How-To: Botanical Pumpkins

Categories: Grow, How-To, Our Gardens

Looking for fresh ideas for your fall pumpkins? These botanical beauties have become our favorite craft of the season, and we find that nothing beats an autumn afternoon in the sun with this simple how-to from our talented team at Styer's.

What You'll Need:

- Pumpkins
- A selection of delicate ferns, leaves, and vines
- Spray adhesive
- Mod Podge
- Paint brush

1. Select your stems. Our favorites for this project are ferns and thin-leaved plants and vines.

2. Plan your pumpkin. Using the pumpkin's stem as a center point, imagine how and where you'll adhere your chosen plants. Don't be afraid to let the plant material inspire your design!

3. Begin adhering your plants. Using a spray adhesive, lightly mist the back side of your plants. Moving quickly, tack your first plant to the surface of your pumpkin. Keeping the leaves flush against the pumpkin and using a paint brush, spread a thin layer of Mod Podge over the leaf surface, pressing down on any leaves that pop up. Allow the Mod Podge to dry, and repeat with 3-4 additional layers of Mod Podge, until all of your plants have been adhered to your pumpkin.

4. Let it set. Working in a sunny spot will help speed your crafting process, but once your plants are secure against your pumpkins, find a dry, shady place to let them set overnight.

5. Place your plant-patterned pumpkins around your home, grab a mug of cider, and enjoy your handiwork! 

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