Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Perfect Paper Pumpkins

These gorgeous pumpkins are from a 2009 "Color Me Monday" post by Jeanette Lynton. Their designs are beautiful and worthy of a re-post.

"My favorite of the bunch is a do-it-yourself pumpkin patch, created simply and easily in less time than it takes to carve a jack o' lantern. Start with some inexpensive terracotta pots-I used 4", 5" and 6" to give my patch some variety. For the 4" pot, I used one sheet of B&T paper cut into 24 strips measuring 1/2" x 7". You can use either cardstock or B&T paper, and distress or stamp on the strips as you please. For larger pots, simply adjust the width of the strips and lengths to suit-for example, the 5" pot uses 24 strips cut to 3/4" x 12" (2 sheets of paper). The longer the strip length the plumper the pumpkin!"
"For an open pumpkin, attach one end of each strip about 1” inside the lip of the pot using a glue dot, and attach the other end to the underside of the pot. You’ll want to slightly overlap each strip, and puff them slightly to give the finished project that plump pumpkin look. After working all the strips around the pot, garnish your pumpkin with a stamped tag or some curly vines or even a rolled-paper stem. You can even close the pumpkin by attaching the strips to each other instead of the base pot. The choice is yours!

And here’s a handy candy tip: if you plan to pack your pumpkin with treats, just line your terracotta pot with an appropriate size clear plastic baggie before you begin glue dotting the strips down. The plastic will protect the pot from staining and help keep your treats fresh, too. It’s a fun and festive way to transform a summer pot into a fabulous fall treat!"

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