Good morning everyone. Today I am joining a group of very talented bloggers in
A Dose of DIY Blog Hop
This is my first time to participate but we will be bringing you a different DIY project relating to a special theme each month. This month's theme is a Fall Centerpiece/Fall Decor. I can't wait for you to see all the wonderful projects that have been put together by these amazing ladies.
My inspiration came from a couple of ceramic pumpkins I found at Good Will one day.
They're not very exciting in their original state but I knew some paint would transform them nicely. So I began by sanding them first to take off the sheen and try to give the surface a bit of tooth to accept the paint. I didn't take pictures of the painting process but I painted both pumpkins with Valspar's Journal Book - a blue that I use on a lot of my projects. I buy it in the sample jars. I painted the leaves with white craft paint and then wrapped the stems with twine. Here's the results of this quick little makeover. What a difference it made.
When I had finished all the painting I used a little metallic rub on paint in silver to go over the edges of the leaves and on each pumpkins body to give it more interesting texture and highlights.
As for the centerpiece - I started with a vintage crochet doily my Mother made when I was a child. I placed some foliage from my yard on top of the doily and then placed the pumpkins on top of the foliage. I then placed some twine wrapped pears I did around the pumpkins. I had two mercury glass lanterns I bought at Marshall's last year that I placed near the pumpkins. I think this makes the whole centerpiece look elegantly rustic with a vintage touch.
This is a view from the top so you can see the placement of all the items I used.
I love the blue on the pumpkins - it makes them resemble the heirloom pumpkins that are so trendy right now. Even though I use the bright rustic colors of Fall for most of my decorating I love the way this blue turned out. Our dining room just recently received underwent a transformation which I will share with you at a later date. I am working my blues into the decor so this centerpiece is perfect in here.
What do you use for Fall? The basic rustic reds, oranges and yellows or do you think outside the box and use less original colors like this?
Be sure and watch for next month's blog hop when the theme is: A Thanksgiving Recipe. This should be a great one can't wait to see all those yummy recipes!
Be sure and visit all the links below - you don't want to miss out on the great projects found there.
Thanks for stopping by and until next time enjoy creating something you love.
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