Autumn Pumpkin DIY Home Decor with Instructions
I love everything about autumn, from the warm rich colors to the bountiful harvest images. With the change of seasons comes a change in home decor for my front door. I think the Amazon, UPS, USPS, FedEx and Pizza delivery folks need something new to look at when they drop off goodies at my front door.
I created a decorative wooden pumpkin decor piece using an array of wonderful products:
Authentique's new Splendor collection
Creative Embellishments Wood Home Decor - Large Pumpkin
Dies from Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace collection by Becca Feeken
3D buttons from Buttons Galore
Scroll down to see instructions and tips that I am sharing to help in your creative process.
The paper collection used today is Authentique's new Splendor collection, filled with the gorgeous colors and images of autumn. I also added banner and sentiment accents from Authentique's Elements sheet, although it was difficult to choose which elements to use because the whole sheet is spectacular.
Below are the papers used from the collection.
The Wood Pumpkin Decor Shape
Creative Embellishments, popular worldwide for their chipboard and shaker designs, has added a new product line featuring large wood home decor pieces in a variety of seasonal and non-seasonal shapes. These are perfect to freshen your home, create as a holiday table centerpiece, or to gift. As I mentioned in my opening, my pumpkin will welcome all the delivery people to my front door.
The pumpkin is Creative Embellishments Wood Home Decor -Large Pumpkin shape. It's a substantially sized wooden piece (11.6"wide X 9.7"high) that comes with a clean smooth surface ready to finish any way to choose.
DIY Instructions and Tips to Help You Create
The wood piece is clean and smooth so I dove right in with a blending brush and Distress Ink in Fossilized Amber to add warmth and color to the base.
Next step - papering the front.
The wood pumpkin makes a great template for covering in patterned paper but I wanted to keep about 1/2 inch of wood edge showing. To do this, I flipped the pumpkin over and traced the shape onto the Authentique Splendor Paper - Five using a pencil. Take no risks when tracing.
Once the shape was cut, I used a ruler and measured 1/2 inch marks around the entire back of the patterned paper to resize and reduce the patterned paper allowing for my wood edges to show.
Will it be perfect? Probably not. Does anyone notice? Probably not.
Don't stress over the small stuff.
This is what is will look like after the resizing. I love the wood showing. I did ink the edges of the patterned paper withDistress Ink in Vintage Photo.
Dies are great to use in cardmaking, but don't hesitate to pull them out for DIY home decor projects as well.
Spellbinders has a newly released collection that is perfect for home decor projects. The beautiful ovals on the pumpkin are die cut using Picot Petite Ovals from Becca Feeken’s Amazing Paper Grace collection.
I selected three coordinating patterned papers from Authentique Splendor paper pack and die cut three decorative Picot Petite Ovals. I inked the edges of each die cut with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give the decorative edges some definition.
The sunflower oval (Authentique Paper - Splendor Collection -sheet One) will be the center piece of the pumpkin and I want this to be dimensional. I also need this piece to be durable. I also want the delicate edges of the oval to be protected soI reinforced the oval with a rich brown sheet of card stock and trimming theexcess (awfully close trimming).
To make the sunflower oval pop, I added foam to the back for dimension.
After this step, the fun decorative touches can be added including banners and sentiment words from Authentique Paper - Splendor Collection - Elements sheet, floral berries, raffia and 3D buttons.
These buttons happen to have plastic shanks on the back. They can be cut off quite easily, however often I like to create wire "picks" and use the wire to help secure the button to the project.
Thank you for stopping here today. Happy crafting and decorating.