Make a Polka Dotted Pumpkin

This was a quick project that only took us about two hours including the drying time.  If you decide to try it, please share by tagging us @mainstreetcollection or use #MSCpolkadot.  We would love to see your pumpkin projects this season! 

Yes, we did and so can you!

Whenever my daughter is home from college we always have at least one art/craft project on the agenda and this Fall Break I was dying to take a drill to my pumpkins.  Caroline had volunteered at a children’s “Make It & Take It” art event at her college and said it was easy.  I figured if they could do it around kids, surely I could handle it.  So we did!

Here are the steps that we took and the items that we gathered before we began.

  • PUMPKIN (the bigger the better for me!)
  • Spray paint if you want a color & painter’s tape
  • Power Drill, Circle Drill Bit – 1 3/4″(Craftsman calls it a Hole Saw)
  • Newspaper
  • Knife and kitchen spoon to clean out the pumpkin
  • Safety goggles
  • Tape measure, pencil or Sharpie.
  • Tall pillar candle (4 to 5 inches tall)

Step 1: Wear old clothes and safety goggles because pumpkin bits and pieces will start flying when the drill hits that pumpkin. Definitely an outside project!

Step 2:  Wash pumpkin and let dry.  Put painter’s tape around the pumpkin stem to keep it the natural color. Spray paint your pumpkin on newspaper and let dry.

Step 3:  Cut a circle around the top of the pumpkin and pull gently on the stem to remove it from the pumpkin.  Clean out the seeds and pumpkin fibers. (SAVE the seeds for roasting!! YUM!)

Step 4:  If you want your polka dots to be uniformly placed on the pumpkin then use a tape measure and mark off where you want your polka dots placed.  We started at the top and placed a mark every 4 inches for the center of our polka dot.

(There are so many sizes of circle drill bits but I chose just one for my first time. I am definitely going back to get some other sizes so I can try another one with more random placement of the polka dots and sizes!!) 

Step 5:  We did re-spray paint a few areas of the pumpkin again after the drilling but it really is not necessary. (One of us is a perfectionist and one of us is not!)

Step 6:  We used a tall candle in the pumpkin to make it very bright. At first, we used a small votive candle and it did not give us enough light to brighten all of our polka dots so… I went back inside and found a taller, brighter candle.

This was a quick project that only took us about two hours including the drying time.  If you decide to try it, please share by tagging us @mainstreetcollection or use #MSCpolkadot.  We would love to see your pumpkin projects this season!

Happy Pumpkin Day!

Rae Marie

 

 

Here’s the Dish…On making a special gift for Mother’s Day!

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Flowers for Mother’s Day and a container that is beautiful after the blooms fade!

Recycle, Reuse and REPURPOSE!  Use your imagination and make a wonderful dish garden or centerpiece with something you might have in your kitchen!

Here at MSC, of course, we have our newest Whitewash Bow Collection, perfect for all the spring flowers that are blooming in our local garden shop! We could not resist the petunias, vinca, impatiens and daisies for the bread basket, serving bowl and the pitcher!

 

After choosing our plants, we lined the bowl with fine mesh wire that we also found at the plant shop.  We used this since our breadbasket bowl had holes.  It is not necessary if you don’t have holes in the dish you are using.

In our serving dish, we actually left the plants in the pots and covered with moss!  Giving the plants like this allows Mom to plant the plants wherever she wants, keeps your hands clean and mom’s new dish is not so dirty!

It helps to have a great potting table like this as well!  Thank’s to Keiko’s Dad for this fabulous work space! Potting Bench 2

Now, for the finishing touches to the arrangement, we added Spoon Markers!  They come with FUN sayings (Born to Garden, Free Weeds, Water Me, You are my Sunshine, Grow Dammit & Bloom Dammit) or Herb (Rosemary, Thyme, Basil, Sage, Dill & Thyme).

Happy Mother’s Day to all Moms!