Check out the other handmade ornaments from my fellow Creative Buzz friends.
I realized though I don’t have one that is specifically for fall. How that is possible, I have no idea!?!
So since this month’s #CreativeBuzz theme was Pumpkins, I knew that I could create my own fall inspired mini garden flag with some pumpkins on it.
Here is what I created and I love how it turned out!
Here is how I created it so you can make one for yourself.
-Laminated Burlap- I found a small roll at Michael’s
-Paint or stencil brushes
-Cutting machine- I used my Silhouette and I used this image from the Silhouette Store.
-Outdoor Mod Podge
I used one of my garden flags as a template to cut the size of my burlap.
The flags dimensions are 12 x 18. I cut my burlap to the length but my burlap was a little thinner than the 12″ and that was ok with me.
Then cut out your design in your cardstock to create your stencil.
I separated my image into two projects and blew the pumpkin up as large as I could on the 12×12 sheet.
Be sure to space your vines out to give you enough paper border so paint doesn’t spill over the edges.
Save the NEGATIVE of the stencil!
Only piece you will save will be the shading piece of the pumpkins.
My stencil had a few different layers so I started with the bottom layer and placed it where I wanted it on the burlap.
Using green acrylic paint, I filled it in.
Remove the stencil and let dry a few minutes before placing the next layer on top.
Once your first layer is dry enough, place your next stencil on top.
Fill in the stencil.
I chose to use a darker orange for this layer.
Once that layer is dry, place the next stencil layer on top.
I then used a brighter orange paint to give my pumpkin some dimension.
Once the orange paint is dry, you can add the stems and vines.
I then wanted “welcome” on my sign so I quickly cut that out and just stenciled it below the pumpkins.
Once your paint is completely dry, I waited overnight to be sure, pull out your Outdoor Mod Podge and coat the the entire front panel of the flag.
Be sure the cover the paint really well.
Let the Mod Podge dry overnight.
Time pull our your sewing machine to sew the flag together.
If you want to do a no sew version, you could always hot glue it together. Just be sure to leave a space for the bar of your flag holder. And I have no idea how long a hot glued flag will last out in the elements.
I used a brown thread to go around the flag first.
Sew across the top then move down 2 inches and sew across again. This will be where you place the bar of your flag holder.
I wanted to add a little something else so I then stitched with orange thread as well.
And you are done!
I’m thrilled how it turned out!
Not sure what took me so long to make one!
Right now it hangs out by some of my flower pots but they will soon be replaced with pumpkins and mums.
Be sure to check out all the other ideas from the fabulous #CreativeBuzz ladies!
Lots of fun pumpkin ideas to enjoy!
1. Pumpkin Pie Spiced Monkey Bread – This Silly Girl’s Life
2. Coastal Anchor Pumpkin – Crafts by Courtney
3. Dollar Store Painted Pumpkins – All Things with Purpose
4. Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Pancakes – Made to be a Momma
5. Terra Cotta Pumpkin Fall Decor – Seven Thirty Three
6. Pumpkin Embroidery – Do Small Things with Love
7. Cream Puff Pumpkins – Play, Party, Pin
8. Oatmeal Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies – Just Us Four
9. Dipped Pumpkin Decor – Sugar Bee Crafts
10. Pumpkin Cake with Milk Chocolate Icing – Handmade in the Heartland
11. Burlap Mini Garden Flag with Painted Pumpkins – A Glimpse Inside
Ahhh! I can’t believe it! I am super excited and nervous, for both of us, but I know she’ll do fabulous.
I thought it would be fun to make her teacher something and wanted it to be a little something different.
This month’s theme for #CreativeBuzz was apples so it helped give me a jumping off point.
This is what I came up with and I LOVE how it came out!
Here is how I created it so you can make one too!
-Clear Chalkboard Coating
Start by drawing an apple on the MDF.
I just free handed it until I was happy with the size and shape.
Using a jigsaw, cut out the apple.
Here is the apple all cut out.
Before I started painting it, I gave it a light sanding and took off the sharp edges of the apple.
MDF sometimes sucks paint in so before I started painting with the colored paint, I coated the whole apple, front and back, with white paint.
Next, coat the apple, leaf, and stem with a coat of paint and let dry.
This way you have a nice base of each color before adding another layer and adding the values.
Next, add another layer of paint and while the paint is still wet, add some highlights and low lights to give the it some dimension.
I worked on each color separately until I was happy with how they looked.
When your paint is nice and dry, it is time to make it a chalkboard.
Pull out some of this awesome Clear Chalkboard Coating- it makes ANYTHING a chalkboard- and give the apple one coat vertically and let it dry for 1 hour. When the first coat is dry, apply another coat horizontally.
Let cure 24 hours.
I took some twine and stapled it onto the back of the apple so she will be able to hang it.
Once the chalkboard coat is cured, you need to “prime” the chalkboard.
And to do this, all you need to do is rub a piece of chalk all over the chalkboard.
Wipe it clean and it is ready to use!!
I wanted to add a little something extra to the apple so I had these small chalkboard tags laying around and wrote “welcome” on it.
I then tied it around the stem using green baker’s twine.
And it is done!
Since I plan on giving this to Miss P’s teacher, I wrapped up two pieces of chalk in a clear bag and tied it with twine as well to give it to her teacher with the apple.
It turned out so cute and I love the result!
I sure hope that her teacher loves it too!!!
Check out my project and then you can check out what the other bloggers have created at the bottom of the post.
I had no idea what I wanted to make until I remembered that I have been wanting to make a growth chart FOREVER now for the girls so this was the perfect time to make it!
I knew I was going to paint it white so I didn’t care about the knots in the wood so I bought a cheaper board. This was only $10.
If you want to stain your chart, you can buy a piece of pine for a little more money.
Then used a piece of tack cloth to remove any particles before coating it with a coat of oil base primer. I gave two coats to the front side of the board to ensure that the knots didn’t shine through.
I then used Valspar Ultra-White paint in a semi-gloss for the final coats. Again, giving it two coats on the front for a nice, clean finish.
I placed a measuring tape along the side I wanted the ruler on and grabbed a pencil.
I made each line 1 in long and then the foot marks I made them 1 in and a half.
I made my first Foot mark 6 inches on the board.
Our baseboards are 3 inches tall and I wanted the board slightly above it.
When I hang it on the wall, I will make sure the 1 ft. line is at exactly 1 ft from the ground.
I used some vinyl to cut out their names and an ampersand symbol and applied it to the top of the board.
I was debating on what I was going to do… cut a vinyl design and apply it or hand paint something on it and then while browsing Target, I spotted this wall decal and knew I wanted to use it!
Then the numbers were another great debate! I wanted small wood or chip board letters but couldn’t find ANY small enough to work. I found these Thickers Stickers also at Target and they actually had numbers along with the letters so it was perfect. I like that they are raised off the board a little and they are slightly glittery. Plus, the pinks match perfectly!
Time to apply the decal.
I started at the bottom of the board and worked my way to the top.
it was, I just took it off and replace it with another piece.
I then stopped the design just below their names.
I can’t wait to get it up on the wall… once I figure out where to hang it in this darn house. We have such an open floor plan and so many windows that wall space is limited.
But I plan on going back and adding all of their measurements from when they were babies and from here on out.
Be sure to check out all the other fabulous Number ideas from the #CreativeBuzz Bloggers!