Sunday, September 18, 2011

Pumpkin Ideas

I love pumpkins in fall. They are nature's decorative ornaments.  Pumpkins are brilliantly colored, have pleasing shapes  and each has their own personality.  When my girls were young, they loved to pick out the largest pumpkins they could find for carving. As they got older, they chose ones with "character"-- a twisty stem, one that leaned to the right or one that just looked original.
As beautiful as a pumpkin is naturally, artists have come up with so many variations that only complement the natural beauty!  I love to see decorations designed after natural beauties and pumpkins are exactly that.  Here are some ideas from around the web...

Here are some rustic pumpkins that I made in 2009.  I cut up wooden boards and made rectangular shaped pumpkins.  It was kind of a play on the round versions, but I focused on their beautiful color.

Pumpkin by Creations by Kara
Here is an adorable pumpkin made out of an old unwanted book!  I love that the artist kept the round shape and highlighted it with orange ink!

A Pumpkin and a Princess
A Pumpkin and a Princess made these button pumpkins, great to hang on your wall or lean on your mantle.  A cute and fun craft that accents the beautiful jewel colors of fall.

Meadowsweet Cottage
 Meadowsweet Cottage gives a great tutorial on making velvet pumpkins.  Velvet is so elegant and bold. She makes the project look easy!
Blogging with Holly - Sunshine In My Soul
 Blogging with Holly made these soft pumpkins out of upholstery fabric echoing the rich textures of fall. I love the shapes she makes, square, rectangle, round -- all so the fabric becomes the focus!

pink suede shoe
 Pink Suede Shoe gives a beautiful tutorial for fabric pumpkins using all sorts of patterns of fabric but all with a common theme of orange colors.  These would be adorable for a tablescape, mantle or even on your bed!
Think Crafts
Think Crafts Blog turns ordinary pumpkins into exotic works of art mimicking henna artwork.  She uses puff paint on artificial pumpkins and the result is quite striking!
Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures
Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures gives a great tutorial for decoupaging artificial pumpkins.  Her pumpkins are works of art and her use of leopard print is whimsy and amusing!

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