Monday, September 19, 2011

Lilly-fied Pumpkins

A few simple supplies help you turn a regular pumpkin into a preppy Lilly inspired pumpkin this fall. You’ll need some decoupage glue, a pumpkin, and some paper napkins. The Martha Stewart decoupage glue has a built in brush in the lid. So convenient. I used a foam pumpkin, buy one get one free at AC Moore, but you could also use a regular pumpkin.  The benefit of the foam pumpkin is that it can be saved from year to year.  I had a few Lilly Pulitzer napkins left over from a party that were no longer a complete set, so these seemed like a perfect thing to use.  I only used about 8 napkins for both large pumpkins!

Cut your napkins in half and open the length. You should have long rectangles. Start by generously brushing an even coat of decoupage glue on the surface of your pumpkin. Then gently press the napkin on the coated surface. Follow the shape of the pumpkin.

You’ll have some wrinkles on this. Embrace them! It’s part of the process. Don’t worry about edges that are not completely attached; you can fix these in a later step.

Carefully add other napkins on the pumpkin’s surface and press into place. Add decoupage glue on top of the napkin to seal the ends of each napkin and smooth wrinkles. Brush lightly on top of the napkin to avoid tearing it.

Brush a light coat of the decoupage glue on the top of the napkins. Allow it to dry completely. I also sprayed the pumpkins with Krylon's clear finish to provide a protective coating for the pumpkins. The decorated pumpkins are now completely water resistent and can be easily wiped clean if needed.

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  1. I LOVE the pumpkins! I cannot wait to try this myself!

  2. my friend gave me a pumpkin in a yellow and black Pierre Deux fabric. I love it. My pumpkin base is plastic though, so it will last for ever. How long do these last, Bethanny?

  3. I love your pumpkins, Bethany! I'm going to Michaels today to look for a couple of pumpkins so I can try this. Thanks for the idea!

  4. so cute, I can't believe you have pumpkins already the one's at the farm next to my neighborhood are still ver tiny.

    xx Emily @

  5. Since I used a foam "Funkin" these should last for many seasons. The final coat of clear protectant spray also helped to shellac the napkins in place; creating a water resistant pumpkin.

    Thanks for your sweet comments. xoxo

  6. Those pumpkins are adorable! I need to do that!

  7. Oh my word, these are just amazing! You are awesome, so-so fun, and directions too!

    Thank you Miss MP&G!

  8. This is the most precious thing I have to try it!! How creative! :)

  9. This idea is so fun and creative, I love that you used foam pumpkins so you can keep these for years to come. I cannot wait to try this!

  10. Oh YES....this is totally my kind of Spooky Boo! Will go with my banner I just made with my cricut this weekend! *insert SqUeAl of joy here*

    Mrs. Kindergarten

  11. Such a clever and fun idea!! I love it! xoxo

  12. Oh great idea! I love how those came! xo, LP



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