I found this fun for all, mixed-media pumpkin project over at Salvage Sister & Mister that uses wooden door frame corner rosettes to create vintage-inspired pumpkins to decorate your home. I fell in love with their simplicity, but still took it a step farther and made them three dimensional by giving them a front and a back and adding a bit more embellishment. They only took about an hour or so to complete my family of four. 😀 even with having to wait for the paint to dry, which was the hardest part! These make a great hostess gifts and look great throughout ALL the fall months, Halloween and Thanksgiving! 😀
- Wooden Rosette Trim Block Molding Pieces – any size you like – I used several sizes to make a Pumpkin “Family”
- Acrylic Paints – dark chocolate (I chose a metallic), 3-4 various orange colors ranging from bright to dark (I chose the medium orange as a metallic)
- Ribbons – assorted scraps of green
- Dollar Store embellishments – I used purple Tule, brown and black bells from door hangers, feathers from a Halloween boa and leaves from some fall flowers
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Tree Branch from the yard
- Garden Pruning Shears
- Paint the rosettes with a base coat of Dark Chocolate. Let dry.
- Apply a second coat, if necessary.
- Randomly apply Weathered Wood medium with paintbrush. Painting it thicker and randomly will result in a variety of cracks on your finished pumpkins.
- Allow medium to dry completely, about 30 minutes.
- Using a limited amount of strokes, apply a thick coat of orange paint with a very limited number of strokes and do not paint over the same area more than once. As the paint dries it will crackle.
- Large cracks will appear where the medium was put on thick and small cracks will appear where the medium was put on thin.
- Using your glue gun put an even amount of glue on the back of one rosette along the outer edge. Immediately press to the second rosette together.
- Clean off any glue that has oozed out and allow them to dry completely.
- Weigh them down with wood clamps, a brick or large book to press them together securely.
- Cut tree branch into 1” to 1 ½” lengths with pruning shears and then attach to top, the center of each pumpkin with a glue gun. Or use a selection of curled wired wood.
- Gather a variety of green ribbons, trimmed into 6” lengths and then knot in the center.
- Attach at base of pumpkin stem with a glue gun.
- Decorate as desired with spare bits and pieces from your craft room.