“Pumpkin Patch” Halloween centerpiece

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Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year! With all the candy and decorations – what’s not to love?  I decorate the entire house with whimsical and cute decorations like this Pumpkin Patch – no scary stuff here!  So when I decided my kitchen table needed a new Halloween centerpiece this year, I naturally turned to Smoothfoam.  It’s incredibly versatile – easy to paint and decoupage!

Jack-o-lantern Halloween centerpiece with Smoothfoam

Supplies:
12″ Smoothfoam disc
12″ x 12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Page Mount
Five 1-1/2″ Smoothfoam balls
Two 1″ Smoothfoam balls
Deco Art Americana paints – Lamp Black, Jack-o-lantern Orange and Foliage Green
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Golden Soft Gel Medium Matte
12″ x 12″ scrapbook papers – black, light orange, dark orange, bright green and yellow
White mini wooden picket fence – 24″ length
Chipboard scraps
Black 18 gauge wire – one 24″ and two 12″ lengths
Wiggle eyes – six small and four medium
Mini autumn leaves
Pencil, toothpicks
Scissors, craft knife, serrated knife
1″ flat paint brush
Tape runner adhesive
Large rubber band, large paper clips

Adhesive TIPs:  For best results, use gel medium to adhere large pieces of paper to other papers or to Smoothfoam. Use Tacky Glue for adhering smaller pieces (paper, wood, Smoothfoam, etc.) together that need a strong bond. Use a tape runner for smaller paper-to-paper applications.

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1.  Draw two 6″ oval (tall pumpkin shape) side by side on the 12″ Smoothfoam sheet. Cut them out with a serrated knife and smooth the edges by gently rubbing the Smoothfoam pieces against each other.

2.  Paint the edges of both ovals orange. Paint four of the 1-1/2″ Smoothfoam balls green. Paint the edge of the disc black. Paint the three remaining balls black. Allow all painted pieces to dry thoroughly.

TIP:  Open and straighten one end of a large paperclip and insert in the bottom of each Smoothfoam ball to paint, then hang from opposite end to let dry.

3.  To make the pumpkin patch, trace the 12″ disc on to the back of a sheet of black paper, then cut out and adhere the paper to the disc. Glue the picket fence to the edge of the black disc and secure it with large rubber band until dry.

Halloween pumpkins with Smoothfoam4.  To make the pumpkins, trace each oval on light orange and a dark orange papers and cut out. Glue dark orange paper on one oval and light orange paper on the other. Cut wedges from the other orange ovals; glue to each pumpkin as shown.

5.  Draw two pumpkin stems on chipboard and glue to the back of the green paper. Cut out and glue stems to the pumpkin tops. Draw jack-o-lantern features on black paper, cut out and glue to yellow paper, then cut around the black, leaving a yellow margin. Glue the features and medium wiggle eyes to the pumpkins. Decorate the back of the pumpkins too!

6.  Cut out 3 sets of bat wings and 3 sets of bat ears from black paper.  Cut slits at the top and sides of the black Smoothfoam balls to insert the wings and ears. Glue on small wiggle eyes. Curl each wire around a pencil then pull the curls to expand. Add glue to each wire tip and insert it into the bottom of each bat.

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Halloween bats with Smoothfoam7.  To add feet to this centerpiece, poke 1/2 a toothpick (with glue on each tip) into each green Smoothfoam ball, then poke each of the four balls into the bottom of the disc. Attach the pumpkins to the top of the disc the same way, using two full-size toothpicks for each.

Add a little glue to the bottom of each bat wire and insert them into disc in whatever positions you like. Sprinkle mini autumn leaves on the disc to finish.

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