Botanical pumpkins are hands down my favorite craft of the season! When I walked by a class on this craft recently at my local Terrain store, the hip Anthropologie’s gardening sister, it was love at first sight. I knew right then I would try my hand at making these botanical pumpkins. They were super easy to create and the hands-on time pretty quick. The idea is to adhere natural plant material on a pumpkin. Although the white pumpkins show off the botanicals best, you could use orange ones too. It is best if you select thinner plant materials such as ferns and flat leaves, which will be easier to glue down. The variations of botanical pumpkins are as endless as your imagination. Have fun!
pumpkins; cloth to clean with; delicate plant material such as ferns, thin and flat leaves; plant scissors or pruners; spray adhesive; Mod Podge; sponge brush; wet paper towels to clean your hands; small dish of water
1- Choose a well ventilated space to work in. Wipe your pumpkins clean and let dry.
2- Cut your plant material and remove stems. Working from the stem center of your pumpkin, lay out the design before beginning to glue it down. When you are happy with your design, and working quickly, spray a light coating of adhesive on the underside of your plant material and place on your pumpkin. Wet your fingers slightly to rub the plant material to help it lay as flat as possible. This is not perfect science as the plant material is from nature and full of curvature and angles.
3- Once you are satisfied with the design, apply a coat of Mod Podge with a sponge brush. Let dry and recoat. You may need 2-4 coats depending on the thickness of your plant material. I used 2 coats for mine. Let dry overnight and enjoy creating fall vignettes with your beautiful botanical pumpkins!
Variations: you could add glitter to your plant materials before gluing them down. You could also paint part or all of your pumpkin before starting your project. You could gild your plant material in metallics before starting your project. The finished creations will last as long as the pumpkin does..
” Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Albert Camus
What botanical pumpkins will you create?