This post is a collaboration with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape, but all words and opinions are my own.
Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for what we have. This year we have so many extra reasons to be thankful! To spend time with loved ones, to cherish the moments, and maybe just eat some good food while we are at it. Each year our family likes to give thanks for the little things in our lives. This year we decided to make a Thankful Pumpkin Tree to display what everyone in our family is thankful for.
You see, we’ve hosted Thanksgiving for the past 2 years (this will make year number 3), so at any given time we have 10-15 people over. Camped out in our living room, our formal living room, guest bedroom, and just about any where they can find a space. Its always comical to see everyone sprawled out after our big Thanksgiving meal. Sometimes you can’t even walk in our living room because everyone is laying on the floor like dead zombies. But needless to say, that is one of the many things we are thankful for… family! Make this simple Thankful Pumpkin Tree using ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape to allow all of your guest this holiday season show their gratitude toward one another.
- Styrofoam Pumpkin
- ScotchBlue™ Painters Tape Advanced Delicate Surface 2080EL with Edge-Lock™
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ 2oz Multi-Surface Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint – Rust
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ Roller Tops
- Rubber Gloves *optional
- Box Cutter
- Bag of Rocks
- Floral Foam
- Twiggs/Small Branches
- Cricut Die-Cutting Machine
- Stretch Your Imagination-Autumn 2 Cricut Craft Room Exclusive Cartridge
- Cardstock in Fall Colors
- Hole Punch
Beging by determining how large of chevron stripes you want. Then cut equal pieces of tape. I would cut 5-10 at a time saving one piece of tape to re-measure and cut. Because this is the delicate surface painters tape you can stack the pieces on one another and they won’t rip.
Then begin creating your chevron pattern.
Begin painting your pumpkin with the rust metallic paint. I used rubber gloves since you’ll have to pick up the wet pumpkin from time to time.
Once a thin coat of paint was applied to the pumpkin. I let it dry for about 30 minutes, then carefully began removing the tape from the pumpkin.
This is what my pumpkin looked like after it was done being painted.
Next up, using a pen, draw a circle around the top of the pumpkin. Using a box cutter (or any other sharp knife) begin to cut around the top of the styrofoam pumpkin. Once the hole is cut place a small bag of rocks inside the base of the pumpkin. This will help stabilize it and prevent it from tipping over. After the rocks then carefully begin placing the floral foam inside the pumpkin. You’ll need to cut the floral foam in half to get it inside the pumpkin. Once the floral foam is inside begin placing small twigs/branches inside the pumpkin. Once you have the amount of desired branches fill in the spaces with moss.
Using a die-cutting machine cut out 2-3 inch large leafs. Cut out enough for each of your family members to write a message on the leaf. Using a hole punch–hole punch the leaf so that it can be displayed on the Thankful Pumpkin Tree.
Display your thankful pumpkin tree in the dining room on a hutch. That way its not blocking anyones view at dinner, but everyone can still see what people are thankful for.
Keep a pen handy by your cut-out leaves. That way friends and family can write a message on the leaf with ease!
Create a metallic vignette in fall colors this Thanksgiving!