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.