When Jess suggested that I republish my tutorial on creating a monogram pumpkin with nailheads, I was all too happy to oblige. I love simple projects and this is one of the simplest. I purchased my nails online but since this post first published I found that they are available at Hancock Fabrics in several finishes for about $1.29 per box, more than enough to finish several pumpkins. To save money, after Thanksgiving I removed the nails so that I could use them again for this year's pumpkins.
Image from myhomeideas.com
When it comes to seasonal decorating, do you have any little traditions that you refuse to break? For me, I can't break the tradition of going to the pumpkin farm the first weekend of October to choose my front porch decor and maybe a little something for the interior of my home too.
In keeping with tradition, yesterday we went to Gust Brother's Pumpkin Farm to choose the pumpkins that would grace our front porch until Thanksgiving. Besides the traditional orange pumpkins, I also wanted to pick up a few white ones for a project I saw here and just loved, embellishing a pumpkins with decorative nails.
I am crazy about nailhead trim on just about anything. If you are a regular here, you know that I also love initials and monograms. Why not combine the two!
I started by printing a letter "E" and taping it to my pumpkin.
Next, I took a pen and traced the outline of the letter just hard enough that a faint line would be left on the exterior of the pumpkin.
To finish, I pressed the nails into the pumpkin following the line that I had traced. In minutes I was done. (I don't call this blog "Strictly Simple Style" for nothing!) No carving necessary.
My pumpkin is currently the star of my dining room buffet. I am working on a runner to add another layer.
The possibilities are endless. Here are a few ideas I came up with:
-Spell out a word, one letter per pumpkin
-Create a spiral pattern around a pumpkin
-Write out your address on a series of pumpkins
-Buy a Funkin (a faux pumpkin) and craft a creation that you can bring out year after year.
-Embellish your pumpkin with a fleur-di-lis or another type of symbol you like.
Any other ideas?
I'm linking up to the Fall Festival at The DIY Show Off. Stop by for a little inspiration!