Decorative Pumpkins

Some of you may have seen my Facebook post:

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Ha ha ha — I’m not that extreme, but fall — even coming from Florida — is my favorite time of year. And, I do see July 5th as the starting point for holiday home crafting.

So, game on!

I’m starting small — with 8-inch pumpkins I bought at Hobby Lobby  In full disclosure, I don’t usually shop there (not that their ownership knows or cares), but don’t worry, I won’t go into my reasons.

Anyway, they’re currently the only craft store with all of their fall items on the shelves and ready for purchase. I went to AC Moore, JoAnn’s, and Michael’s, and all three of them had lots of empty shelves getting ready to stock, but empty on July 5th none-the-less.

Here’s the easy project I’ve started with this year.

Supplies:

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two plastic pumpkins (or however many you want to make), ribbon, fall silks, hot glue, wire clippers, and scissors.

If you are doing this with children, please don’t use a hot glue gun. Please use the low temp glue guns that are available (and less expensive) at all crafting outlets. The silks I used are some that I had leftover from last year. The total cost for this project was $7.99 for each pumpkin and $3.99 for the ribbon. If you need to buy silks, you can get them at Dollar Tree.

This is such a simple project, but it served the purpose for me — and that was to get me in the “fall mood” and motivated.

Here we go:

Using the hot glue gun (or the low temp glue gun), begin attaching your choice of fall silks — leaves, flowers, eucalyptus, pine cones, acorns, etc. When I had mine just as I wanted them, I glued down a bow. Keep in mind that you’ll need to hold these items in place for a few seconds while the glue sets.

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Cute and simple, right?

Be careful not to add too much to the top of your pumpkin, otherwise it will become top heavy and start to topple over.

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See the painting in the background? That was painted by an 83-year old woman who had Alzheimer’s disease. She no longer knew her family. She could no longer speak. She had never picked up a paint brush in her life.

That is what art and craft therapy can do for the soul!!  And I will cherish that painting for all of my life.

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