I l.o.v.e topiaries! All kinds of topiaries! So, I have a habit of making them for all occasions and Thanksgiving is no different. I love the little Jack Be Nimble Pumpkins you find in your local grocery store and every year I have to fight the urge to buy tons of them for decorating. The problem is....what do you do with them after Thanksgiving? This year I refrained and only bought a few and since the Thanksgiving season is coming to an end in just a few days, I needed to do something with my pumpkins instead of having them piled in a bowl on my table. I decided on topiaries! They are very easy to make and after the holidays I don't feel quite so guilty throwing them away since I had already poked holes in them. Here are a few easy steps:
Supplies you will need:
You will need a miniature pumpkin, 1/4 inch wooden dowel, and a container. You will also need a little oasis or styrofoam for the pot, some Spanish moss as a filler and a piece of ribbon or raffia for the bow. You can use any kind of container...I chose a little terracotta flower pot that I am going to paint using a crackle finish. I love the effect of crackle and it's so easy to do. You will need 2 colors of acrylic paint, crackle medium (you can get this at AC Moore or Michael's) and a paint brush.
First paint your bottom coat of paint. This will be the color that shows through on the crackle. Let it dry.
Next, paint a layer of your second color using short strokes. Paint only one coat and don't go back over where you've already painted. As you start painting you will notice it crackling. Isn't it cool!! I love this stuff. When your pot has completely dried spray it lightly with a clear acrylic sealer. Now sharpen one end of your dowel rod and insert it up into the little pumpkin. Fill your container with oasis and then stick the dowel into the pot, use some Spanish moss as a filler and finish off with a pretty bow!
I hope ya'll are all enjoying the preparations for turkey day on Thursday. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year and I can't wait for my Georgia family to arrive and the festivities to begin! And, believe it or not, I've been listening to Christmas music for a few weeks now and have already changed out all the CD's in my car to my favorite Christmas tunes. I've been enjoying everything from Mannheim's Steamroller, to Martina MacBride and James Taylor and some nice Christmas piano tunes! I love this season and hope you all are enjoying it too! Until later . . .