I would like to thank the Dollar Tree for two things.
1. Having an abundant supply of plastic toys for me to spray paint.
2. Having cheap pumpkins that make fabulous place card holders.
I know, I said I wasn’t doing any more fall crafts, but really how can I turn down $1 pumpkins that can be made into fabulous pumpkin place card holders?
I thought you’d agree.
They are also really for my Thanksgiving tablescape coming up tomorrow, so that doesn’t really qualify as a fall craft…
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I really really really wanted to paint these green.
But, I had just done the green pumpkins for my other fall decor and I did want these to look a bit harvest-y. So, I opted for a deep red. I also made some “aged” pumpkins for the centerpiece that I’ll show you too.
Easy DIY Pumpkin Place Card Holders
Materials & Supplies:
- Dollar Tree Pumpkins
- Velvet Finishes Paint in Rococo, Vivid, Luxurious, and Soulful.
- Velvet Finishes Enhance Dark Glaze
- Paint Brushes
- Mod Podge
- Gold Glitter
- Old Lint Free Rag
Materials & Supplies for the actual Place Cards:
- Silhouette cutouts (I made mine on my Silhouette Cutting Machine, but you could probably find some at a craft store, Etsy or just print some and then cut them out.)
- Metallic Gold Paint Pen
- Craft Feathers
- String or twine
To get the deep red that I used on the pumpkins, I mixed together Vivid & Luxurious.
I started with three parts vivid and one part luxurious. I found this recipe on Velvet Finishes website under their Paint Recipes. There are a slew of color recipes there. I had no idea you could get so many gorgeous colors by mixing paint. Easy peasy. After I mixed up my concoction, I wanted a bit more red, so I added just a large dollop of red to the mix and mixed again.
Then, I painted it on the pumpkins with a plain old non-fancy chip brush.
I did two coats on each pumpkin.
After it dried, I applied Mod Podge to the stem and then the gold glitter.
To make the name cards, I just used the same method I did on my DIY Silhouette Gift Tags last Christmas. I cut out the actual tag and silhouette on my Silhouette Cutting Machine and then glued down the silhouette to the tag. With these, I ran some Mod Podge along the edges and then poured glitter on top. I wrote the name with a gold Sharpie paint pen.
To attach the feather and card together, simply tie a few feathers together, and then tie them onto the place card. I just put a piece of tape on the back of the card to attach it to the pumpkin.
I also made these super cute little pumpkins as part of the centerpiece you’ll see tomorrow.
To make these, first paint your pumpkins with Soulful.
I did two coats. After its dried, come back and dry brush on Rococo.
You don’t want to have hardly any paint on your brush. Dip it in the paint, dab most of it off, then just do quick swipes up and down the pumpkin.
After that dried, I did a very light coat of the Enhance Dark Glaze.
As soon as I painted on a few swipes, I came back with my rag and wiped it off.
If you have been around here long enough, you know I typically suck at glazes. This one is so much easier to use than any I’ve tried before. I used it on my IKEA Tarva Drink Bar and was honestly scared I would ruin the whole thing with the glaze, but I didn’t! It looked fab!
Instead of using these “aged pumpkins” as place card holders, I wrote Give Thanks on them.
More easy fall crafts:
DIY Ampersand Pumpkin – fall decor, but with a chic twist.
Fall Mums Watercolor Printables – free printable art in five different styles.
7 Simple and Frugal Fall Crafts and Decorating Ideas – easy on the wallet, high on style.
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