Round three of the Better Homes and Gardens contest! This was my favorite challenge and while my pumpkins are simple, they're definitely reflective of my personal style (at least one side, since I do have dual - and dueling - decorating personalities).
One thing to know about me and pumpkins - I pretty much avoid carving them, at all costs (though that will have to change when my son is old enough to participate in the carving process). I think it was the photo shoot when I carved a dozen pumpkins out in the biting cold, my fingers stiff and bleeding. That may have been what put me over the edge. But beyond that particular unpleasantry, I like to decorate pumpkins so they last for several weeks instead of a couple of days.
This year I raided my fabric stash to make patterned leaves. It's not difficult to do and you can keep the leaves afterwards. Here's how:
pumpkin leaf templates (download the PDF at the bottom of this post)
iron-on fusible interfacing
iron and ironing board
sharp, fine-tipped fabric scissors
thin floral wire
floral tape in the color of your choice
quick-setting gel glue (like Fabri-Tac or 3-in-1 adhesive)
Fun-Tack putty or other type of adhesive
1. Download the pumpkin leaf templates and print them out; cut them out.
2. Iron the fusible interfacing to the back of fabric scraps; trace around the pumpkin templates.
3. Cut out pumpkin leaves.
4. Cut 5 pieces of thin floral wire and glue them to the back side of the pumpkin leaves (as shown above). It's not necessary to use a full length of wire for each vein, but include at least one in the middle. This will give you ample wire to curl and create tendrils with. Set aside to dry.
5. When glue is dry, gather the floral wires together and wrap with floral tape to secure. Twirl the wire around the end of your pen or your finger to create tendrils. Shape the leaves with your fingers.
6. You can attach the leaves to your pumpkins using a bit of Fun-Tack putty, strong double-sided tape, or glue dots.
Now, as usual, you can head over and see what my competitors have been up to, as well as place a vote for your favorite. Don't forget - you can vote once a day! Vote HERE.