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Pumpkins and Leaves

 

As the evenings cool off and the leaves change from green to warmer hues, it becomes clear that autumn is on its way. September is always a transitional month, where we can hang on to the last evidence of summer. One thing, however, always confirms that fall is inevitable: pumpkins in the grocery stores. Autumn is definitely pumpkin season, and while they are a decorating staple of Halloween, they have a lot more to offer than just jack-o-lanterns at the end of October.

 

 

 

Pick up some pumpkins and try incorporating them into your autumn décor for a unique and natural look.

 

 

 

One way to transform your typical orange pumpkin is to try a white one (you can buy an actual white pumpkin or simply spray paint an orange one white). This gives you a blank canvas to work on, a neutral color palette, and ups the elegance and originality of your pumpkin craft.

 

 

 

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Once you have your pumpkin all set, it’s time to decorate! Take advantage of the gorgeous leaves falling outside to adorn your gourd.  Pressing leaves is an easy way to preserve their natural shape and color, but it does take a few weeks for the desired result. You and/or your little ones can go on an expedition to find some colorful leaves. Look for vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges—they’ll really pop against the white. You can press them by folding wax paper around them on both sides and closing them in the middle of a heavy book. Stack more books on top and let them sit for two to three weeks. This ensures that the leaves’ edges don’t curl up when you remove them. Finally, grab some mod podge and adhere them to the pumpkin. You can arrange them randomly or create a wreathe around the center.

 

 

 

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photo by Alison Gootee/Studio D via Country Living

 

 

 

If you’re not in the mood to wait around for pressed leaves, you can certainly purchase some already pressed ones. Another option is to grab some leaves and spray paint them gold (you can paint them any color, but the gold and white make a great combo). Then glue them on as you would with the pressed leaves.

 

 

 

 

 

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photo by Kate Sears via Ladies’ Home Journal

 

 

 

These gorgeous gourds will make perfect table centerpieces or additions to your front porch. Changing leaves and pumpkins are both iconic symbols of autumn. Not only can you combine them, but you can use a little color to give them a fresh spin.

 

 

 

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Posted by: Lzahn, on September 24th, 2013 at 3:36pm.

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