Bonjour Mes Amis!
Hope you all had a great weekend.
So many of you have been busy decorating for fall and Halloween, but I've been feeling oh so far behind in that department! I had purchased a set of faux pumpkins at least a month ago for the project that I am about to share with you, and just never had made the time to do anything with them. Well, I finally got around to it and finished them today, and had alot of fun in the process!
I've created a little vignette on our dining table with my pumpkins, that I'll tell you about in a sec. But first, I knew that I wanted to use my large vintage silver tray, found a few years ago at a thrift shop. Like so many of you, I also love cloches and pedestals, and wanted to incorporate that into my look.
So here is what I did. I began with cheap-o faux pumpkins from the Dollar Tree. They looked so sad and, well, tacky that I had my doubts that I could turn them into something pretty! Thankfully I was able give them a new lease on life, by decoupaging them with pages torn from a vintage dictionary and adding some pretty embellishments. I know that some may have trouble tearing books apart, but that is what I bought the dictionary for. Our local library has used book sales each month, which is where I picked up this dictionary, and for only a buck!
Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I first spray painted the pumpkins cream, as I didn't want any of their former bright orange and gold tones to show thru the dictionary pages.
I've perched one on a wonderfully tarnished vintage silver pedestal that my parents received years ago as a silver anniversary gift. A cute little glass cloche tops it off.
Here is a better look minus the cloche. The most fun part of creating the pumpkins was the embellishing! For all but the tinest pumpkin, I replaced their ugly plastic stems with small bits of driftwood that I collected on our trip to Lake Superior. I also added wonderfully crinkly creamy seam binding, tied in generous bows.
Isn't this petite pumpkin just the cutest? I thought it really didn't need any embellishing, so I left it as is. I've nestled it inside of a vintage tarnished little creamer, another thrift store find.
Also to the tray I've added a few bits of green moss, some tiny pinecones, and a pretty silk flower that I spray painted to tone down its former bright color.
I had fun thumbing thru the dictionary for a few appropriate words. I was super excited to find this graphic of a pumpkin.
It may be hard to tell from the photos, but I also dusted each pumpkin with some clear coarse glitter ('cause you know how much I love my glitter!). I just dusted it on while the final coat of Mod Podge was still wet.
I also added silk leaves that I painted cream, and coated in glitter. They were green and orange, but that just wasn't the look I was going for!
To the pumpkin above, I added a pretty vintage rhinestone pin that was in my crafting supply stash. It was missing a few rhinestones, so I just took a few little ones from the craft store, and glued them on with tacky glue.
The two other pumpkins were embellished with vintage Mother of pearl buttons and faux pearl and rhinestone brads. Love!
Here's one last look.
I had so much fun with this project, and lots of fun creating this little vignette!
Hope that maybe it inspires you as well!