No Carve Vinyl Pumpkin

After going through the office after the hurricane, I came across a craft pumpkin I bought and forgot about (this happens way more than I’d like to admit).  I pulled it out and decided to play with the Cricut and make a no carve pumpkin to put on our front porch.

No Carve Vinyl Pumpkin

What you’ll need:

  • Craft pumpkin
  • Black vinyl
  • Cricut
  • Weeder
  • Transfer paper

First things first, create your design in Design Space.  I went with a simple “W” in Argo font and “est. 2016” below it (similar to my coasters).  Make sure to attach the 2 text files together so they’ll be in the right position when you’re ready to cut.

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Put the vinyl on your mat and cut it with the Cricut!  Watching it cut never gets old to me…

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Once it’s cut, use the weeder to weed away the excess around the design.pumpkin_vinyl-02

Next, put some transfer paper on top of the design.  Use the scraper to get any bubbles out and put the transfer paper on tightpumpkin_vinyl-03Peel away the backing (white part), making sure that the design stays on the transfer paper.  Place it where you want on the pumpkin, and run your fingers over the design to get it to adhere to the pumpkin, especially in the grooves.

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Slowly pull back the transfer paper, again making sure that the vinyl stays on the pumpkin.  You’re done – Now put it out in all it’s glory!
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I’m loving it on our front porch next to the Wilds planter that Liz & Blake gave us!  Guess I need to get a real pumpkin and carve it soon…

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Fall Craft Ideas

It’s officially fall, and the temperature is finally below 90!  To celebrate, I’m sharing some of my favorite fall crafts that I’ve made over the years.  Click the name to link to that DIY project and make your own!

Cotton Boll Wreath

This cotton boll wreath is my favorite wreath I’ve ever made.  With a total cost of less than $35, it’s no wonder why it’s my most shared DIY project on Pinterest!

DIY cotton boll wreath

Wine Cork Pumpkin

With wine corks always laying around, it’s easy to put a wine cork pumpkin together and you can paint the pumpkin whatever color you want to match your decor!  The more natural look fits right in with our home decor.

DIY wine cork pumpkin

Candy Corn Mason Jars

The candy corn mason jars were one of the first projects I blogged about, and they still come out as decor.  I still think they look cute years later and they’re great kids Halloween decor.

painted candy corn mason jars

Color Block Pumpkins

The color block pumpkins were the first time I had played with craft pumpkins before, and I was really into making non orange & brown fall decorations.  Again, you can customize these how you want to match your home & decor!

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Mummy Mason Jars

These were a quick project from last year, and one that would be great to make with kids.  They only take a few minutes to make and look adorable during the day, or lit up with a tea light at night!

DIY mummy mason jars for Halloween

Decoupaged Map Pumpkin

Last year I went through a big decoupage kick and wanted to put maps on everything.  The cutest map project was my pumpkin, that’s back out and on the mantle this year.

DIY decoupaged map pumpkin

What are your favorite crafts or decor that you’ve made for fall?

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Succulent Filled Pumpkin

I was talking to my friend Marianne about pumpkin crafts the other day, and got the idea for a project I wanted to make this year involving succulents.  Taylor put succulents & Spanish moss in a big Le Cruset pot for his Thanksgiving centerpiece last year and that inspired me to do a version with a pumpkin!

Succulent Filled Pumpkin

What you’ll need:

  • Craft pumpkin
  • Wood slice
  • 1/2″ screws (2)
  • 1″ washers (2)
  • Drill
  • Floral craft foam (depending on size of your pumpkin)
  • Fake succulents
  • Spanish moss

This is another example where I decided I wanted to make something that night, so ran to Michael’s for the craft pumpkins & foam, then Hobby Lobby for the fake succulents after work.

Do you have to use fake succulents? Nope! But I am in this rut where I keep killing any indoor plant (hence the paper philodendron), while keeping everything outside alive, so it was in my best interest to use faux plants, and these look pretty darn real!

I found my white craft pumpkins at Michael’s (yay for a sale!) and got the kind with a cut out on one side so I wouldn’t have to do that part myself.
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I wanted the succulents coming out of the top, so the opening faces up.  Learn from my mistake and realize that with the opening facing up, the pumpkin doesn’t sit flat.  First, we’ll resolve that part.

Get a wood slice (can also be found from your local craft shop) and screw the pumpkin into the slice using washers and screws.  I have to give Hunter credit on the idea to do this, and he helped me screw it in – because I think he just wanted to use the drill.

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Now that your pumpkin will sit up straight, put the floral foam inside the pumpkin.  I had 2 blocks of foam for my large pumpkin, and had to cut one block in half so it’d fit.  There are 1.5 blocks on the bottom, and the remaining half block sitting on top like so:
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Now you’re ready to add your succulents.  Put your succulents securely in the pumpkin by making sure you put the stems through the foam.  Arrange them however you like.  I think I ended up using 9 succulents in my big pumpkin.

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Next add some faux Spanish moss around the succulents to cover the foam.

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Viola – Your centerpiece is ready!  Sorry for all the finished pictures, but I was really happy with how it turned out, from every angle.

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I’m not gonna lie, this is totally my favorite pumpkin project to date – probably because I love succulents and it doesn’t scream fall with orange & brown.  It looks perfect as the centerpiece on our dining table, and will most likely stay there through Thanksgiving!  I’m debating making some smaller ones as gifts too…

After I made the pumpkin, I saw that it fits this month’s #SeptemberFauxFlorals challenge for the 12 months of DIY: Win-win.

Update: Since I had a smaller craft pumpkin and extra faux succulents I decided to make a smaller version.  This time I let the opening face outward and the pumpkin sit upright.  Because the front is a little heavier, I used an oyster shell underneath the pumpkin so it’s sit fully upright on our entry table.  Same great look, but slightly different version!

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PS – You can find all my pumpkin projects here!

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DIY Cotton Boll Wreath

It’s no surprise that I love decorating for holidays and always enjoy making a new wreath!  In the spring I was dying to make a cotton boll wreath, but alas, it’s the wrong season to find cotton bolls or anything cotton related at craft stores.  I tried looking at the local craft spots a few weeks ago, but Michael’s was already sold out, and seasonal stuff isn’t restocked.  Luckily I found a shop online with great prices, and cotton was on it’s way to me.

Cotton Boll Wreath

What you’ll need:

  • 6 Cotton boll floral sprays
  • 18″ Grape vine wreath
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters

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Since 12 cotton bolls were all attached on one floral spray, the first thing I did was cut them down into small pieces with ~2-4 bolls per piece, using my wire cutters.

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I attached the cotton pieces to the grapevine wreath using small pieces of floral wire, twisting in place where needed.  I slowly worked my way around the wreath…

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After I made it all the way around, I still had ~1.5 of the floral sprays left, so I cut those down and continued to attach the cotton pieces to the wreath where it looked like it needed more until I was out of cotton.

I wasn’t sure how much cotton I would need, and at one point thought maybe I had enough for two wreaths, but I was wrong.  If they were smaller wreaths, I bet it’d be enough, but I wanted a fuller, 18″ wreath for my front door.  Using all 6 of the floral sprays, this is what I ended up with:

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At this point, I just needed to hang it on our front door to replace the anchor door hanger for fall.  After I hung it, I decided it needed something else, and added the galvanized W Maggie gave us that I had used in my boxwood wreath.  Voila — much better!

Make your own cotton boll wreath!

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Wine Cork Pumpkin

Now that we’ve survived the 26.88″ of rain that fell over 4 days, I’m back!  Since the temperatures have cooled down some, I decided it was time to break out the fall decor.  Before the storms came, I had already gotten out some wine corks  and decided I wanted to make a pumpkin with them (similar to how to made the wine cork grape ornament).  When the power went out on Sunday night, the only thing I could think of to do without electricity was to start this project — so I did, by candlelight (hence the low light pictures).

Wine Cork Pumpkin

What you’ll need:

  • Wine corks (~20)
  • Cream paint
  • Dark brown paint
  • Paint brush
  • Hot glue
  • Raffia

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First things first, figure out how big you want your pumpkin to be and the color of paint.  I decided on a shape that included 20 corks.  Since I’m not the biggest fan of orange, I opted for more of a cream color pumpkin and found the paint in my closet.

Paint the tops of all of your corks, except for one, the color you want — in my case, I painted them cream.  The painted side is the side that will be facing out, so I painted the flat side or the cork, and not the side that the corkscrew went in since those tend to be more pulled apart.  That side will face the back and no one will see it 🙂
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After the tops are painted, paint the other cork dark brown, to be the stem of the pumpkin.  I didn’t have a dark brown, so mixed a lighter brown with a drop of black until I got a good color.  When painting the corks, it’s ok if some cork shows through — it makes it a little rustic (maybe?) and shows the cork it used to be.

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When all of the corks are dry, start to assemble the pumpkin using hot glue to attach the corks together.  I put the corks in the shape of the pumpkin so I didn’t mess it up as I glued them on.

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Slowly, but surely you’ll get the shape of a pumpkin.  Okay, here’s the key — for the top middle cork, you want to use a short one that broke off when you were uncorking, or else cut a cork in half.  Your “stem” cork will go behind it, but then you still have the pumpkin shape in front.

You can kinda tell the top middle cork is shorter in the picture below.
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After the pumpkin is together, glue the “stem” cork on the top, behind the half cork.  Finally, take a piece of raffia and tie a bow around the stem –> I think Maggie is rubbing off on me with the bow!

Your wine cork pumpkin is done!

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