About two months ago, on August 29th to be exact, I acquired some new faux pumpkins and super cute Halloween themed scrapbook paper to make these Decorative Scrapbook Paper Covered Pumpkins.
I had seen them all over the internet in the past and they looked easy to make and, thus, I wanted some of my very own.
Why do I remember the date? Oh I am sooo glad you asked. Pull up a chair. As I show you some tutorial style photos – and I will provide instructions below – I will tell you exactly why.
So back on August 29th, the Husband was out and about with the boys running a few errands – groceries, haircuts, etc. I had these scrapbook paper pumpkins on my list to make and realized I needed some Halloween themed paper.
Naturally I called the Hubs because he’s already out, right? The call went something like this:Me (in my most chipper voice): Hi Honey! Can you make one more stop for me while you’re out? ::there is a slight hesitation because this isn’t his first rodeo:: Mr. Claire: And where would that be? Me (as nonchalantly as possible): Oh just, you know, JoAnn Crafts. I just need a quick little thing. ::dead silence:: Me: Hello? Mr. Claire (whose teeth may have been gritted): What. Little. Thing? ::clearly I had to think fast:: Me: Just some cute Halloween scrapbook paper. ::more silence. Danger, danger. Using the word “cute” could have been my downfall here. A blatant misstep on my part.:: Me: Hello? Mr. Claire: I will text you when I get there. ::victory was mine but that was a close one::
An hour (and 437 photo texts back and forth) or so later the Hubs arrived home with the book of Halloween scrapbook paper shown above. Oh and also more faux pumpkins in various shapes and colors because, you know. What if the stash I had wasn’t enough??
Obviously the man is a saint.
And then I got sidetracked. And then we went on vacation a week later. And then I got sidetracked some more. And the bag of scrapbook paper and faux pumpkins sat untouched next to the dining room table for almost six (SIX!!) weeks.
I’d like to think it was Littlest, who has been so excited about decorating for Halloween, that dragged it out into the middle of the room. But I am really not so sure it wasn’t the Husband. Nonetheless the receipt was still in the bag which is why I know the date.
Because believe me. I’m lucky to remember what I had for breakfast on any given day.
So it goes without saying that I had to make them if I ever wanted to call in a “craft store” favor again. And
Winter Christmas is coming.
Covering faux pumpkins (or “Funkins” as they are sometimes called) with scrapbook paper is ridiculously easy. I’m talking caveman easy. Which is maybe why there are 1,837,362 posts out there about this very thing.
146,983 of those which probably posted since August 29th by people who were not sidetracked like me.
But these are mine and now you can make some too. Here’s how:
Decorative Scrapbook Paper Pumpkins
Supplies:Faux Pumpkins (“Funkins”) in various sizes Decorative Halloween or Fall themed scrapbook paper (it takes about 2 and 1/2 pages for a large “Funkin”) Mod Podge
Medium sized paint brush or paint sponge
Directions:Cut scrapbook paper into strips or squares (this all depends on the size of the “Funkin” you want to cover – it’s a very forgiving craft). Working in sections, use the brush to apply a liberal coat of mod podge onto the “Funkin”. Place the scrapbook paper onto the coated area and reapply more Mod Podge. Make sure the Mod Podge is brushed out evenly so you don’t get any white globs. I generally have to wash my hand every few minutes because I use my fingers to press down and coat the paper. Once fully covered, apply another thin coat of Mod Podge and check for any gaps in the seams. Smooth out as needed. Allow to dry for at least eight hours to make sure there are no “sticky” parts left before placing them on any surfaces in your home.
I love that no matter how many times I have seen a variation of these they are all so unique because there are so many varieties of paper to choose from.
So get crafting, my friends. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have these ready by Halloween 2015.