Fall is my favorite season, hands down, and I really like the look and feel of autumn. And in light of that, it may come as a surprise to you that it’s at this time of year I tend to decorate the least. I decided, however, to change things, and this year my front porch will be bedecked in mums, hay bales and pumpkins. Fall decorating, here we come!
And after watching the decor I did put out last year rot, I decided that in 2014 I was going to be all about making permanent pumpkins I can toss into storage and reuse in the next year. After all, it seems such a waste to put pumpkins on my porch for a few months and watch them decay when I could be doing something much more productive with them. Like pumpkin seeds!
Making one of these pumpkins is lots of fun, even if it is lots of work. The results of this gorgeous terra-cotta mosaic pumpkin is well worth the effort and will grace the porch of your home for years.
You can find plaster of paris at big box stores, craft stores or hardware stores. Mix up a very, very small amount at a time. You’ll want it to be like a thick soup. Allow to set for a minute or two and thicken up.
If you’re an impatient crafter, you can have two bowls going at once so you can keep up the pace.
Pour the thickening plaster in between the pieces of terra-cotta.
Use your fingers to press the plaster into the cracks. It may start off looking kind of neat but it will get messier the further you go along. That’s to be expected, so no worries if you’re not getting things perfectly done.
Work on a section, turn the pumpkin and work on the opposite side. This will help to distribute the weight while you work.
As you fill in a section, use a wet sponge to wipe the excess off the terra-cotta pieces. You can work in large areas, just be sure to wipe the extra away before it starts to really set up or you’ll have some scrubbing on your hands.
Allow the pumpkin to dry as the terra-cotta will take on water and that will change the color of the pieces to be much darker.
Set outside with the rest of your fall decor and cherish it for years to come!
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