iterations of what was to be the top of the pumpkin decor.
I started off with some Mod Podge and loose glitter.
Let’s just say that was an epic FAIL.
I won’t even bother you with a photo!
After washing off all of the glitter and Mod Podge, I tried my favorite glitter spray, Spray & Sparkle (remember from my glitter pumpkins?). Again, I didn’t like it. Another FAIL!
I had just bought some fun-looking brown glitter Krylon paint for plastics at Walmart, so I decided to give that a try.
I painted directly on top of the Spray & Sparkle.
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I added some ribbon along the edge of the pumpkin.
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For what was now to be the bottom of the pumpkin decor, I tore some texture paper into pieces and Mod Podged it on.
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It was a little too green so I dabbed on some brown distress ink.
Much better!
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To add some height to where my gourds were going to go, I added glass beads to the pumpkin filling it about two thirds of the way full.
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I have a variety of small gourds I purchased a year or two ago on sale. I found three that would fit in my pumpkin.
But they look kind of blah.
They definitely need some dressing up!
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I had the brilliant idea to wrap the gourds with the leftover yarn from my Pottery Barn knock-off pillow. But the first gourd I wrapped ended up looking like a pear! So that idea was no good.
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I decided to cover them in more Mod Podged scraps of textured paper.
Love them!
The gourd to the left I inked with brown distress ink after glueing all of the pieces on.
The gourd in the center I left as is after adhering all of the paper.
The gourd to the right was wrapped with white textured paper that I brushed with red glitter glue.
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And now I have some new decor!!
This projects was chock full of errors, but the end result was definitely worth all of the trouble.
AND all of the supplies I used were on hand! Nothing new!
I definitely need to do more of these types of projects in the future… We’ll see how that goes! 🙂

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Its So Very Cheri

Sunday 21st of November 2010

I love that tectured paper. Since my sister hasd her kitchen decorated in pears I would love the pear result--it would mean-a GIFT for my sister.

Thanks for linking up to the DIY Club. I hope your weekend has been full of lots of fun.cheri

Sarah @ Sugar Bananas!

Tuesday 16th of November 2010

Thanks for linking up with Sweets This Week :)



Monday 15th of November 2010

love love love these!! you are one talented lady!!!



Sunday 14th of November 2010

What a great idea!

Thanks for linking up. And don't forget to enter my along for the ride: designs giveaway!

Sarah @ Sugar Bananas!

Friday 12th of November 2010

Third time was the charm! Oh, and your gourd/pear was definitely NOT a fail. I thought it looked great. I'd love for you to link your crafty gourd project to my Sweets This Week link party.


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