I am all about pumpkins this week of Thanksgiving! The idea for this tutorial Embellish Pumpkins with Lace has been floating around in my head for at least a year now. Do you ever have projects like that? Do you collect the materials and then find the time to complete them? Well, I have a TON of half-started projects that I am going to complete this year. I am so excited to share this project today because it turned out way better than even I had imagined! A CRAFT LOVE instead of a CRAFT FAIL – don't you just love it when that happens? I definitely do!
DIY Lace Embellished Pumpkins
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Here's what you need to embellish pumpkins with a lace doily:
- Paper Mache Pumpkin
- Americana Paints from DecoArt – Spiced Pumpkin, Jack-O-Lantern Orange, Burnt Orange, Hauser Light Green, Hauser Medium Green
- DecoArt Paintbrush – Flat Wash
- Americana Decou-Page Matte Medium from DecoArt
- Lace Doily – White, Cotton, 10″
- Scissors – I love my Fiskars!
- Cardboard – scrap piece
Here's how to embellish pumpkins with decorative lace:
To begin the tutorial Embellish Pumpkins with Lace, gather all supplies. Basecoat the exterior of the paper mache pumpkin with Spiced Pumpkin acrylic paint. Let dry and then apply a second coat, if necessary. I love the one-coat coverage that American Paints by DecoArt give all of my craft projects.
Create dimension on your paper mache pumpkin with Jack-O-Lantern Orange acrylic paint for the highlights (or raised areas) and Burnt Orange acrylic paint for the low lights (or recessed areas). Blend all edges of the paint colors together so there are no sharp lines. Let dry.
Hold a scrap of cardboard under the paper mache leaves and base coat with Hauser Light Green acrylic paint. Let dry and apply a second coat if necessary. Add dimension by painting the veins in the leaves with Hauser Medium Green acrylic paint. Set aside to dry.
Cut out the very center of the cotton lace doily, about the dimension of the paper mache pumpkin stem.
Carefully roll the painted paper leaves around the stem and position the doily over the top of the pumpkin.
Lift up the doily and generously apply Decou-Page Medium over the entire surface of the pumpkin that comes in contact with the lace doily. I love that the Americana Decou-Page Medium from DecoArt is water-based with a matte finish and has no bad odor.
Use your fingers to press the lace doily into the Decou-Page Medium.
Apply a generous coat of Decou-Page Medium over the top of the lace doily. Make sure to get into all of the nooks and crannies of the lace and don't worry about the excess because it will dry clear. Once dry (probably overnight) unroll and position the leaves around the stem of the pumpkin.
Here is a detail of the final result of the Lace Covered Paper Mache Pumpkin!
Embellishing Pumpkins with Lace is Quick and Easy
I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial on lace-embellished pumpkins and you will use this project as a jumping-off point to showcase YOUR creativity today! Don't be afraid of that potential craft failure, but look forward to the craft love!
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