Thursday, August 26, 2010

Paint Sample Pumpkins

Here we go again! Its round 4 of the Iron Crafter and this time the secret ingredient was paint samples. I had to get in on it since I'm all about crafting for much cheaper can free paint chips get???

I have been in the mood for fall. The weather here in Idaho has been rather cool the past few days and the brisk-ness plus being back on the University campus gave me the idea to get a head start on fall decor sooo, I give you:
The Paint Sample Pumpkins
To make this craft you will need some 4 chip paint samples [the longer the better.]
Ribbon {not pictured}

And some brads. Which might I add a ridiculously hard to find around these parts! So yes, your vision is correct...I bought brads that look like volleyballs! It was the largest I could find and I figured it doesnt really matter since they wont be visible on the finished product.

The next step is pretty simple. Poke the brad through the bottom of the paint samples.
I did 7 chips on the small pumpkin and 11 on the large one.
Open the brad so they dont all fall off!!!
It should look something like this:

Now do the same thing through the tops of the samples and open the brad when all are attached. It make a little ball that resembles a pumpkin. (I will admit I wasnt sure my idea was going to work but, when my 2 year old agreed that I indeed had made a pumpkin I knew I was on the right path. 2 year olds never lie:)

Using some green ribbon I knotted it and cut frays to make it have a stem and then, I too saw a cute lil pumpkin that will sit on my bookcase this fall.

For the larger pumpkin I used brown paint chips to make raffia and knotted and hot glued them to the top of the pumpkin.

I wish my camera was better, this is about the best shot I could get! Crafting possibilities are endless!!!
Enjoy making your own fall decor and go vote for me at fireflies and jellybeans!


  1. So cute and inexpensive. They turned out so much cuter than I imagined.

  2. what a clever way to use paint chips! I love it!
    Every time I see them..I wonder what I could do with them - now I know. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  3. What a great idea! I would have never thought of that!

  4. Wow - that is really cute! I love that!


  5. I justed wanted to let you know that you made the Top Ten on the Iron Crafter!

    Check it out here:

    Good Luck!!

  6. Very cute idea! I too am getting in the mood to decorate for fall. You can never have too many pumpkins

  7. This is so cute! I am definitely bookmarking this! Love it.

  8. What a very cool, unique, original idea! I love these! I am featuring them at Grab my "featured" butotn.

  9. This was so cute, I had to feature it on my blog! I hope you can stop by and grab a featured button! Have a wonderful night.

  10. I loved these so much, I featured your pumpkins on my blog today:

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. I gave you an award at my blog


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