Today we are sharing several ideas using this same step-by-step tutorial. We've used this tutorial for Halloween, fall and a Christmas project. Check out more samples at the end of the post.
To create this pumpkin project, first gather your supplies. We used the "fall" stamp from our brand new clear stamp set called Happy Harvest. You can purchase it by clicking HERE. We cut leaves out of felt, used papers from Authentique, buttons, brads, Vintage Photo ink, a homemade vintage tag, a circle punch, ribbon and twine.
First cut 10 strips of paper 3/4" x 4". You've probably seen these made using strips that are 1/2" but we liked them a little closer together so we cut these two samples at 3/4". The Christmas ornament at the end of the post was made using 1/2" wide strips so you can decide which you prefer.
Stack your paper strips and then using a hole punch (we decided the Crop-a-dile worked best) punch a hole in both ends. Insert your brads. Now, this paper from Authentique is quite a bit heavier/thicker so we used extra long brads which allowed for the paper to spread apart easier.
Carefully spread apart the strips. Another little secret we found to be helpful was to bend the stack of papers back and forth breaking down the fibers a little bit. This also made them more pliable and easier to shape.
We found that it helped the pumpkin to sit better and not want to tip over (due to the brad on the bottom) by adding a circle to the bottom. We punched a 1-3/8" circle out of the same paper and hot glued it to the bottom of the pumpkin.
See, much better. :) Now you are ready to decorate the top. We tied ribbon, added a button with twine and then hot glued it all to the top of the pumpkin.
Add a little bling to your tag and tie it around the ribbons and there you have it!
The Christmas ornament is done the same way only using the 1/2" strips of paper. Beads and tinsel were used to adorn it!
Two Paper Divas - Melissa & Gayla