Monday, November 8, 2010

The beginning ...

So, here I am, starting a blog.  Really it's more of a place to attempt to organize my thoughts, photographs and creations.  The first thing I'll share is this little pumpkin. I have seen a couple around the internet, made from strips of paper, and I thought, hmm, I wonder what that would look like with those long paint chips!  Turns out, pretty darn cute! I made it for Halloween, but it is staying out until after Thanksgiving for sure!

Here's what you do:
Go to a paint store, home improvement store or department store where they have those walls of paint chips and pretend you are trying to decide which lovely shade of orange you are going to paint your bathroom. I found two strips that I really liked, So I grabbed three of each, giving me six strips of orange. I also grabbed a pretty green strip for the stem and tendrils on top of the pumpkin.

Now lay them out in a sort of star pattern, on top of each other (sorry I didn't even think about taking pictures of the process at the time!)  I used E600 glue but hot glue would probably work, too! I glued them together in the star pattern and let it dry.  Next you pull the ends up one at a time and glue them together on the top.  I used part of the green strip to make tendrils, curling them with my scissors like you do with ribbon. Then i made a little tube with the rest of the green for the stem.

I really like the way it turned out! I think it would be cute if you used pastel colors or even white-creamy chips to make one of the moon pumpkins.