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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Pumpkins Galore

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Oct 7, 2015 3:39:37 PM
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I hear from lots of people who consider themselves craftily challenged (is that a word?); people who like easy DIY Halloween projects. So I’ve come up with two new ways to decorate your pumpkins. No sewing or hot glue required!

For this trio you need fake pumpkins in various sizes. You can certainly use real ones if you prefer. But fake ones can be saved and re-used next year.

You will also need:

  • A cotton print shirt and party dress
  • Mod Podge and a sponge paint brush
  • Ribbon
  • Sharp scissors
  • Stick pins
  • Glitter

For the bigger purple one, cut a circle from the dress, a little bit bigger than the pumpkin when gathered at the top. Gently gather the fabric and hold it in place with pins at the stem. Finish it off with a ribbon bow.

The little pumpkin requires a bigger circle of fabric so the gathers at the top become a pouf. Tie it together with ribbon or colorful threads.

The decoupage pumpkin takes a little more time, but anyone can do it.

Cut out parts of the design from the shirt. I choose a purple-and-green paisley print. It’s easier to cut if the shirt is a cotton blend.

Spread a coat of Mod Podge on a small section of the pumpkin and arrange the cut-outs.

Add as many as you like. I wanted to make sure some of the original orange color was visible.

After the Mod Podge dries, paint on another coat and sprinkle with glitter. A little sparkle is always called for!

Choose any color you like. Traditional black-and-orange are just fine, but I decided to step out of the box and use purple for an up-scale grouping this year.

Send me photos of your pumpkins!

Topics: Halloween decorating, Halloween decor, Merri Cvetan, Halloween, home decor expert Merri Cvetan

  • Pumpkins galore
    I’ve come up with two new ways to decorate your pumpkins. No sewing or hot glue required!
  • pumpkins galore
    For this trio you need fake pumpkins in various sizes. You can certainly use real ones if you prefer.
  • pumpkins galore
    For this project you'll need a cotton print shirt and party dress.
  • pumpkins galore
    For the bigger purple pumpkin, cut a circle from the dress, a little bit bigger than the pumpkin when gathered at the top.
  • pumpkins galore
    Gently gather the fabric and hold it in place with pins at the stem.
  • pumpkins galore

    Finish it off with a ribbon bow.

  • pumpkins galore
    The little pumpkin requires a bigger circle of fabric so the gathers at the top become a pouf. Tie it together with ribbon or colorful threads.
  • pumpkins galore

    The decoupage pumpkin takes a little more time, but anyone can do it.

  • pumpkins galore
    Cut out parts of the design from the shirt. I choose a purple-and-green paisley print. It’s easier to cut if the shirt is a cotton blend. Spread a coat of Mod Podge on a small section of the pumpkin and arrange the cut-outs. Add as many as you like. I wanted to make sure some of the original orange color was visible.
  • pumpkins galore
    After the Mod Podge dries, paint on another coat and sprinkle with glitter. A little sparkle is always called for!