Fall is a wonderful and colorful time of the year. Nature is busy decorating the trees and leaves with beautiful yellows, oranges and reds. With this simple craft project, you can begin to bring these lovely colors into your home, too.
For this very simple project, I used the following supplies:
1 8×12 framed chalkboard
Folk Art Pure Orange and Green Forest craft paints
Apple Barrel Canary Yellow, Harvest Orange and Spice Brown craft paints
Craft Essentials Papercrafting Ribbon (orange/yellow)
Autumn Inspirations Decorative Pillow
Celebrate It Harvest Scarecrow Pick
Elmer’s White School Glue
Hot Glue Gun/Sticks
Pencil and eraser
This festive fall craft is great for all ages, and any craft level, but I do recommend supervising little ones when using the hot glue gun.
The Pumpkin Patch- Drawing the Pumpkins
To begin your pumpkin patch, take your pencil and draw four circles of different sizes and shapes in the lower right corner of your chalkboard. Make the row of pumpkins/circles have a slight curve to it. Try to overlap the circles a bit, to give depth. The next row should have five circles/pumpkins. Overlap these as well, not only on the sides, but also at the bottom. This will give the appearance of a ‘stack’ of pumpkins then it is complete. The last of the pumpkins belongs at the very bottom, right in the center. You can make him round or tall, or just a little odd-shaped if you like. Do not make him too big.
After the pumpkin patch is drawn, it is time to begin giving the pumpkins depth. Take your eraser and, beginning with the last one drawn in the bottom center, erase all lines on the inside of it from the other pumpkins. This will make it ‘in front’ of all the others in the stack. For the next row of pumpkins, erase the lines inside them as well, just like the first one, but leave one or two ‘behind’ the stack. The top row of pumpkins will also need some lines erased, too. The very middle pumpkin should be like the very bottom one and be completely whole, no lines going through it so it appears to be at the top of the stack. If you mess up, do not worry. The graphite/lead from the pencil will erase easily and not show through the paint when we are done.
After all the little pumpkins are done, it is time to attach their stems. Look at the above photo as a guide. Do not try to have them all line up the same way because it will not look like a natural stack. Get creative and have the pumpkins lean different ways. It is fun giving them character. When you are done with the stems, it is time to paint.
The Pumpkin Patch- Painting the Pumpkins
Take your paper plate with all of your festive paints on it. For this patch, you will be using three different shades of orange. There is no set color for each one because I mixed the paints together to get just the right blend of colors.
If we number the pumpkins, starting with the bottom middle as #1, and then from the left bottom row: 2, 3, 4, and 5 continuing to the top: 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. #8 is the top middle pumpkin.
With that reference, take your Harvest Orange and paint numbers 2, 4, 5, 7 and 9. While those dry, take the Pure Orange and the Spice Brown and test blending them a bit. You do not want to go too dark, but you want this color to be a shade or two darker than the Harvest Orange. This will give even more depth to the pumpkins. With this new color, paint in numbers 3, 6 and 10. While that dries, take the Canary Yellow and blend it with the Harvest Orange to get a lighter, brighter color for the remaining two pumpkins, numbers 1 and 8. Using circular strokes will add natural lines to the pumpkins and give them that ribbed look. The pumpkins, depending on the thickness of the paint, will take at least two coats and up to four. There will be no black lines to separate the pumpkins. The different paint shades will be what distinguishes each of pumpkins in the stack. When they are dry, it is time to paint the stems. Take the Green Forest and mix a tad of Canary Yellow to lighten it a bit. If you like the darker stems, then do not add the Canary Yellow. Let dry.
The Ribbon Framework
For my frame, I cut two 12-inch strips and two 9-inches strips of ¼ inch wide ribbon. I used white school glue to apply the shorter strips to the sides first, and then the top and bottom. Depending on the size of your chalkboard and the width of the frame, you will be using different ribbon than I did. I did not use the hot glue for this portion of the craft. The white glue dries flat, whereas the hot glue does not.
The Scarecrow and the Pillow
Take Harvest Scarecrow Pick and snip off the wooden stick to make it level with the scarecrow’s feet. After ribbon framework has dried, then it is time to glue the scarecrow to the board. Place the scarecrow on the board and gently press down. This will show you the contact points it has to the board. Apply a generous amount of hot glue to the pressure points and stick to the board. Apply pressure until the glue dries.
The easiest part of this craft is attaching the “Welcome” pillow to the board. All you need to do is apply the hot glue, in a straight line across the pillow, and stick it to the board. Drape the pillow’s string behind the board and glue in place if you like.
If your chalkboard came with a hanger already attached, as mine did, then this project is complete. If it did not, then it is wise to nail a saw tooth picture hanger to the frame prior to beginning any work. These can be found in your local craft or hardware store. The chalkboard, like the one I used, can be found at your local dollar store during back-to-school time. The smaller, thicker versions can be found at your local craft stores for around $1.99-$4.99 depending on size.
For other great Quick and Easy Chalkboard Art projects, try Patriotic Chalkboard Art and Spring Chalkboard Art
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