Thursday, November 12, 2009

Peter Piper Practices Paper Pumpkin Painting...

Hey! Happy Thursday!!! Welcome to all of my guests from the Mosh Posh blog! Thanks for hopping over! :)

The November kit came with a fun little pumpkin shaped chipboard album by Maya Road. As soon as I saw it my mind started churning up ideas for how to use it. Make an album? Nah. Make a banner? Not this time. Attach dowels and make pumpkin decorations? Nope. Dip them in glitter and Hang them from my ears? Great idea, but nope. Smear them with icing and try to eat them? Definitely not.

What did I decide to do with them? (I know what you're probably saying: Get To The Point Already, Woman) :) Ok... I will!!! :)

Well, as a mommy who doesn't embrace dressing up in a halloween costume, I thought it would be fun to make pumpkin necklaces for the grown-ups (and kids) to wear. Something to add the festivity without the polyester witch hat or cakey face paint. Perfect!



Because painting is a hobby of mine, I pulled out my stash of paints and got to work creating folk-art style faces on each one. If painting is not your hobby, it would also work to paint the pumpkin a solid shade of orange (or use any solid or semi-solid patterned paper) and then just draw a simple jack-o-lantern face with a black felt-tip pen. If drawing is not your hobby, you can use punches to make your face. A circle cut in half for the mouth (you can even cut out notches for his teeth) and triangles for the nose and eyes.



Once I finished painting the faces on my pumpkins I traced the shape onto my Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg papers and cut them out. I covered the back of each pumpkin with a different patterned paper and cut out a stem from the brown wood-grain paper. To finish it off simply, I added a name on the back with my Basic Grey sticker alphas. Each necklace has the wearers name on the back. Then I cut some sheer ribbon and looped it through the hole in the top of the stem to make a necklace.



For children venturing out into trick-or-treating without parents or a large group, it might even be helpful to include their phone number or address just in case of an emergency. Just an idea. ;) FYI: Because the info is on the back side, it's not displayed for everyone to see.



So, now my family has matching pumpkin necklaces to wear every year!

Leave me a comment by 12 pm EST tomorrow and I'll enter you into a drawing to win one of my painted pumpkins (seen below in the nest). The back is still blank for you to decorate however you wish. :)



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28 comments:

Michelle said...

Very clever Brook!! You are very talented!! I love the faces you painted!! Love everything you made with the kit too!!!

Jenny said...

I agree with Michelle, so, so clever Brook. I like the idea for the kid's info, too.

LRW said...

Great ideas! Love your pumpkins!!

Christine H said...

Very cute. Nice work.

PamS said...

What a neat idea...I hope that I remember it for next year.

Susan said...

Love, love, love those pumpkins!!

LotsToScrap said...

Super cute pumpkins!!! You do fabulous work. I am always excited to see what you create next!

Lisa L. said...

So adorable - I love them. Lisa L.

RachelM said...

What a great idea and so cute!

Jamie Harder said...

Those pumpkins are ADORABLE!!!! Brilliant:-)

Nitasha said...

Those lil' pum'kins just make me smile...and what a great idea to put id info on the back :)

wendipooh13 said...

ohh those are soo slever and totally cute!!! how fun

Glynis said...

Very cute. Great job on the pumpkin faces.

{Sarah} said...

I saw these in the DT gallery and thought, "How 'Brook' are these?!?!" You are amazingly talented girlie!! =)

Joy-N-Jesus said...

So cute! Beautiful creations! those pumpkins are too cute!

abbie said...

So stinkin' cute Brook! You have such great ideas :)

connie said...

What a cute idea! love your pumpkin necklaces.

smahrty said...

Great idea, wish I could paint like that! thanks for sharing.

Wendy said...

Those pumpkins are delightful!

lillianchild said...

Brook, your artwork is absolutely stunning ... I in always in awe of anyone with painting/drawing talent and your pumpkin necklaces -what a GREAT idea. I'm not one to dress up on this holiday either, but always love the parties and festivities of the holiday, so this is a great idea I'm sharing with my family next year. Thanks!!

Summer Braxton said...

Oh goodness, these are super sweet.

Heather Landry said...

Just too cute! The way you labeled the back and the idea of including the child's name and number is genius! Such an innovative idea!

pollywog said...

Just wanted to tell you I visited your blog today! :)

Ngan said...

I love it! That pumpkin with the little rouge on the cheeks and nose is so cute!!!

{VICKI} said...

Love them!

Shana said...

Brook these are absolutely adorable!!! There is no way I could paint that well!!

Betty Kimmel said...

You are very talented, i love what you did with the pumpkins!...
TFS

Amanda Sevall said...

Very cute!!