Chalk Paint Pumpkins with Fabric Leaves

Last year I pinned this image of a beautiful fall mantel. It did not have the usual fall colors but rather light green pumpkins , a green wreath and just a touch of white. There was something so clean and yet so soothing about it. I thought that this year I wanted to bring in a similar color scheme to my early fall mantel. I had some pumpkins that I had purchased about 7 years ago that needed a little makeover.

Chalk Paint Pumpkins with Fabric Leaves
They were a yellowish-white color and had accumulated their fair share of scuffs and dents over the years. The first thing I did was to paint them a bright white using some Americana chalk paint. I started off using a regular sponge brush but ended up buying a spouncer brush (bought mine from Walmart for $3) which I liked much better.

Chalk Paint Pumpkins with Fabric Leaves
To make the leaf, I used the leaf from the 3d pumpkin paper basket by Lori Whitlock. I wanted to make the stem of the leaf longer so that I could wrap it around my pumpkin stem. To do so I made a small rectangle and a small circle and positioned them by the original leaf circle stem thing. I wanted to have a circle at the end so that I could have a good spot to put my hot glue. I welded the leaf, rectangle and circle together. I double clicked the shape so that I could edit the points. I went through and deleted the points that were out of place. I then cut the shape out of fabric that I had ironed onto a piece of Silhouette brand clean cut interfacing. I wrapped each fabric leaf around the pumpkin stems and hot glued the little circle on the end of the leaf stem onto the back of each leaf.

Chalk Paint Pumpkins with Fabric LeavesI thought it would be neat if I was able to take the fabric leaf off of the pumpkins and put on a new color if I wanted to later on. I love the look of all the pumpkins lined up on my mantel!Chalk Paint Pumpkins with Fabric Leaves

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Chalk Paint Pumpkins with Fabric Leaves

Chalk Paint Pumpkins with Fabric Leaves