Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Autumn Leaves

I wanted to make something to decorate a very large white (ivory) pumpkin that I recently got at Michaels. For that particular sale I could buy a humongous pumpkin for 50 percent off, plus an additional 20 percent off for shopping that day. What a deal! I didn't want to permanently change the appearance of the white pumpkin.  I liked the way it looked.  I just wanted to enhance it a bit by adding something.   I decided to make leaves out of plastic canvas, the kind you use in embroidery or needlepoint.  It's very cheap, and you can get it in different colors. I even found the canvas in ivory, an exact match to the pumpkin. 

I guess you're wondering how I'm going to do this?  Well, it's pretty simple.

First, I found a leaf pattern online, sized it to full page, and cut it out of the canvas.
                                                               



 Next, after spreading modge podge over the canvas leaf,  I added a mixture of glitter, sequins and modge podge to the canvas.

 Then I added seed beads to the mix and placed it completely around as a border on the leaf.



                         I made four leaves for the pumpkin  .   .   .
I found a butterfly ornament (Christmas aisle) at the dollar store that matched perfectly  .   .   .   .

 Added a little bead twist to the stalk  .   .    .


You can see I made some small leaves to decorate my candles  .   .   .



I love the way the leaves on the pumpkin look.  How about you?

Enjoy! 



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16 comments:

  1. How gorgeous! You are the bead queen girl! And what a fabulous by on that humongous pumpkin!

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    1. Thanks Danni, and you're the queen of bloggers! So helpful and incisive!!! You've always been here in blogland for me!! I'm grateful!!!

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  2. I love the beads on the leaves!!! Your vignette is stunning!!! You have been a busy bee....

    Linking from Debbidoos,
    Ricki Jill

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and the compliments. Love Debbidoos way of getting us all together!

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  3. I love your creamy pumpkin. You did a great job decorating it with the leaves and butterfly. You really have that special touch decorating with beads. I love your mantel decor and the subtle fall color of your pictures! Thanks for stopping by my blog and loving my purple tray!

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    1. Thank you so much for your compliments! Purple lovers have to stick together!

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  4. Your leaves are so pretty. They really dress up the pumpkin. The butterfly is the perfect finishing touch. Found you through Bouquet of Talent linky party and I'm your newest follower. Hope you have a chance to stop by for a visit and maybe follow back.
    Tuula :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, visiting and being a follower! I really appreciate the kind words. The blogging community is AWESOME!

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  5. Wow, what an original idea! I love how you mix in a little sparkle and beading with you projects. So, so pretty!!

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    1. Thank you so much. Love all the wonderful compliments!

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  6. I saw how you decorated your pumpkin with beads etc.. and tried it with a few of mine. I loved it!! I used pearls and rhinestones on a silver pumpkins. Loved your idea!

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    1. Thanks, KC! I would love to see yours. I tried finding you to reply by email, but couldn't. Let me know how to get in touch. Pearls and rhinestones seem really WOW!

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    2. you can email me at joechesney@charter.net I don't have a blog. I have not gotten up the courage to start that just yet, hopefully one day soon.

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  7. Hello Gail, it's a pleasure to meet you. I must say your leaves are fantastic. They are so pretty and have a lot of bling. Love how your pumpkin turned out.
    I am your newest follower. I do hope you visit and say hello and follow along.

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  8. It's so pretty! The sparkly leaves are awesome! Beautiful job! :)

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