Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Make This!!

I absolutely love texture!

After experimenting a bit with plaster,
I thought it would be cool to try to
create a plaster look pumpkin!

You know...something different...
a little unexpected...
and full of texture!

So I did!
What do you think?

I totally adore it!

And it is soooo easy to do!
You HAVE to try it!

Here is what you need:

Faster Plaster {available at Michael"s, take your 40% off coupon}
A faux pumpkin {I got mine at Dollar Tree}
Faux autumn leaves  {I got them at Dollar Tree, too}
A 1" foam brush {on sale 20 for $1 at Michael's}
Something to mix the plaster in
And a 2" stick from your yard for the stem

OH!  And some plastic wrap to sit it on to dry!!
And a paper towel!!
AND a hot glue gun!!

This is a bit messy, so wear an old T-shirt and
cover your work surface to protect it and make
clean up easy.

I didn't get photos of the process, but
here are the directions!!

*Mix up approx 1- 1 1/2 cups of plaster to the consistency of yogurt
according to package directions.

*Remove faux stem from pumpkin

*Pushing quite hard, insert the stick stem where
the faux stem was. You will hold the stem
while applying the plaster.

*Apply a thick coating of plaster covering as much of the
color of the pumpkin as possible except the bottom.

*The plaster will run a little, but it begins to
dry fairly quickly

*This coat will be smooth!!!

*Once it is covered well, place it on the plastic wrap to dry.

*Dip a fall leaf in the plaster, covering as much of the color
as possible.  Place on the cling wrap to dry.
{the leaves are fragile, but have a fabulous look!!}

*Check the pumpkin after about 10 minutes.  When it is almost all dry,
the real fun begins!!!

*To create the texture, use your fingers to scoop up some
plaster and apply it to the pumpkin.  You want it to look
rough so don't smooth it too much. 

*You do want to smooth it enough to make sure it adheres well.

*Repeat until the whole surface is textured..

*Apply a coat to the underside of the pumpkin, too
{If some green shows through it's's just the botton!}

*Apply some plaster around the base of the stem to secure it
and on the stem to "weather" it slightly!

use a hot glue gun to adhere the leaf to the pumpkin.
Just use one dime to nickel size blob, and remember the leaves are
FRAGILE, and the plaster will crack if you grip them
too hard!!

Once done, leave plain or decorate with whatever
your heart fancies!!  I used a strip of torn muslin and
made a little paper tag!

  When the pumpkin is completely dry, you can lightly
sand any rough edges that might flake off.

You can spray both leaf and pumpkin with a clear sealer,
and it will help prevent flaking of the plaster.

Here is the before and after:

The leaves could be used to scatter in
vignettes, on party tables, and even as wedding decor!

Too cute paired with The French linen pumpkin that will hit the shop today!!!!

Paired up with a mini peat pot, and a fabulous custom made

Fall sign by my sweet and talented friend
Mandy over at Creekside Creations!

Her signs are so awesome!  You can find them HERE!

Hope you'll try the plaster pumpkin!
Let me know if you do!!

Linking up to White Wednesday over at Faded Charm!!

Have a delightful day!!!



Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

very cute! i am making some fabric pumpkins too :)

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

I Love your pumpkin! It turned out awesome!
Thanks for sharing.

sandra said...

I can't wait to try this!!! Heading to Michaels today so I will pick up some plaster and a pumpkin...thanks for sharing!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Cleverly done! Love the rich texture and it's a great departure from plain old pumpkins. And the base pumpkin doesn't have to be perfect! Great job.

Kar said...

That is absolutely adorable Becky! Love all your white pumpkins. You are so clever! :)


Alice said...

wow, this is really awesome, becky! i love the step-by-step instructions, too :). i feel like i could actually make one - if i tried. hope your week is going well!

Jane said...

LOVE!!! This will be a fun project to do with my dil...she collects pumpkins. Can't wait to give here the ones I ordered from you.

Angie Mae said...

Oh, I love it! And, the possibilities, you could do this to all kinds of things. But, I really adore your pumpkin!

Dorthe said...

It is fantastic-I too, love the look of it, and would love to try-don`t know where to find something like your Faster Plaster ,here in DK.
Your fabric pumpkin is wonderful, too.

Petite Michelle Louise said...


Kasia said...

IM TRYING IT!!!!! OMG this is awesome! I squealed when I saw!!!!! As luck would have it, I threw out a faux pumpkin I thought Id never use!!! Now I gotta run and buy one -.- LOL Brilliant idea!


Faye ~ Wild Rose Vintage said...

This is pretty cute~ love the idea and I'll have to try it. I need to get going on my fabric pumpkins of these days....where does the time go! Yours are beautiful! Have a lovely evening...

Elena said...

Now that is a delightful pumpkin! Great idea!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Miss Becky,
Oh my heavens that plaster pumpkins is so cute!
Just love it! It really came out great.......
and does look great paired with the other fabric one.
So how art thou??? lol
Doing well I hope. Would you like to come for a
visit on Friday??? Would love to see you.
Take care,
Love ya hon, Nellie

she dreams big! said...

Who'd a thunk it? Only someone as talented and creative as you! Cute! Cute! Cute!

Mary said...

Love your pumpkin, what a great idea.

Donna said...

What a fun project! Thanks for sharing such a great tutorial! I just may have to give this a try, and add my own spin to it by adding a dusting of glitter!!

Heaven's Walk said...

Toooo cute! Messy projects are always the most fun, Becky! :) Luvin' the texture on that pumpkin!!!!

xoxo laurie

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I do love it. I was just at Dollar Tree yesterday and saw their flimsy plastic pumpkins....Well, you fixed that, covering with plaster and using a stick for a stem....fabulous!



How cute is that! I love it!

Happy White Wednesday,

Trisha said...

What a great idea. You are so inventive. Thanks and Blessings.

Sezoentje-Sonja said...

I love these pumpkins, very inspiritionel,
love from Belgium,

Jill said...

This is a great idea!

Miriam said...

Wonderful, Becky!
I saw some sea colored chintz covered pumpkins in a magazine and thought of you. (I don't remember the name of the magazine)

Passionate for White said...

Fantastic looking pumpkin...especially since it's white!!

Francine said...

Those are adorable !!!!

Chris said...

I love this idea. Going to have to try this.

Amber Lyon Ferguson said...

Getting a head start on Halloween ideas and found your blog. I am your newest follower! Stop by and visit mine sometime!


Janet Rose said...

Hi Becky,
I am reading that faster Plaster has been discontinued by the manufacture. Do you know if that's true I didn't find it in Michaels. I have never used any kind of plaster so I was just wondering could plaster of paris give the same affect? Sorry got so into my question almost forgot to mention I love these pumpkins.

Laura Prascher said...

This is adorable! Just wanted to let you know that I linked to this post in my roundup of no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas. Thanks for sharing!!

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