I wanted to share with you all how to make simple polymer pumpkins-prefereably Aqua!
We live on 3 acres and when our kids were younger we grew Organic produce, and always planted pumpkins. They are easy to grow and always look amazing when they are ready to be picked. So I decided to make some little pumpkins for my Etsy and Shopify shop to sell for the Fall months.
One of my favorites is a Pumpkin called a Cinderella pumpkin. Similar to the ones below in this wheelbarrow I found on Google. The ones we grew were magical looking!
The grooves in the pumpkins are much deeper than basic pumpkins. It ended up being the loveliest shade of aqua with a tinge of beige, or greige coloring to it. Not a bright aqua, but very muted. The shape of the pumpkin was in my thinking breath taking! hahaha, if you love pumpkins like I do, you will love this pumpkin!
Basic Supply List
White polymer clay, various chalks (you can buy a box of colored chalks in the artist section of a craft store for under $5.00), toothpicks, soft paint brushes -medium sized and small sized. Something to bake the clay on, an old cookie sheet, or pie pan will work fine.
To begin, take a small amount of white clay and roll it around in your hand to soften it up. It should be smaller than 1″ around. I start with a small size of clay, maybe the size of a marble. With the toothpick, make a small hole at the top. This is the top of the pumpkin.
Next using the toothpick or needle, make indentations from the top towards the bottom of the pumpkin.. Do this in 5 or 6 places to replicate the ridges on the sides of a pumpkin. I placed a toothpick inside the hole of the pumpkin so that it could be shaded without having to touch the pumpkin and accidentally indenting it with my fingers (this happens alot haha!)
Next I take the colors of chalk I want to use, in this case aqua, light blue, etc. I scrape some chalk off with a sharp tool. I used a razor blade. I didn’t have any little ones around so this was a safe tool for me to use. Please use something else though if you have children around.
With the larger paint brush (keep it dry) I dabbed the brush into the aqua loose chalk and began to brush the sides, top and bottom of the pumpkin. I used a toothpick to move the pumpkin around. I then used some other shades of chalk until I got the color I wanted. A little green, a little light blue, darker aqua around the center top of the pumpkin where the stem is going to be.
Next I pulled off more white chalk, and rolled it in between my fingers till it was the width of the toothpick. I cut it about 3/4″ long and rolled the top down to be a stem. I used the small brush and brushed it brown and gold to replicate a dried pumpkin stem. Then using another toothpick, I pressed down on the pumpkin while pulling out the toothpick that was in the pumpkin.
Using the toothpick I lifted up the stem and maneuvered it into the hole that the toothpick left. Just take your time doing this. I dropped the stem a couple of times, so keep doing it till the stem is in the pumpkin. Press down on the sides near the stem to lock it into place. Dab a little more chalk around the stem area if needed. Once you are happy bake according to the manufacturers instructions. I bake them at 250 degrees for about 12-15 minutes….and I touch them to make sure they are not still soft.
Let them cool and then use them for display with little vignettes. I love creating small seasonal vignettes on a shelf in the dining room so I can enjoy it and see it. You don’t have to have a dollhouse just to decorate with miniatures. And the pumpkins can be made any size actually!
Joining in with Kim @ http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/2016/09/wow-us-wednesdays-292.html#more
If you visit craft stores you will see that there is a growing popularity in Halloween and Fall villages using miniatures not just Christmas villages.
I love that. Blessings,