Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Pumpkin Door Decoration

This pumpkin was made using brown paper. I painted the paper with gesso and when it was dry I freehand drew the design that I wanted. You can also trace a design if you wish. I then painted the design with acrylic paints.

Next I put the painted design down over another sheet of brown paper and cut an area large enough to have a few inches around the outside in case I needed the extra space.

Then I took it to the sewing machine and ran a stitch around the edges and left an opening big enough to get my hand in and stuff it.

After I got the stuffing situated I held the edges together and stitched it closed...just like making a pillow.

I trimmed up the excess along the outside edges, punched holes and inserted eyelets at the top where I wanted to put my wire hanger. I used what I had on hand for the wire. It was a piece of floral wire and not too heavy.

I used hot glue to keep the hanger in place and to seal any areas that moisture  could get in.

Next I used a glue sealer and then sprayed with a poly coating.

I recommend placing pumpkins on a door that is covered by a porch or patio. Even though it is sealed it needs to be taken care of to protect it so you can get many years of use out of it.

I made the scarecrow pumpkin to give to my grandchildren. They make good door hangers for their rooms.

1 comment:

  1. What a great idea... I just happen to have some brown paper laying around... hmmmm...

    Thanks for the inspiration!