Hello! Nicole here with a fun way to make-over some pumpkins for your Thanksgiving (or fall) decorations. The other day I was walking around the dollar section at Target looking not only for ideas but also for things I could potentially stamp with ArtFoamies. These pumpkins caught my eye, but I knew it would be pretty impossible to stamp on them with the ArtFoamies I have, plus they weren’t really plain enough to showcase the stamps.
Then, I thought about the cool pumpkins that artist Amanda Evanston Freund has been creating and showing on Instagram. (Search for her if you don’t already follow!) Though these pumpkins look nothing like hers, I was inspired to think outside the box and attempt to make-over the pumpkins with ArtFoamies.
I knew in order to stamp on the pumpkins, I would have to stamp on paper first and then adhere the paper to them. The paper needed to curve around the pumpkin bumps, so it needed to be thin. I was thinking through the process of paper mache and contemplated tissue paper, but then I remembered deli paper! It would be perfect because the semi-transparent nature would also allow some of the color of the pumpkins to show through.
Step One: Brayer several fall colors (I used 3: cheddar, olive, Sedona) on deli paper in all different directions. I put the colors on a palette paper first to run the brayer through. Don’t over-do it; leave some areas without the paint. Then, mix some of the colors with water and splatter the paint on the deli paper for added texture. For the splattering, I also grabbed yellow to add another layer of interest.
Step Two: Once the paint and splatters are dry, stamp all over the paper with your ArtFoamie. I chose one that was a continuous pattern. If you struggle making the pattern, it’s ok because we’re going to cut the paper into strips. To stamp, use the same process and put the colors on your palette paper. I used a combo of fuschia and copper. Then, brayer the color on the ArtFoamie. I was able to stamp 4 times before needing to reload the paint. I like how this gives added dimension with dark and light colors.
Step Three: After the stamped images are dry, cut the deli paper into strips. The ridges on my shorter pumpkin were larger, so I cut those strips 2 inches and for the taller pumpkin, I cut them 1.5 inches. It took about 2 sheets of deli paper per pumpkin. Then, paint your medium of choice (gel or matte, or even mod podge) on the back of the strip and stick it to the pumpkin. Press it into the creases and around the bumps, and don’t worry about wrinkles. Once you have the strip in place, paint your medium on the top as well. Repeat this process until you cover the pumpkin. At times I cut parts of my strips at angles so they’d look better up by the stem—just go with your intuition here. Some of the strips I also trimmed the bottoms as they were not stamped or painted as well. There were a couple spots that looked funny, so I just layered small pieces of the cut deli paper over them. The process is super forgiving.
For the taller pumpkin, I wanted to preserve the saying, so first I placed a strip on either side and then worked my way around to the back. After the pumpkin was covered, I worked on adding pieces around the saying so it would look nice. I found that cutting smaller strips and pieces along with triangles helped to form the shape.
Make sure that the pumpkin has a good coat of your medium on the outside of all the deli paper and that it is all stuck securely to the pumpkin before drying!
Step Four: When the medium was dry, I grabbed copper paint to splatter on the pumpkins and also add to the stems for highlights. I didn’t block off the saying before splattering and love how the splatters look over the “hello fall.” To finish off that area, I also painted a small stripe of copper where the deli paper meets the pumpkin.
You could also continue to embellish them by adding your own words or stamped letters or tie some leaves or a stamped tag around the stem.
I absolutely love how these turned out, and I can’t wait to use them on the center of my Thanksgiving table. Plus, now I have some other ideas brewing for future tutorials!
I hope you grab some pumpkins and give them an artsy makeover!