Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Autumn Decorating: Cornhusk and Fabric Pumpkins

Craftiments:  Cornhusk and Fabric Decoupaged Pumpkins


Would you believe these were once dollar store foam pumpkins?  Last night while making dinner, I glanced over at the pile of cornhusks in our compost pail and was struck by inspiration.  I laid the husks flat on paper towel to dry overnight, and got to work decorating my pumpkins this morning.


I hot-glued the husks from four ears of corn onto this pumpkin.  I left several extra inches of husk loose at the top, which I then wrapped with hemp twine to create the stem.  I made the curly vines by wrapping pieces of husk around a chopstick and drying them in a warm oven.

Craftiments:  Cornhusk pumpkin

After decoupaging strips of fabric onto this pumpkin, I glued pieces of husk in the grooves.  I made another twine stem, and then added pieces of curled husk, acorns from the back yard, and several dollar store leaves.

Craftiments:  Fabric decoupaged pumpkin
Craftiments:  Cornhusk and Fabric Decoupaged Pumpkins

If you want to try this yourself, here is a tip that I learned the hard way.  You do not want to let the husks get completely dry or they will be too brittle to work with.  But if this happens, all is not lost.  Soak them in a bowl of warm water for a minute or two and they will be soft and pliable once again.

Inspiration can come from the strangest places, even the trash!  How about you?  Were you ever inspired to create by something unusual or unexpected?



36 comments :

  1. I love a girl that can find inspiration even in the trash :). These look GREAT. I love the twine for the stem. Another great transformation.

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  2. Your pumpkins are adorable! I love the idea of using cornhusk! Thanks for sharing the inspiration, Gail

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  3. These are seriously adorable and oh so affordable! I need to try it. Thanks for joining the Countdown to Fall Party!
    ~Kim @ Sand & Sisal

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  4. They look great! Nice job on recycling garbage, turned out perfect.
    Debbie :)

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  5. These are awesome! Can't wait to try my own version of these. It's worth the effort to try out "real" corn instead of my frozen version :)) Will dig thru my fabric scraps tonight and head to the dollar store for some punkins. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. These are so awesome, lady! I am so happy to feature these beauties in my Fall Fab collection. Thanks for being inspirational, super creative, and such a dear!

    -Amberly!

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  7. Fantastic idea! I love when that moment of inspiration hits. Especially when it's recycling something in an unexpected way. Bravo!

    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

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  8. I just love your adorable pumpkins!! So creative. I just pinned them and came to visit from Pinterest Monday. I saw where you had pinned my pumpkin arrangement! :) Your newest follower. I am loving your great blog. HUGS

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  9. Well, this is something different. My sister and I are having a PUMPKIN PARTY over at our blog and we'd love to have you come over and link these unusually decorated pumpkins. Hope to see you. Following, too. Linda

    http://twosucculentsisters.blogspot.com/2012/09/thirty-days-of-pumpkins.html

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  10. I love your pumpkins. They are so adorable I just had to feature them!

    Holly

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  11. I love these! Super happy I found your blog cause I cant wait to make some! I've got a few pumpkins in mind but never found a good top! Your tops will work perfect!
    ~Me 14sixty.blogspot.com
    Feel free to follow back!

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  12. I'm so glad that I found you on Mop It Up Monday! These are awesome, and I love the corn husk pumpkin. Thanks for the inspiration:)

    Katie
    www.funhomethings.com

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  13. Your pumpkins are so adorable...would love it it if you come by One More Time and link up http://www.onemoretimeevents.com/2012/09/one-more-time-link-party-and-features.html

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  14. Stopping over from your feature to pin your cornhusk pumpkin. Way clever and cute.

    ~Bliss~

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  15. So happy you linked this up yesterday!! I'm featuring you today on The Tuesday Ten! Would love for you to stop by if you get a chance! http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/09/the-tuesday-ten-with-lowes-card-give.html

    {HUGS},
    kristi

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  16. Thank you so much for linking up your adorable pumpkins...
    Tammy
    www.onemoretimeevents.blogspot.com

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  17. Featuring your adorable pumpkins on this weeks All Star Block Party!

    http://www.nutmegplace.com/2012/09/all-star-block-party-17.html

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  18. So glad I found your blog. That corn husk pumpkin is so unusual and attractive.

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  19. Super cute! Thanks for linking up at DIY Thrifty Thursday! You've been featured! Drop by and grab an "I was featured" button....Hope to see you again this week!
    Michelle @ www.thrifty101.blogspot.com

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  20. Adorable and so creative! thanks so much for sharing on Craft schooling Sunday!

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  21. Love this, it is all so gorgeous!! Great job. Love the colors too.

    Cynthia

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  22. Oh wow these look so beautiful! Love the patterns and colors and the little embellishments, very cute!

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  23. These were so great I just had to feature em! Go check it out at I freakin did it Friday @ Miss Information

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  24. Hi Kristin, Just stopping by to say thank you for linking up and let you know you have been featured at One More Time... This weeks party is up hope you come and join the party again! http://www.onemoretimeevents.com/2012/09/share-it-one-more-time-linky-party-and.html
    and while you are there pick up your Featured Button.

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  25. I love the textures in these, Kristin!

    I featured this on my blog today:
    http://christinasadventures.com/2012/09/sunday-features-92.html

    And I pinned it too:
    http://pinterest.com/christinasadven/20-below-features/

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  26. Hello!

    I wanted to let you know that this post has been included in a collection on my blog. I am an Event Designer, and I put together a weekly post as part of my series, “The Sparkle Queen Events”.

    This is a link to the direct post:
    http://sparklysharpandfabulous.blogspot.com/2012/11/pumpkin-decorating-party.html

    Links to your site have been included in the post for my viewers to find easier! This event will be shared and showcased not only on my blog, but also on my social media accounts such as Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, etc.. , I’d love to connect pages via social media, so I can showcase your item and share it better with my followers.

    I hope you get a chance to see the post!

    <3 The Sparkle Queen from sparklysharpandfabulous.blogspot.com

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