I decided to create some paper pumpkins and add them to the new rooster I bought and create a new mantel. This is my one and only rooster so I thought I would go with a rustic look for my mantel and use an eclectic mix of items that I found recently. I didn't have time to put a new wreath together, so my late summer one will have to do for now!
I created these with strips of cardstock, stamped leaves, burlap and jute covered stems. There are so many directions you can go with paper pumpkins and since I have quite a collection of papers I used those. These are so easy to make, depending on the method you use. I simply glued the strips together from the bottom in a circular pattern and the same on the top. The strips overlap quite a bit on the top but any decoration will cover that.
I rolled up paper for the stems and covered them with jute and burlap. I had some leaf
stamps which I used to make the leaves and I added yarn for a bow. Since I have been crafting for several years, I have many of these things on hand already.
I made some tiny little pumpkins to sit on top of my candleholders. My pumpkins come in all colors!
You can't have a rooster without adding some wheat to the mix. I enjoy the organic look of something natural. I also like the softer colors of this rooster that I found at Ross's. I never liked roosters for decorating until I discovered all the pretty roos on the blogs.
I had some fall stickers so I added those to make some fallish cards.
The large orange pumpkin is probably my favorite because it has the best shape.
I should have gotten a closer shot of the leaf detail on this. I added four stamped leaves and a jute covered stem with some fall colored yarn.
When hubs saw this mantel he called it pumpkin overload, but you work with what you have and as long as you enjoy the process it all works out. Thanks for stopping by!
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