DIY on a Dime: Tobacco Leaf and Leopard Pumpkins

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DIY on a Dime: Glam Tobacco Leaf and Leopard Pumpkins

Quick and Easy Dollar Store Decor

Hi loves! I hope you all enjoyed last week’s DIY on a Dime Fall Wreath. If you’ve been following along, you know that i recently installed some wainscoting in my dining room this summer. So, I’ve been working on a few projects in an effort to get it ready for the holiday season. You all know how much I love my pink and navy, and color overall. Every Fall, I struggle with incorporating decor that I really like, that doesn’t clash with my main color scheme. I’ve seen a few bloggers do some chinoiserie pumpkins and thought that was cute, but I need a little more glam. Soooooo…..I opted for some tobacco leaf and leopard!!! I’m so happy with how they came out! I jazzed them up with some gold stems and pheasant feathers and I think they’re going to look amazing once I do my actual tablescape.

Here’s a little info on the tobacco leaf print…

Mottahedeh Tobacco Leaf Dinnerware Collection  Image:  Williams Sonoma

Mottahedeh Tobacco Leaf Dinnerware Collection

Image: Williams Sonoma

The tobacco leaf print is likely from the 18th Century, during the Qianlong period of the Qing dynasty. According to a 1989 article by the New York Times, the tobacco leaf china was created for export to Portuguese and Brazilian markets. I love the bright and rich colors fo the china, showing a phoenix resting on a tobacco leaf of a nicotiana flower. Although now replicas of the Chinese porcelain plates, replicas by Mottahedeh Fine Dinnerware will set you back an easy $600. As you can imagine, finding a tobacco leaf pumpkin is nearly impossible or too costly. Here’s a Tobacco leaf pumpkin for almost $150!

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Then, there’s leopard print. I LOVE leopard print. Leopard print has become so popular, particular in home design and textiles, that it’s viewed as a neutral. The same goes for fashion. You can wear leopard print shoes, or a coat with any color and you’ll look great. I wanted to make some mini leopard print pumpkins to go with the tobacco leaf and mellow the table out, so it won’t be too much color, if that’s possible. Keep in mind, that whatever design you choose will be sitting on the table with the rest of your tablescape. Also, I couldn’t find any cute leopard print pumpkins anywhere. So, that’s when you just make your own!

Time: 1 Hour | Cost: Under $25.00

What You’ll Need:

This project is very simple and can be completed with your babes as n arts and crafts project!

 
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Step One: Paint Stems and Pumpkins

The pumpkins I picked up at the dollar store were a very bright orange. So, I decided to use some leftover white spray paint that I had from a previous project. I put them in the sun and allowed them to air dry for approximately 1 - 2 hours, before getting started.

Next, remove the stems from the pumpkins. These foam pumpkins from the dollar store hold the stem in place with a toothpick, so very easy to remove and place back on. The smaller plastic pumpkin had plug for stem. Then, I spray painted the pumpkin stems a metallic gold.

 

Step Two: Cover with Mod Podge

Next, I completely covered the entire pumpkins with Mod Podge. You should only do one pumpkin at a time. Using the smaller foam brush, generously put the paste all over the pumpkin.

 

Step Three: Cover with Napkin

Then, using the larger or medium sized foam brush, you’ll place the center of your napkin at the center of the pumpkin. Using the brush, press down gently and have napkin cover the entire pumpkin. As an option, you can use your scissors and cut excess paper.

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I then put a quarter size drop of Mod Podge at the center of the pumpkin where the stem should be. I glued four pheasant feathers at the center, and then reinserted the stem.

 

Step Four: Allow to Dry

Now, let your pumpkins dry for a couple of hours before you set them out on your festive holiday table. Let me know if you end up doing this easy project!

 
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DIY on a Dime: Pink and Navy Fall Wreath for Less

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DIY on a Dime: Fall Wreath for Less

Your $200 Fall Wreath for Under $40

Happy Fall! For those of you who have been following, you know that my the main floor of my home is loaded down in grey, navy, and pink. Every holiday season, I’m ready to whip out the Fall and Winter decor, but traditional colors, like red, orange and yellow clash with my decor. Not only that, but I’m obsessed with so many talented artisans on Etsy, who have great seasonal decor; BUT, they are way out of my price range. Your average autumn wreath will set you back an easy $200.00 or more. I can think of a million other things I can easily spend that much money on, and a wreath just isn’t it. Naturally, I thought, I can definitely make some of these myself, for much less.

Sure enough, I stopped by Michael’s and picked up these products, and was able to make my wreath in about an hour (and under $40 thanks to their ongoing sales and coupons).

What You’ll Need:

  • wreath

  • navy gingham ribbon

  • pink solid ribbon

  • magenta velvet pumpkins

  • navy pom poms

  • faux berries

  • magenta hydrangea

  • navy peony

  • twine

 
 

Step One: Cut Branches from Berry Bushes

Your faux berry bush comes as one large wired stem, with several branches. Cut the branches from the main plastic stem, separating them individually.

 

Step Two: Begin forming your Bundle

After cutting each branch from the plastic stem, begin arranging your florals. I started with one magenta and one blue berry stem each, then adding the navy pom poms. Continue adding to your bundle. You will need three bundles of your cut stems.

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Step Three: Place Bundles on Wreath

Once you bundle your branches, apply them to the desired place on the wreath. I placed my first bundle at the top part of the wreath, with the florals facing to the right. Next, I attached the branches to the wreath with twine.

 
 

Step Four: Ensure All Bundles are Fastened

After fastening one bundle of branches to the top of the wreath, I attached two bundles to the left side of the wreath, like below.

 

Step Five: Add Ribbons

Take the larger ribbon (solid pink) and tie a bow over the twine, in both places.

 

Step Six: Add Large Florals

Cut the head of the flower from the long stem, leaving about 0.25 - 0.5 an inch of stem. Next, place stem in between vines of the wreath, so it holds in place.

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Go ahead and hang it up (and get to decorating that front porch!).

 
 
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