How Decoupage a Quilt Block Pumpkin
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It’s always fun to create projects with stuff that you already have.
You know that stuff that you found at the thrift store or garage sale.
That stuff that you had to buy because it was a great deal and you just knew that someday you’d need it for something.
I have a lot of stuff like that. How about you?
Well today I’m using some of that great stuff to create a cute pumpkin project, just in the nick of time for Halloween.
But pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween decor. They’re for Thanksgiving and for fall too.
A while back I thrifted these three bags of quilt blocks.
I couldn’t believe my luck.
I’ve got to admit that there’s pretty much no chance of me sitting down and cutting all those fabric blocks.
From paper, maybe yes,
But fabric, absolutely no.
But to find them in pre-cut condition. That was just way too good to pass up.
So like any thrifter worth her thrifting metal, I snapped them up…and today some of them are being given a brand new life as a pumpkin.
I decided to use the small 2 inch quilt blocks for this pumpkin project.
I found the wooden pumpkin shape at the dollar store. It’s about 12 inches across and is made from a very light wood.
There were so many colors and patterns to choose from in this lot.
I concentrated on pulling blocks with pinks, reds, oranges, yellows, and light browns.
Arranging Quilt Blocks on wooden pumpkin shape
Once I had all my quilt blocks chosen I did a random pattern on the wooden pumpkin as a dry fit in a way that I liked.
Then I put them aside in that same pattern so they were easy to put in place.
Supplies needed for this Quilt Block Pumpkin
- fabric quilt blocks
- DecoArt Fabric Decoupage Medium
- craft brush
- xacto knife (not in pic above)
- wooden pumpkin wall plaque
Gluing Quilt Blocks onto wooden pumpkin shape
I found the center of my pumpkin and applied the decoupage medium onto the wooden pumpkin and the underside of the fabric square.
Once I had my center it was easy to add the rest of squares, smoothing the blocks down with my fingers as I went.
If I felt like changing the pattern of the squares along the way I did.
A pattern dry fit is always a good place to start, but that never means you can’t change things up as you go.
This is really a do it in a way that you like kind of project.
When all the blocks were in place I applied one coat of the decoupage medium right away, making sure all the blocks were down securely.
In all I applied three coats to my quilt block pumpkin letting it dry for a good hour in between.
Once it was all dry I trimmed off the excess fabric with an xacto knife.
It’s important to use a super sharp blade. A dull blade will pull on the fabric as you go.
To finish off my quilt block pumpkin I added some jute rope all along the edge with my glue gun.
Jute is one of my favorite things to work with because in my opinion it goes with every decor style.
And here’s my finished quilt block pumpkin in kind of traditional fall colors and patterns.
Around the stem I added a simple jute twine bow with a small faux pine cone glued in the middle.
I made the bow easily removable, and check out the next pic to see why.
Because I did the other side of my pumpkin as well.
This time with fun and funky colors that are actually much more me, and just for fun I wanted to try a diagonal pattern.
I made the bow neutral on purpose so it matches both sides of the pumpkin. All I have to do is slip the bow off and move it to the other side.
So now I have a traditional pumpkin for the fall season, and the other pumpkin for any time of the year.
This is a really easy way to create a one of a kind fall decor piece, and it could easily be made with fun papers instead of fabric.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…