This post is sponsored by Plaid Crafts and Martha Stewart Craft Decoupage. All opinions are my own.
Hello Hello! Our house is just about ready for Halloween! My cute J is a Halloween FREAK! He loves to go around the neighborhood looking at Halloween decorations, and he spends lots of time pouring over the Halloween costumes in catalogs. I can’t make it through the store without stopping on the Halloween aisle! So when I received a box of Martha Stewart Decoupage supplies (including some spooky spider decoupage paper!), I knew I wanted to make a Halloween decoration that he would love to look at.
I had some extra wood blocks from a previous project, which is perfect because the decoupage formulas and finishes can be used on any surface like wood, glass, fabric, paper, and metal to create a lustrous finish. Even better? All decoupage formulas are dishwasher safe, machine washable, non-yellowing, dry hard with no tack, and can be used indoors or out! Whoohoo!:)
So let’s make some Spooky Pumpkin Blocks in honor of my cute little J!
Here’s what I used:
*3 wooden blocks (I had these wood scraps cut down at the home improvement store. Check out their FREE section and don’t be afraid to ask them to cut down their scrap wood for you!)
*Martha Stewart Decoupage in Matte Finish and Glitter Finish
*Martha Stewart Halloween Decoupage Paper
*Martha Stewart Craft Paint in Beetle Black, Light Gold, and Pure Platinum
*Martha Stewart Decoupage Brushes
*Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Begin by painting each block the color of its coordinating paper: Black for black spiderwebs, gold for gold spiderwebs, etc. Let the blocks dry.
Next, cut the decoupage paper the size of the wood blocks. I cut as much as I would to wrap a present, then trimmed the excess off the ends.
Using the larger brush, apply the Matte Finish to the wood. Wrap the paper around the wood, and seal the edges with more decoupage. Cut a smaller piece of paper the size of the top of your wooden block and decoupage this piece as well. (I didn’t worry about the bottom…no one’s gonna see it!) Make sure you allow each coat to dry for an hour or so before applying the next one.
Here’s what I love about this particular decoupage paper. There were times that I messed up a bit (shocker, I know). I had to adjust my paper, and each time I worried that the paper would rip or tear. It is as light as tissue paper, but this stuff is strong! No rips, no tears. No throwing everything away in the garbage and needing to start over. My kind of paper for sure!
Once the blocks are dry, apply two coats of the Glitter Finish. Again, make sure you allow each coat to dry for an hour or so. I love the extra sparkle the glitter gives the pumpkin!
K, now for the corks…our pumpkin stems. First, at tip: Don’t have wine corks at your house? No worries. I didn’t, so I went to my local grocery store and asked someone in the wine department if they had extras. Our store is always serving wine samples, so they had corks to spare. Don’t be afraid to ask!! You could also ask a nearby restaurant as well.
Paint each cork the color of each block. I saturated the paint of one cork but left another one a little lighter because I liked the look.
Next comes the little curlies on a pumpkin. Wrap green floral wire around a pencil to make these cute curlies. I spray painted them silver to match the look of my pumpkins. Once they are dry, push the end of the wire into the bottom of the cork.
Last step!! Apply hot glue to the cork, and glue it to the top of the pumpkin.
And that’s it! A modern take on the traditional Halloween pumpkin. I love the extra sparkles from the glitter and metallic paints. My boys are big fans of spiders, so they love the fun paper.
All of these Martha Stewart products are available at Michael’s, so go grab some spooky fun decoupage paper and get your craft on!