Fall is my favorite time of year! Who’s with me? You can’t beat the cool, crisp air, vibrant autumn leaves, corn mazes, and pumpkin spice everything that accompany these few delightful months. However, if you live in Florida, the season is not so clearly defined. For us Floridians, fall means temperatures in the 70’s and a welcome reprieve from the warm, daily thunderstorms of the summer. Real pumpkin patches and multi-hued leaves are as elusive as mountains in the Sunshine State. So what does a Floridian with fall fever do? You’ve got to bring fall to you! So set out those porcelain pumpkins, light up the Autumn Leaves candle, and if you’re up for some fun, here are a couple of DIY crafts.
STRIPED AND CHECKERED PUMPKINS
As I browsed a high-end decor store in Winter Park, I was enchanted by some Mackenzie-Childs striped and checkered pumpkins they had on display. They inspired me to emulate the look by painting these patterns on craft pumpkins. Conveniently, Michael’s had just been advertising a half-off sale on their craft pumpkins, and I thought it must be kismet! Craft pumpkins are a better option than real pumpkins if you want to be able to reuse them year after year. They also come primed for paint and are quite light.
The Mackenzie-Childs pumpkins were black-and-white, but I decided to go for a much more subtle look to tie into the colors of my apartment. I actually used the leftover Wedgewood Gray paint from when we painted the living room, so that it would match perfectly.
First, the pumpkins were whitewashed. Then I accentuated the lines with light green and tan so that those colors would softly peak out through the top coat. The blue-gray stripes and checkers were all painted in, followed by the white. Lastly, the tops were adorned with swirls made by a glitter pen. The effect on my pumpkins is quite subtle, but it would also be super cute to go bold with different color choices.
- Roll of heavy brown packing paper
- Faux leaves
- White paint
- Needle and thread
- Small detail paintbrush
The first thing I did was cut triangles out of the brown paper. They were about 4.5″ wide at the top and 5″ long on the other two sides. When I cut them I made sure to allow extra space at the top to fold over the twine.
Once they were cut, the letters were stenciled in. I tried both a large paintbrush and a sponge with the stencil, only to discover that both options looked terrible. It wasn’t until I switched to a small paintbrush and really paid attention to the details that I was finally able to achieve some semblance of a letter.
The tops of the paper triangles were folded over the twine and glued. Once dry, the faux leaves were tacked in place with a needle and thread.
I hope you’re inspired to create a fall-like ambiance in your home. I’d love to hear about any fall crafts you’ve been working on in the comment section. Happy Fall Ya’ll!