DIY Acorn, Tassel Gnome, a Pumpkin, and Preserved Leaves in a Wooden Bowl

A little Fall inspiration today.

*Saw an idea this morning on YouTube from Liz Fenwick DIY https://youtube.com/channel/UCntvPlLI7oY_xap7_piH5UA for making an acorn. I used a wooden egg, drop cloth, and jute rope from DT. It worked perfectly.

*I just had to make a tassel gnome. I am loving making these. So much fun and each one has a personality. I believe his name might be Woodsy. Here’s the link to the tutorial I used: https://justthatperfectpiece.com/easy-gnome-christmas-ornament-diy/

*Then I painted a little pumpkin so I would have an odd number of items in the bowl.

Loving the neutral look this year…..

A DIY Fall Vignette

Today’s early morning project: I went shopping in my basement, then started creating.

You won’t believe it but this sweet little ceramic vase with the silicone base started out in life as some kind of egg cooker. (I still have the lid to save for another project sometime.) 😳 You never know what you will find thrifting. 😁 I filled it with some fall flowers and a fall pick. So pretty now.

Then I found a little riser I had made but hadn’t used yet. I stained it and I couldn’t believe how perfectly the vase fit the top of the riser.

I also searched the stash of vintage blocks I had and glued these together for a fall decor.

And the final project I actually did last night. This was a little Dollar Tree ceramic blank place card stand. I added these sweet little Dollar Tree woodland transfers. The colors and the woodland animals work well for fall.

Update: A couple more projects I finished today.

All will be in our outside booth tomorrow at the 3rd Saturday Downtown Flea Market somewhere in the area around The Gray Wall. Be sure to stop by!

Crafting for a Downtown Flea Market

I’ve been busy the last few days working on some crafts for our booth at an outside flea market downtown this weekend.

Here’s the latest!

My version of a one line drawing
Just a few crafts and collected items that will be for sale along with this large 3 tiered tray.
Key holder – napkin behind the glass. Easy to change image to suit your mood or season.
Had to make a beaded gnome tasse.
This little shelf sitter photo frame can be easily changed out. This Thankful napkin decoupaged on a thin wood disk can be removed and a photo or other image can then be added.
This lace covered pumpkin and riser.
Decoupaged a sheet from a round notepad. Love these colors!

Sometimes when we go thrifting we come across some unique items. This textured print in a vintage 16×18” resin frame was one I couldn’t pass up. It doesn’t work in my house but I knew I could make it available at a bargain price for someone else.

Beautiful print in this vintage resin frame.

A Stenciled Wood Pumpkin Cut Out

Today’s early morning project: I upcycled a 12” wood cut out pumpkin (the one that is orange and says thankful and blessed). I scraped off the glitter and temoved all the embellishments and used the other side.

First I stained it and let it dry. Then I had a silicone sink mat from Dollar Tree and used it as a stencil and sprayed over it with white spray paint. I chose to spray lightly in some areas to give it a distressed look. Love how it turned out.

I made a little tag from some balsa wood and stained it. I saw an idea on a YouTube video to use a piece of burlap, fray the edges and create letters from raffia. That worked great! Then I glued the burlap to the tag. I used the same raffia to hang it from the stem, gluing the down to keep it place, then created a raffia bow.

The cut out already had holes for hanging, so I braided some jute twine, ran it through the holes and tied with knots in the back.

Another neutral hanging pumpkin completed.

This could easily be a door hanger. I am showing it just simply wired on and sitting in the middle of a 20” grapevine wreath. This would need to be on a covered porch, though, away from the elements.

Loving it on my orange wall in my hallway. I think I might have to keep this one. Lol

Two Fall Pumpkin Projects

Today, I made some primitive pumpkins for my booth in our local antique mall. Primitive is a major theme of this mall. So I like to reflect that theme with some of the projects there.

I didn’t know how to go about that, though, so I searched YouTube for ideas. I found just what I was looking for through a tutorial by Country Charm by Tracy. https://youtu.be/lFnNzm1rEKE

I used a burlap coffee bean bag and painted pieces of it for my pumpkins.

Then I had one more project in me. They are both now in my booth at Half-Crocked Antiques in Bourbon, MO.

This shelf sitter I created is a combination of several things I had in my stash. Love the quote on the Dollar Tree shelf sign. I covered the pumpkin cut out on the left with cork and found a net bag I’d saved. Love the texture created when I covered the cork covered pumpkin cutout. Covered another cutout with a doily and filled the opening in the middle pumpkin box I paint stained with foliage. The little styrofoam pumpkins got just a bit of stamp ink. The color was perfect on the ivory pumpkins.

There’s a reason I keep all this stuff after all. 🙂

Paper Bag Pumpkin

Today, I decided to make a paper bag pumpkin and embellish it with a tassel gnome. Read on to see how I did it.

I used a Dollar Tree Orange pumpkin and cut a hole in the top and bottom. I also used approximately 8 paper bags from Dollar Tree. I quit counting and ended up using parts of the strips I made, but I’m sure it wasn’t over 8 bags.

I peeled the bottom of the bag away from the glue and opened the bag up completely. Sometimes it tore a little but that’s ok.

While the bag was open, I cut each bag into 6 strips. The edges I left together and the others I kept in groups of 2 so for each bag I had 12 strips to use.

I then put two strips together, crumpled them up, and then twisted them.

I was then ready to start gluing them to the pumpkin form. I started off by gluing a strip in one of the grooves and stuffing the ends into the holes and gluing them in. I did a few like that and then started filling in as needed.

I won’t lie. This is pretty time consuming, but hang in there. It is worth it in the end. There might be easier ways to do it, but this just worked well for me. I continued on until all the strips were glued on.

I then made a tassel gnome using Walmart cotton twine for the body and jute twine for the hat and a little wood bead for his nose. I used the tutorial below to make my gnome. I made him a little shorter than the tutorial by cutting off some of the strings on the bottom.

https://justthatperfectpiece.com/easy-gnome-christmas-ornament-diy/

I used this gold decorator hook but it was a bit too shiny, so I painted it a light coat of brown and covered it with cinnamon. I let it dry then sealed it with Mod Podge satin spray sealer.

I added a screw to the hook, put some super glue around the screw and the edge of the hook bottom and pushed it into the pumpkin.

I tied some raffia together and tied my gnome to it, then with another piece of jute, tied all to the hook. I then added a couple of little wood leaves I already had.

I had a small parquet wooden bowl so I turned it upside to display my finished pumpkin. I did not attach the pumpkin to the bottom of the bowl. It can then be used for other things.

And…then….my paper bag pumpkin was complete!

Fall Garland for My Mantel

I’m working on putting my living room back together after a neighbor that’s moving gifted me with a lot of crafting supplies …. but first things first ….I needed a fall garland for my mantel. 🤪

I’ve added pics below of each step I did in making my fall garland.

The light green garland I bought at Hobby Lobby last year. I made off white pom poms and yarn hearts for it and it stays up all the time. Then I add to it each season.

Today I used a length of the thicker jute rope from Dollar Tree and made loops at each end to hang on the end hooks.

I made a tassel gnome (tutorial I used: https://justthatperfectpiece.com/easy-gnome-christmas-ornament-diy/ )and decorated his hat with paper covered wire from Amazon, curling the ends.

I added burlap leaves from Dollar Tree. They have a long wire on the back that loops over the rope. Just squeeze it to keep the leaf in place.

I wired little sprigs of greenery I had with the paper wire to the rope and curled the ends.

The little pumpkins were wired to the rope by wrapping the stem tightly. The little cream berries came in a package from Dollar Tree. I folded the wire on them over the rope like I did with the leaves.

I then hung my fall garland over the light green one. Love the neutral look this year.

Fall is in the Air

I’ve been busy creating Fall decor, both for my booth and for me. 

Lady night, while watching TV, I made my first gnome of the season. I saw this idea of creating a tassel gnome on Pinterest and couldn’t wait to make one. I am so going to make some for my booth. They will make such cute ornaments!

But then, I had to create a pumpkin for him to hang on. My Dollar Tree finally got in some of the bead stickers so I added some to a DT orange styrofoam pumpkin and painted it with my new custom color. It is a 50/50 mix of our Missouri Limestone Paint Company Chalk-style paint “Evening Shade” and our newest color “Soothing Sage.”

I only gave it one coat as I wanted some of the orange poking through. I also dry brushed a tiny bit of “Soothing Sage”. I added a small round doily And look at that stem! Yes, it is a decorative hook.

Here’s the link for the tutorial I used to make the twine gnome ornament.

https://justthatperfectpiece.com/easy-gnome-christmas-ornament-diy/

Here’s a few more of my favorite fall projects I’ve completed this year.

Microfiber Stenciled Coasters

While waiting for my visiting grandson to wake up, I strolled around my basement wondering what I could declutter first. Then I happened upon a package of terry cloth coasters called “Thirsty Coasters”.

I bought several packages of these at one point, thinking I could do something with them sometime. Another time I bought several cool little coaster holders. Same. Lol

Forget decluttering for now. I started wondering if I could stencil a design on them. I had a little boho mandala stencil that fit perfectly and I had lots of chalk-style paint from our brand we produce and sell Missouri Limestone Paint Company, so I chose “Gray Goose”.

They stenciled beautifully. Once they have had a good 30 day cure, our paint will be indestructible no matter how many sweaty glasses or hot coffee cups are set on it as the paint becomes part of the fabric.

This will make an awesome Christmas gift – just thinking ahead. 😂

So, I have done a bit of decluttering, too! Lol

I gathered my supplies and my coffee and was ready to begin.

I like using the makeup sponges I get at Dollar Tree for stenciling and small projects. I off load a little of the paint onto the paper plate so that when I stencil, it doesn’t seep under.

The terry cloth took the stenciling beautifully. I love how they turned out!

They fit perfectly in the coaster holder I had.

What a cool boho look!

Two Early Morning Projects: A Door Hanger and a Paper Feather Plaque

It’s been awhile since I’ve had an early morning project, but today I have two.

I often do early morning projects. If you don’t see them here, you should see them on my Instagram account. https://instagram.com/sharsumpaint

Project 1: Front Door Hanger

I saw a neat idea for making a door hanger using a canvas tote. I didn’t have a canvas one, but I do have an awesome cotton one I bought as a souvenir of Amsterdam when we visited on our Viking Riverboat cruise several years ago. It was just hanging in the basement. Why not use it and be reminded of an awesome time every time I walk in the door. You could use just a plain one, too, or maybe stencil a design on one.

I used white plastic grocery bags to stuff the bag.

I tied a knot in the back handle close to the top of the bag and wrapped it through the hole it created several times until I had a short hanger. Then I tied a looser knot in the front handle and wrapped it through the hole until both loops were the same. I took a pic after the fact, do hopefully, the pic will help you understand my description.

I then decided I might as well start thinking of fall and so used greenery and fall sunflower colors inside. The orange sunflowers really brought out the orange in the bike.

Project #2: Paper Feather Wall Plaque:

I printed feather shapes with a French script (from The Graphics Fairy – https://thegraphicsfairy.com/french-script-paper-feathers/) on black and white printer paper. I cut this one out and used a watered down antique wax on it. I just dabbed the wax on here and there with a sponge. Once dry, I cut fringe slices around.

Interesting note: Once I applied the antiquing wax to the black ink jet text, it turned green. I really like that look, although I didn’t plan it. Lol

I had a white shiny 4×4 tile. I first sprayed it with Mid Podge sealer to help the paint adhere well. I sprayed it with black hammered spray paint. When dry, I applied antiquing wax, let it set awhile, then buffed it. This kept it from being so black and gave a bit of a brown look to it.

I then gave the feather a few light folds and super glued it to the tile, giving it a 3D look.

I finished it off by tying a bit of twine in a knot and then superglued it to the base of the feather. Will add a hanger to the back.

Now to come up with more ideas for paper feathers. I’d love to see projects others have done. Just add photos to the comments here if you have!

Closeup of how the black ink jet script turned green after applying wax.