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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fun Fall Craft~ A Pumpkin Diorama

I love working in miniatures. Most recently I created a fall scene nestled inside a funkin (faux punkin).

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You can find miniatures at most craft stores. It also helps to improvise.

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Since we had never attempted this project before, Mr. D├ęcor and I thought it was best to begin on something less expensive than the nice faux pumpkin I had purchased at Michaels. (Even at 50% off it was $8.) I found some craft pumpkins at the dollar store that were perfect. An exacto knife and a bit of patience were all that was needed.

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Afterwards I spray painted the dollar store pumpkins. You can see that they have a very thick wall and a center seam that could not be concealed. The bottom line? In regards to faux pumpkins the old adage “You get what you pay for” holds true.

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I tried to hide the styrofoam center with a layer of glitter. (You could also try mod podge and paper.) A bit of moss, a wee wagon and a pesky crow completes the scene.

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The other pumpkin holds a  few dyed bottle brush trees and deer creating a fall frolic.

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You can see that the pricier pumpkin has thinner walls and is seamless. This harvest scene features a scarecrow, bale of hay and a few more pumpkin and birds. 

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I grouped them together on a silver tray lined with natural colored paper shred near the front entry. All of our visitors have loved them.

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What have you been creating?


This project was featured on POPSUGAR Living.


Debra Oliver said...

so cute Laura, great idea! I'm still lovin' that great gallery wall!!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Beautiful idea!

openid said...

Love the miniature worlds of autumn splendor you created inside the faux pumpkins. You've inspired me to make one for The Fairfield House!
Your Friend,

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

I am always amazed at your "miniature" projects! These are too cute!

Lorrie said...

Just like a fairy tale come to life. Bon travail, Laura.

Navy Wife and Mom of 3 Boys said...

These are really cute. I actually have the small pumpkins from the dollar store and a bigger pumpkin not being used. Is Michael's a good place for miniatures?

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my word, how clever are you. I love this. All three are just fabulous. Hugs, Marty

Denise said...

Laura, what a great idea!! These are darling, and you were smart to practice on the Dollar Store pumpkins first. :) I think I've told you this before, but I love your entryway arrangement. I think we have the same taste in artwork.

Happy Fall -- hope you have a lovely day!

Denise at Forest Manor

Dawna Motz said...

So cute!! Pumpkins are all over blogland and I love it! I made a "Fall" sign that was super easy and displayed some pumpkins around it. Hope you will stop by the country. enjoy the fall day!

GSGreatEscaper said...

What a terrific idea! It's adorable. I'll be buying left overs when they go on sale after the fall hols are done.

BTW, when I have stuff I want to store that's delicate such as this, I find those Boy Scout popcorn tins work well. We used to keep our gingerbread houses in them to display from year to year...

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

My friend, you are the "DIOR" of "Dior"amas!

Mari said...

Great idea, I love how they turned out soooo adorable ;)
Thanks for sharing ;)


Redhead Sadie said...

Simply darling!!! :-)

Auntie Em said...

They are all so cute! I love them painted white. It really makes the little scenes inside show up. I really like the dyed bottle brush trees. The colours are so pretty. We have tamarack trees in the fall that have needles but turn a beautiful gold in October....and then they all fall off!
And glitter is good! Glitter can do so much. It makes everything better!
Thanks for sharing a peek at these lovely autumn projects. :)

Rita C. said...

And what's not to love?! Especially en masse, they look so good together!

Karen said...

How adorable. My 4 year old granddaughter was just asking me what we were going to do today. She always wants to do SOMETHING. It's time to get out the fall decorations and try our hand at creating. I especially love your projects because even though they look like a million bucks, they don't cost a million bucks. Thank you.


Fun and cute idea for Fall.

Marianne said...

What a great idea, Laura! Thanks for sharing.

Vel Criste said...

SUPER CUTE! perfect for your Fall Entry Laura!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Another pin coming this way!! :)

Maureen Wyatt said...

I've never worked with miniatures but I've pinned this and plan on doing it now! They are so cute.

Jody and Stan said...

What a great project! Would love for you to share at Simple & Sweet Fridays!


black sabeth said...

* C L E V E R *

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Very clever!

I love the doorknocker on the wall.

Liz Hockamier said...

Darling! You come up with some of the best ideas! I love this. I also love that wall! :)


Kit said...

Nice job! Looks wonderful. :) Kit

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

I just adore your little scenes that you've created inside the pumpkins! Makes me want to try my hand at this! Thanks for the inspiration!

Mary Beth said...

These are so pretty. Thank you so much for sharing at the Autumn Abounds Linky Party.