Tissue Paper Pumpkin Craft

I’m so excited to be sharing a craft with you today!

Following the birth of my second son (almost one year ago – eek) the “Sew” part of Sew You Think You Can Cook has become near extinct as my spare time manages to keep dwindling. Who knew two young boys could be so exhausting!? Oh wait, just about everybody. But, I wouldn’t trade them for anything. Not even a craft room. 😉

When my mother-in-law came to visit a couple of weeks ago half of her suitcase was packed with crafting materials! She had two projects planned for Firecracker to make and some material for a Halloween craft I’d asked her to help me with. It was a fabulous week filled with modge podge and my sewing machine.

My husband and I were very skeptical as to how our two year old would do with a craft project. And he did his best to curb his mom’s expectations and enthusiasm. I am happy to report that Firecracker had a blast crafting with his Tilly! He couldn’t wait to make a second of each for his little brother, too.

How to make a Tissue Paper Pumpkin

Start with a template of a pumpkin (or whatever other shape you want to create) and trace it onto a piece of burlap, a piece of Lite Steam A Seam 2, and a piece of fabric. Cut out the pumpkins.

Sandwich the Steam A Seam 2 between the burlap and the fabric, iron to fuse the pieces together, following the product instructions.

Working with the burlap side up. Paint the stem of the pumpkin with brown craft paint, if desired.

Paint modge podge over the face of the pumpkin. An empty yogurt container is a perfect vessel for portioning out the craft glue.

Apply 1 1/4″ squares of tissue paper to the pumpkin and gently “tap tap” to adhere.

Tissue Paper Pumpkin Craft

Seal down the tissue paper by painting over the pumpkin with another layer of modge podge. Allow pumpkin to dry.

Using modge podge again, glue down the jack-o-lantern face, if desired. These jack-o-lantern faces were cut out from black fabric scraps. My mother-in-law brought three different sets of eyes, noses, and mouths and allowed Firecracker to create his own pumpkin face.

Seal in the face by covering with another layer of modge podge.

Tissue Paper Pumpkin Craft

Once the pumpkin is completely dry, trim the edges of any over hanging tissue paper. If there are bubbles in the paper, simply puncture them with a pin.

Hot glue a string on the back fro easy hanging.

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Fall Mantle

September is here! And even though it’s not officially Fall yet, football season has started, pumpkin-flavored everything is hitting the stores, and the days are getting shorter. For me and my house, that’s close enough!

Growing up in South Florida, we didn’t have fireplaces. But apparently Northern Florida thinks they’re North enough to demand fireplaces. I am completely baffled by this architectural choice – we don’t use ours, ever.

My absolute favorite thing about the fireplace is the mantle. Why? Because it gives me a surface to decorate! I am completely in love with my fall motif. I opted to go with the scarecrow/straw theme. (The Tommy Tuberville signed Auburn Football made the cut this year — War Eagle!) On October 1st I’ll add a Jack-O-Lantern scarecrow and on November 1st I have a totally adorable stuffed turkey that says “Gobble til you Wobble”. I also plan on trying a Pinterest-inspired pine cone garland. If I get around to it (and it’s successful), I’ll do a how-to.

Fall Mantle | Sew You Think You Can Cook

I found my decorations at Michael’s. The bird painting is one that I did at The Emerald Cork, a BYOB painting studio. Disclaimer: I have not been paid or sponsored by Michael’s or The Emerald Cork.