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.
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.
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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