Monday, October 7, 2013

Crafting: DIY Comic Covered Mod Podge Pumpkins #TYP Contest

Summer is over, fall is here, and for me, the season of crafting has begun! From Halloween to Easter my mind is constantly spinning with new craft ideas. I got started early this year with the Grandparent's Day project I did with Olivia.  A week later, I created my own set of dessert plates and mugs. This past weekend the crafting continued around here, and I made some really cute comic covered pumpkins.


While we always try to make at least one traditional carved pumpkin for Halloween, the real fun for me, comes with craft pumpkins. I like to try something new every year and this year I was inspired by the idea of using comics from the Sunday paper. This project took minimal supplies and was fairly easy to complete, even with a highly energetic 16 month old running around. Here is what you'll need.


I found that the process went more quickly when I pre-cut the comics ahead of time and had a bunch ready to go before I started gluing them onto the pumpkin.


I began at the top, and tried to get the first layer of comics placed as close to the base of the pumpkin stem as possible.


Then I worked my way down, overlapping the comics so they covered the entire pumpkin. Basically you apply a thin layer of Mod Podge directly on the pumpkin, lay down the comic strip, and then apply another layer of Mod Podge over the strip. I used my paint brush to smooth out as many bumps as I could. 


I recommend letting the Mod Podge dry in between applying layers. I found that if I didn't let it dry a little, the paper would get too soggy and start to fall apart. 


Other than that, the process is quick and simple. And I must say, these little pumpkins look adorable on the bookshelf in Olivia's playroom! They are bright, colorful and they add a playful Halloween spirit to the room.


Honestly, the most difficult part of this project was finding the newspaper to work with. Do you know I had to try three different stores until I found one that sold a newspaper? What happened to the days when you could find a newspaper stand right outside the grocery store, pop in a quarter and be on your way?


I guess the days of traditional newspapers really are coming to an end and it's crazy to think how one day, these little comic covered pumpkins will actually be considered a vintage craft project.


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10 comments:

  1. Oh I love this idea. Perfect for a childs room or display. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me party that is ongoing - -http://www.astrollthrulife.net/2013/10/185th-inspire-me-tuesday.html. Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

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  2. What a fun idea. A very unique pumpkin decoration.Kids should love this.

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  3. Glad I found you, your blog looks like it is just my kind of fun!

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  4. This is so adorable! I love seeing new ideas for pumpkins. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Amy @ http://www.delineateyourdwelling.com

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  5. Love, love, love! I just showed my son the pics and he thinks we should definitely give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. It would look even better if it was lit up from the inside!

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