Last year I glittered little pumpkins and displayed them on candlesticks. This year I wanted something a little less glam, a little more everyday, but still totally awesome. It was love at first site when I saw the decoupaged chevron pumping tutorial on Tater Tots and Jello. I happened to have some yellow chevron fabric left over from the cheery pillows I made for the family room.
I loved this idea so much, I made my chevron pumpkins reusable. I bought the faux pumpkins from the craft store (which were 40% off this week). The faux pumpkins usually come in orange, white, and sometimes black. The prices are all the same. I opted for the white, so no orange or black would show through my fabric.
This was a very easy project, but a tiny bit more time consuming than I imagined. It took me almost an hour and a half to decoupage one large and one medium pumpkin. I started with the smaller of the two, but I was missing a key step to make the process easier. Jen wisely recommends soaking the fabric strips to help them stretch and mold to the pumpkin better. This really does help and speeds up the process, although the whole operation gets a little messier with damp fabric and gobs of mod podge. The end result is totally worth it!
I love to sprinkle holiday decor casually throughout the house. With these pumpkins, I replaced some smaller decorative vases on the shelf in our family room. I thought the pumpkins looked really cute with the white owl. I unknowingly made the whole shelf a little Halloween vignette by mixing the pumpkins with my everyday decor.
P.S. In the wide angle shot, did you see the Boo House? Our nanny is seriously creative. She helped the kids create this haunted house from a diaper box and construction paper. The ghosts are a kleenex glued around a round wooden bead. The bats are flying with the help of some re-used juice box straws. And how can you not love the pom pom and pipe cleaner spider? Amazing!