Fall is just about my favorite time of year. If you read this post about what’s in my brain you’ll know that I gave fall mad props. It’s impossible not to love, in my opinion. The food gets really delicious (chili, potato soup, stews) football is always on, I can pull out all my cute clothes. All great reasons to love the season.
One of my favorite things of all to do during the fall is decorate. I l.o.v.e. fall crafts, I like the house to smell like cinnamon and apples, and I totally snoop through other people’s homes looking for the next great idea in fall decorating. It’s exhilarating.
I decided the only thing Villa Russo was missing this fall was a little glitter. I could remedy that. Enter pumpkins, stage left.
Gather all your supplies:
- Dollar Tree pumpkins, or otherwise on-sale pumpkins (the fake kind)
- Acrylic paint, in your colors of choice.
- Modge Podge
- Scissors, painter’s tape, and paintbrushes
- A bushel-full of patience
Think about what sizes/variety of faux pumpkin you want to use. I started out with just the three small dollar tree pumpkins and found the larger one on sale at Michael’s. So that makes four. Now I have four glittery pumpkins and no place to put them. Story of my life.
Now you’ll want to paint your pumpkins. The leftover paper plate from the 4th of July works perfectly for that.
Can women be colorblind too? Because I would stand up in court and testify that I picked out a blue, a burgundy, and a red. And then I would be arrested for purgery, because that red is most definitely a dark pink. You’ll see.
Here’s where you are going to need that patience. ‘Cause it takes a loooooong time for those bad boys to dry. They must be completely dry before you take the leap on to the next step. Taping. Try not to do anything drastic, like through the tape across the room. It’s just not very ladylike.
I learned a few things about myself. And the universe in general, really. Thing one: I cannot tape a chevron pattern to save my life. I simply cannot. My life would be forfeit, because I could not save myself. Chevron patterns are my arch nemesis. Thing two: I actually love things to be a little off. To have a smidgen of character. To look like they were done with a goal of happiness and not a goal of perfection. Therefore, my chevron is the bomb-dot-com (please tell me people still use that expression.) Thing three: painter’s tape is the worst. Now that chevron and I are one speaking terms, my arch nemesis is painter’s tape. And this town ain’t big enough for the two of us.
Now, after you have taped off your patterns through blood sweat and tears, you’re ready to glitter-fy these babies. I use a homemade modge podge solution, which seems like a genius idea but it’s really just a pain in the you-know-what. Neck. That’s what I was going to say, it’s a pain in the neck. It’s just a little too watery and it makes it hard to work with. So just go buy modge podge. You’ll thank me later.
Brush on a thin coat of modge podge and sprinkle on glitter. Tap off excess. Leave to dry for a few minutes before pulling tape off.
Rip that tape off!
Rip carefully, very very carefully.
I did the above stripes, a chevron pattern, and some polka dots. The polka dots were easiest. I eye-balled them. Just used a brush to brush on circles of modge podge and then sprinkled them with glitter. Voila!
Once the glitter is on and the modge podge has dried, take your pumpkins out and spray them with a spray sealant of some sort. Otherwise, your whole house will sparkle. Which could be a good thing if you’re going for the whole I’m-obsessed-with-tinkerbell-and-therefore-my-whole-house-is-covered-in-glitter thing. I’m not. Stray glitter is bad.
Ready for the big reveal???
There you go! See how they turned out pinkish-red instead of orangeish-red? That was not on purpose. Sorry John.
If you forced me to pick a favorite I would say all of them. I can do that because it’s my blog.
They’re super versatile and pretty fun. I love the collection of three little guys sitting on the piano. But just for giggles I moved some to the bedroom.
There’s a quick sneak peek of bedroom progress for you. I’ve actually gotten it about 90% completed, so I owe you a great big reveal post. Someday I’ll get the bedroom cleaned up and take pictures so I can reveal the final-ish product. I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you. I’m not exactly known for tidying things up.
I hope this inspires you to get your own fall crafts going on. Glitter anyone?