Back in 2011, I created some faux pumpkins and gourds covered with vintage crochet doilies. Of all the craft projects I've presented on my blog, it's been the most popular. Better Homes and Gardens Online picked it up a while back, and it was featured in Daphne's Diary, a magazine that's popular just about everywhere except the U.S. (oh, well!) It's a favorite at FaveCrafts, an online craft magazine, and because I used Mod Podge for Fabric for the project, it popped up at Mod Podge Rocks, too.
Because of the popularity of my "Crochet Covered Pumpkins," I thought it deserved a re-run this year, for those of you that haven't seen it.
Dried real gourds or craft store faux pumpkins and gourds.
Mod Podge for Fabric
Paintbrush or foam brush
Spray paint in an off-white or ivory. I used Krylon Ivory with a satin finish for my project.
Tin foil and wax paper or a paper plate
Here are a few of the pumpkins/gourds I used:
The image below shows how I was deciding where to place the crochet pieces on the pumpkin. It's nice to have a pile of pieces to choose from, and you might have to cut up doilies to make them fit properly:
I covered the stems with tin foil to avoid painting them. You could also use masking tape:
I gave the gourds and pumpkins a couple thin coats of "Ivory" spray paint:
Place the doily pieces on a paper plate or piece of wax paper. Coat evenly on both sides with Mod Podge for Fabric:
Place the crochet piece on your pumpkin and pat it down. Keep going until you are satisfied with how your pumpkin looks. Allow to dry. You're done!
For those of you that aren't into neutral color decorating, I can envision this project done quite differently. You could skip the step of painting the pumpkins before applying the doilies and wait until the end when the applied doilies have dried, then spray paint the finished pumpkins any color: pink, aqua, gold, or silver for a completely new twist......