Monday, October 18, 2010

It's the Great Pumpkin, Ya'll!

I feel certain this is my final fall tutorial. ;S For 2010, that is. I started in August, after all. I have 2 tutorials below. They are easy peasy!

Fall Candlescapes that I will use through Thanksgiving...

I simply took what I already had and threw it together. This project used (3) 7.5" cylinder vases from Dollar Tree (these were used in our wedding as well as a baby shower I co-hosted this month for a dear friend), (3) LED 6" pillar candles. These were a gift from a dear friend for our wedding {even better that they are vanilla scented}, fall leaves (I think I purchased a bunch at Publix for $3, which you can also find at the craft stores), fabric fall leaves that I double-side taped onto the LED pillars. No worries, it will come off like a charm. Once inside the vase, I inserted 3 of the fall leaves from the bunch. I used LED pillars because I won't have to worry about the leaves catching on fire and I can simply pull each pillar out to turn it on. Piece of cake! Below are Candles 1, 2, and 3. The final reveal is after the pumpkin tutorial as I took pix of both together on our mantel.





Now for the Pumpkins... I'm not big into Halloween Decor so I mainly decorate for fall and Thanksgiving. However, for those of you out there who decorate for both, this tutorial is still applicable. I bought (3) pumpkins from Dollar Tree. They were ugly, and I mean ugly. I originally wanted to prime them and paint them Heirloom White so they would resemble all those white pumpkins I've been crushing on since last year. Well, I just did not have it in me to do all that spray painting before or after the shower I co-hosted earlier this month. I had sprayed one as a test with Oil Rubbed Bronze (ORB) but it was too black for what I wanted. I started painting another one in a cream acrylic paint. Not feelin' the love... Then it hit me ~ I love my Metallics acrylic paint in Rich Espresso Brown. Why not paint them with that? To get a good base, I painted them first with Patio Paint in Chocolate Brown. Below are the pix with the 3rd pumpkin being the only one that had just the Patio Paint and Metallic Paint on it. The others had ORB & cream acrylic paint on them first.





And now for the reveal... No, I don't plan on leaving the pumpkins here as they don't really fit but it works for the sake of snapping a photo. Nice streak on the bottom of our mirror that I need to wipe down again. :) The only thing I don't like about how they turned out is you can see a line in the middle of each one where it was in its mold. I'm thinking some ribbon will take care of camouflaging. You get what you pay for, but they are cute nonetheless. You cannot tell the candles are on since it is daytime but they are cute, too.



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I'm linking up to Hope Studio's Tutorial Tuesday! You can view this and other fabulous tutorials on their blog.


I'm also linking up to Sugar Bee's Take a Look Tuesday, too. Check out all the other bloggers on her site, too.


I'm also linking up to "Toot Your Horn Tuesday" at The Silly Little Sparrow's blog.


I'm linking to "The Halloween Pumpkin Parade Party" at the Fabulous Under The Table & Dreaming blog.
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Also linking to the Fall Festival at The DIY Show Off. Another fabulous blog with so many creative bloggers.
The DIY Show Off

And finally... Sister Sister Sunday @ Kuzak's Closet So many delicious things on this blog.

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Remember... Keep it simple, keep it crafty, keep it frugal, keep it fabulous, & keep it fun!

11 comments:

  1. Ooh. I love the bronze pumpkins. Simple and lovely.

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  2. Beautiful! I love metallic finishes and the candles are so clever! Your mantel is so festive...I like the pumpkins there! I hope you'll stop by and link to the DIY Fall Festival! ;)

    I'm your newest follower (thanks for stopping by and commenting!) It's nice to "meet" you!

    Happy fall!

    Roeshel

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  3. Thanks, Roeshel ~ kind words & encouragement. :) I'll stop over and link to your fall festival. I'm so glad to have you & all the others following ~ an honor & a privilege.

    XO,
    Kimberly

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  4. I'm your newest follower. http://moogieland.blogspot.com/

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  5. I love your ideas for Fall - my favorite season! Thank you so much for your comment on my blog! "The one" is out there somewhere and I will not settle :)

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  6. Those are GREAT pumpkins. I would never have thought of the bronze color but they came out beautiful! Way-to-go

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  7. Thank you for your kind words, Kim!

    XO,
    Kimberly

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  8. I love how those turned out! They look great!! :)

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  9. Love those projects! We went on a nature hike this week and I'm thinking the boys would love to make fall candlescapes with the leaves they found.

    Following from InCourage Blog Frog.

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  10. Thank you, Jennifer and Jess.

    Jennifer, I'm now following your blog, too. Thank you for letting me know how you found me. :)

    XO,
    Kimberly

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