Monday, September 23, 2013

Mixed Media May - Get ready for fall and make these adorable paper pumpkins

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Hello Everyone! Happy FALL! Finally - cooler crisp temperatures are here!

My most FAVORITE time of the year – mostly because of pumpkin pie!  I always get inspired this time of year because I love the cool crisp air how mother nature paints the landscape with gorgeous rich colors.  It’s not uncommon for me to dress up our dinner table with whimsical napkins and décor.  These little pumpkin place card holders are easy and quick to make with just a few supplies.  You’re guests will not only love them, but will love to take them home as a little momento of the evening. 

So today I'm showing you how to make adorable paper pumpkins from paper.  These are great place card holders but would be even cuter made from smaller circles and used as cupcake toppers!! ADORABLE! 

Hint:  These are make great party favors and also little photo holders.  Don’t you just love projects that are easy AND versatile?

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Project Dimensions: Varies

Spellbinders Supplies:
MMM-001 Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer™ machine
MD1-012 Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Circles Three die
MD1-010 Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™  Hearts Two Die Template (optional)
MD2-004 Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Flowers One die template
MB3-001 Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Circle Hatpin – Bronze
S5-120 Spellbinders®  Fall Foliage die templates
2 to 3 small buttons
3 – 4 x 4” squares of burlap (optional)
Dictionary paper or newspaper
Ink pad in a pumpkin orange color
Tacky Glue
22 gauge steel annealed wire (available at hardware stores)
Needle nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters
Cosmetic sponge

As a variation of shape use these same instructions but substitute the #3 Flowers One die template. 

Stack and fold for sheets of dictionary paper in half to create 8 layers.

Cut approximately 20+ circles from the dictionary paper using the #3 (with #1 being the smallest) Circles three die template.  (hint:  the more you cut the fuller your pumpkin) 

Apply orange ink with cosmetic sponge to both sides of circles

Cut approximately 1/8” off of the bottom of all circles to create a flat base

Fold circles in half

Stack all the folded circles and match edges.

Apply glue to the folded edges and press firmly for a minute or so with your fingers.

Release and the shapes will fluff and turn into a pumpkin.

Working off the spool create a loop with a long wire extention.  Bend the wire around the loop a couple of times and curl the remaining wire.

Snip off spool leaving approximately 3 inches of a tail.  Apply glue to tail and place in center of pumpkin for stem.

Create a coil with round nose pliers and leave a 3” extension.  Glue into the center of pumpkin. 

Optional:  cut three leaves of burlap using the Fall Foliage Red Maple leaf die.

Glue burlap leaves to bottom of pumpkin

Cut a flower from the #2 flowers one die and ink

Pull the wire from the hatpin. 

Glue flower to back of hat pin and glue buttons to front center.

Create a small bow with raffia

Glue to front of the pumpkin to embellish.

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