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Book-Inspired Pumpkin

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img_3114I won’t bore you with the how-to on this one — it’s a simple rip, rip, rip, glue, glue, glue.  But I do have some things I’ve learned in my attempt that may help you turn your own crappy pumpkin into better-than-crapsmanship.

  1. It helped to keep the torn book pieces fairly small — no bigger than 2″ x 2″.  But please don’t measure — that’s against the bylaws of the Crapsmanship Club!
  2. Plan to get sticky.  My hands were a mess with ModPodge.  Have a couple wet paper towels handy for an occasional quick clean-up.
  3. My hands were a mess because I had to press the the wet-with-glue paper onto the pumpkin to get it to conform to the shape of the pumpkin. You want to make sure the seams of the pumpkins show.
  4. I wish I had ripped off the page margins beforehand.  I prefer more text on my pumpkin and less white space.
  5. I used a very diluted brown watercolor to “age” the pumpkin. I’m not sure I like it.

This project was easy, and I like the pumpkin sitting amid books on my living room shelves. You may want to consider other things to ModPodge onto a cheap pumpkin (I have a friend who used map pages to good effect) such as wrapping paper, catalogs, or old letters. Have fun!

 

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Three-Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies

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We visited the grandkids a week or so ago, and Princess M and I made the world’s easiest cookies.  You may remember the two-ingredient muffins I blogged about last year.  (See https://wordpress.com/post/crapsmanship.com/297.)  Just pumpkin puree and spice cake mix.  We riffed on that idea, again using one can of pumpkin puree and one spice cake mix. Read the rest of this entry

Crapsmanship Rules #2 and #3

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My daughter-in-law was at one time obsessed with Dunkin’ Donuts, and her almost-six-year-old daughter, my granddaughter Princess M, loves their strawberry-glazed donuts.  With sprinkles.  She first eats the sprinkles and then licks off all the icing.  The actual donut part is completely superfluous to Princess M’s enjoyment of the treat.  When I saw a picture of a small craft pumpkin DIY-ed into a strawberry doughnut at http://thediyplaybook.com/2015/09/diy-donut-pumpkin.html, I knew I had to give it a try as a gift to the Princess for her birthday next week. Read the rest of this entry

MORE PUMPKIN CRAP … ER, CRAFT

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Several weeks ago, I posted a craft where I glammed up a faux pumpkin so it would lose some of its orange-y brightness.  Today, I bought another pumpkin, antiqued it with brown craft paint, and then got the inspiration for this monogram.  I already had the these pearlized pins on hand from another project.  I purchased these in the sewing section of Wal-Mart, and they remind me of my mom and her sewing attempts.  I’m afraid I come by my craftsmanship honestly!

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