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Pumpkins for Fall

Thanksgiving Centerpiece:laurabraydesigns.comIn my ongoing series of all things pumpkin, I thought I would share a project I did for Plaid's blog back in 2012. This is one of my most popular pumpkin projects and is perfect for those of you who don't want to do the whole Halloween thing. These pumpkins will carry you through the entire Fall season and would make centerpieces for Thanksgiving.

Supplies:

  • Real or fake pumpkins
  • Permanent marker in brown
  • Aqua blue ribbon
  • Fall berry floral picks
  • Paint brush
  • Candles
  • FolkArt Acrylic Paint-987 Wicker White*

Instructions:

  1. Decide on a simple design to paint on your pumpkins.  I used polka dots (created by dipping a stencil pouncer into paint and pressing on pumpkins randomly) and swirls.  Be brave!  You don’t have to be an artist to splash some paint on pumpkins.  Remember nature has some imperfections, so if your designs aren’t perfect, just call tell people you were going for an “organic” look!
  2. Allow paint to dry and then outline the designs you painted with brown permanent marker.  This will give the painted design dimension.  Make sure your markers are not water-soluble as these will smear and you will make a mess on your pumpkin and cry.  I’m just sayin…
  3. Cut out the top of your two smallest pumpkins and tuck a candle in each one.  Or just slice off the top and make sure there a flat, stable place to stand a candle on the pumpkin.
  4. Slip some fall themed floral picks around the candles on the small pumpkins and on the top of the large pumpkin.
  5. Tie a ribbon around the largest pumpkin.  Add bows to the tops of all the pumpkins.  You can attach the ribbons with glue or, if you want to use the ribbons again, just fasten them onto the pumpkin with small pins.

Note: Keep safety in mind!  Faux floral picks, ribbons and fake pumpkins can be a fire hazard!  If you choose to use these items, I recommend using some battery powered candles.  There are some great ones out there and you won’t have to worry about sharing your pumpkin pie with the fire department or worry about our littlest guests getting their curious fingers burned!

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Idea:laurabraydesigns.com

*Disclaimer: I have a professional relationship with Plaid and recevied supplies and compensation for this tutorial.

 

Chinese New Year Recipes & Crafts

Chinese New Year Recipes and Crafts

Just in case you are looking for a chance to party again, or if you need to "restart" your new year's resolutions (ahem), today is the Chinese Lunar New Year. We are ushering in the Year of the Horse. The wood horse in fact so there's lot of fun crafting ideas you can do withContinue Reading

Valentine’s Day Felt Crafts

Felt Crafts for Valentine

Valentine's Day is just over a month away! (Yes, already!) I don't know about you, but every year, I promise myself that I will get ready early and, every year, I don't do it. But maybe you will! To inspire you I thought I would share some felt project posts from Valentine's Days past. Enjoy!Continue Reading

Thanksgiving Ideas

Thanksgiving Inspiration

1. Turkey Loves Pilgrim Embroidery Pattern 2. Painted Pumpkin Fall Centerpiece 3. Thanksgiving Place Cards

Dia de Los Muertos Embroidery

Dia de los Muertos Embroidery

I had every intention of releasing this Dia de los Muertos Candy Skull Embroidery design before Halloween, but October just slipped right by me!  At least I was able to stitch it up!  Maybe next year? I glued some felt flowers that I cut with Eileen Hull's flower dies and glued them around the edgeContinue Reading

Chinese New Year Crafts-Paper Lanterns

Chinese New Year Crafts-Paper Lanterns

I love Chinese New Year!  Well, actually I just love celebrating two new years because I figure if one's resolutions fall through, I get a second chance in February.  My little family always celebrates by breaking out our chopsticks and having a Chinese feast and I love to make Chinese New Year Crafts.  This year,Continue Reading

Alien Valentines

Alien Valentines www.laurabraydesigns.com

I'm old-fashioned and I insist that my daughter and I make her Valentine's for her class.  It gets harder every year as the class size grows and grows.  This year we have to make 34 Valentines!  (I could make this post a rant about the state of education in the U.S., but let's just talkContinue Reading

The Best Classic Holiday Movies

The Best Classic Holiday Movies:laurabraydesigns.com

We had a very busy weekend.  Parades were marched in and parties were attended, but somehow on Saturday afternoon I found myself (blissfully) home alone.  I brewed up a cup of tea, got out my current embroidery project (from Embroidery Companion: Classic Designs for Modern Living), and watched some of my favorite holiday movies.  IContinue Reading

Advent Activity Printables

Advent Activities Printable from www.laurabraydesigns.com

I don't know about you, but I can't believe it's time to start our Advent Activities!  I spent the morning looking for our Advent Calendar House in the garage.  I could have sworn I put it away last year with the intention of making easy to access and find.  It must grown legs and movedContinue Reading

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe-Cranberry Pastries!

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe: Cranberry Pastries:www.laurabraydesigns.com

I'm still working through my holiday leftovers!  On Monday, I dug through the fridge, packaged up some things to be frozen and put some other leftovers aside to create some meals for the week.  Of course, I made the family's favorite, Spinach Stuffed Shells and I made some butternut squash soup with turkey melts onContinue Reading