Today I’m sharing my scrappy square pumpkin craft that I made out of a tiny artist canvas!
By now you know how much I love things in miniature, especially when decorating for the holidays, and the Fall/Halloween season is no different!
Start with a miniature square artist canvas . . .
This little canvas measures only 2.75 inches square, and you can find these at most craft stores in packs of two or four (or more if you’re lucky!)
I painted the background on the little canvas similar to how I painted this DIY Leprechaun Rustic Plaque that I shared with you last Spring.
Click the link above (or the image above) to see the painting tutorial.
Add some acorns . . .
I found my inspiration in a fun contest going on among some of my garden blogger friends. Several of them are holding a pumpkin decorating contest and have made their own pumpkin faces using lots of natural materials found in the yard and garden.
This got me thinking: I have acorns in our backyard, or at least there’s still acorn caps — as those squirrels have been busy gathering the shells for the coming Winter months.
So… I went out and picked up a few acorn caps . . .
Our acorns are pretty tiny, which always amazes me, being that the oak leaves on the trees behind our property are huge – many leaves are bigger than adult hands!
I picked out two caps that had small stubs, and used those for the eyes. An acorn cap that had a wonderful hook attached, which resembled a beak, became the mouth.
I used large Glue Dots to easily attach them to the painted canvas, as they were about the same size.
I pressed each acorn cap onto a glue dot, and then gently pulled to get the glue dot to come off and stick to the acorn.
I used my fingers to tap the edges of the glue dot into the acorn cap edges so that no adhesive would be visible once I stuck the caps onto the canvas.
Yes, the glue dots will stick to your fingers, so this is a trial-and-error step, where you gently push the glue dots and try to keep them stuck to the acorn caps and not stuck to your fingers!
Please forgive my extreme close-up of my thumb with black and silver paint on the nail! I had no idea it would look so lovely in these photos. Sorry!
Add a pumpkin stem . . .
For the pumpkin “stem” I broke off a tiny twig and – using more of the large glue dots placed around its base – attached the stem to the top of the square pumpkin.
And some ribbon . . .
I wrapped a small ribbon scrap in Fall colors around the base of the stem. Because this scrap had wire edges, it made twisting it around the stem (and getting it to stay there) super easy.
To finish off my tiny scrappy square pumpkin, I applied tiny (of course, right?) glue dots all around the edges of the square. Using American Crafts ribbon in a 3/8 inch width, I slowly adhered the ribbon starting at the top (underneath the larger plaid ribbon).
Pull the ribbon very tightly as you press it down onto the tiny glue dots one by one, until you wind up at the other end, where you can just tuck that edge of the ribbon under the plaid ribbon, so neither edge of the ribbon shows. (See images above and below.)
And now you have a quick and easy, tiny, scrappy, square pumpkin!
You can make this even easier by painting the canvas in one solid color – orange, for example – and then glue on the acorn shells. There’s a lot of variations you can do with this square pumpkin craft, so have fun!
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