Book page and twine pumpkins

It’s hard to believe that the seasons are quickly changing, the pumpkin spice lattes are brewing and that fall is here already!
I was actually in Costco the other day and was surprised to find that the Christmas decorations were already up and ready for purchase.
I am happy to focus on one holiday at a time thankyouverymuch!
Which is why I made book page and twine wrapped pumpkins to celebrate the crispness in the air and the leaves falling from trees.
Want to know how to make some for your home?

Join me!  I am happy to share my tutorial.

By now, you may know about my little Dollar Store addiciton.

If you don’t, you should read up on some of the best things to buy at the Dollar Store here.

Don’t forget to check out the comments section.  It’s chock full of good tips from my readers.

To get started you will need some dollar store pumpkins.

 I put up a side by side picture of the before and after.

Aren’t they so much better after?!

Let’s get started making our mod podge book page pumpkins.

All you need is an old book, a paint brush, and mod podge…and of course, your pumpkin!

I painted mod podge on one side of my pumpkin, then slowly started layering book pages on.

Cover the book page with another coat of mod podge and press down into the creases of the pumpkin with your fingers.

This is a little messy, but so worth it!

Continue adding book pages until your whole pumpkin is covered.

While you wait for your book page pumpkin to dry, let’s get started on our twine pumpkin.

You will need twine (I got mine for $1 at a garage sale), a glue gun, lots of glue sticks, and your pumpkin.

Start on the bottom of the pumpkin pinching the end of the twine together and then slowly start wrapping in a circle around the pumpkin.

Glue as often as you can to hold the twine in place.

Remember to wrap tightly so the orange doesn’t show through.

 Continue wrapping the twine all the way to the stem.

Once you get to the stem begin to wrap the twine on top of itself.

Cut the end of the twine and poke it into the top of the stem.

That’s it!  Now you are ready to embellish your pumpkins.

I used a leaf from another decorative pumpkin that I have as a stencil.  You can easily make a large heart shape to get the same effect.

Cut the leaf out of several layers of book page paper (I used three layers).

Carefully pinch the middle of the leaf together, and glue.  This gives the leaf some dimension.

Glue your leaf into place on the pumpkin at the base of the stem.

I used thinner twine to make the vine tendrils.

Channel your inner pre-schooler and wrap the twine around a pencil to get the spiral.

I simply tied the tendril twine around the stem.

That’s it!  Now you have some very classic looking pumpkins to add to your fall display.

Each pumpkin cost me $1 to make since I had all of the supplies on hand.

Not bad for a buck, don’t you think?

Tutorial: How to make custom TOMS canvas shoes with Mod Podge and fabric

Do you have a crafting bucket list?  You know, a list of things you want to make or do or try.

Maybe you want to learn how to knit a hat or learn how to screen print your own fabric.

Making custom TOMS was on my crafting bucket list, so when I found a pair at a garage sale for fifty cents, I knew I couldn’t pass them up.  Because really, for fifty cents, the risk isn’t too great in case you mess them up or in case you really hate them.  TOMS are quite popular in our area, and while it seems like all the kids have at least one pair of TOMS, no one is going to have THIS pair of TOMS.

These TOMS are just a little big for my daughter, but the good thing about kids is that they grow, so sometime in the near future, these shoes will actually fit her.  There weren’t any holes in the canvas, but that’s a hazard of canvas shoes, so if there were, I would have taken a second to patch them up before starting their makeover.

Several months ago the nice people at the Plaid company sent me a HUGE box of Mod Podge goodness.  One of the things in the box, was this Mod Podge sampler pack.  It had fabric mod podge and outdoor mod podge.  Both of which were perfect for this project since I was using fabric and the shoes would be worn outdoors.

You will also need: Scissors, a foam brush, and fabric.  I was able to use scrap fabric that I already had on hand.  You won’t need more than a fat quarter.

I started off by stuffing the TOMS shoes with newspaper to help them hold their shape.

Then I laid the fabric down on the front part of the shoe and generously cut around the fabric.  I wanted to make sure I had enough fabric cut to be able to tuck under the seams.

 After I made sure I had enough fabric to cover the front of the TOMS, I brushed on fabric mod podge to the front of the shoe.  I pressed the fabric down making sure there weren’t any bubbles or folds.  I also turned down the fabric by the seam making a nice clean edge.

 Once the upper fabric was in place, I then used my fingernail to go around the bottom edge of the shoe.  This left an indent that I used as a guide to cut the fabric along the base.

 Once the fabric at the base was cut, I pressed the edges down and applied outdoor mod podge to the outside of the fabric and around the edges.

 Here is a picture of the upper part of the shoe drying.  You could stop here, but why?

 I placed a larger section of fabric down on the upper part of the shoe.  I used the natural TOMS shoe shape as my guide and cut the fabric generously around the shoes natural seams.  I then added fabric mod podge directly on to the shoe and smoothed my fabric into place.

 I did the same trimming around the lower base edges of the shoe and also made a small slit cut in the middle of the shoe where the elastic is.  I tucked all of the seams under, including the middle elastic seam area and covered the whole outer fabric with outdoor mod podge.

 Here is a picture of the shoe with the upper part of the shoe made over.  Notice the “v” shaped cut out by the elastic.

 I let the shoes dry overnight before using mod podge pearlized glaze.  The glaze was easy to use, and I was hoping it would be another barrier to keep the shoes sealed.   

 The glaze actually left a really cool sheen to the shoes, not quite glittery, not quite matte, but pearlized.  Imagine that?!

 I wanted to add a pop of color, so I sewed on these large red vintage buttons to each side.

Best part?  My daughter loves them and they only cost me fifty cents to make!

Aren’t these custom TOMS super cute?!

Check that off my bucket list!