Do you remember the show What Not To Wear?
It was amazing.
An unsuspecting woman would be walking down the street and Clinton and Stacy would jump out and be all like we are here to make you over. And then they would take the contestant home and open her closet and start throwing all the clothes into this giant trash can while the woman looked on with a mixture of horror and intrigue…..
….like she had no idea what would happen next.
No worries…..we all knew.
Because we watched the show.
We knew they were going to offer them money to go shopping and send them off with tips and then the woman would be shopping at the store and start making bad choices again and not listening to the hosts’ sage advice and then all of a sudden Clinton and Stacy would pop out at the store and surprise them and save the day. And of course they would find her perfect outfits and then have her show them off in front of this eight way mirror and the lady would be all like you all are the best and look how amazing I look……
…..and we would all agree and sigh and wish that Clinton and Stacy would stop us on the street.
I know what you are thinking.
Where were Clinton and Stacy when I was wearing my blazer?
So imagine how fast my heart started beating when Clinton’s team contacted me to make-over a pumpkin in 30 minutes.
I said of course I would love to participate and I’ve been waiting for you to ask me and promptly found an unsuspecting poorly-dressed pumpkin at the Wal-Mart and tossed all its clothes in a giant trash can and gave it a little cash to go shopping and sent it on its merry way.
Except it was making really bad choices over in the polyester fabric and lace aisle and I had to save the day.
Here’s my 30 minute pumpkin challenge pumpkin….
….ready for the eight way mirror.
Mod Podge Pumpkins
(and the best tips for how to Mod Podge)
The best pumpkin for this project is one without any deep ridges.
You want the surface to be relatively smooth.
2. Cut scrapbook paper into strips
Each strip should be about 2 inches wide and about the length of the pumpkin.
All over patterns work best for this project.
3. Coat the back of the paper with Mod Podge
Do not be afraid of the Mod Podge.
Apply it in a thick coat.
It makes the paper adhere to the pumpkin so much better.
Apply the Mod Podge in a thick coat on the pumpkin and press the paper down.
Then apply another coat of Mod Podge over the top.
5. Repeat step 4 until the pumpkin is covered with scrap-book paper
You can cut smaller pieces of paper to fill in the holes.
Try to replicate the pattern…..but don’t stress.
Then coat entire pumpkin with one more coat of Mod Podge and let dry.
And here’s my best Mod Podge tips:
1. Be patient. Put on the Real Housewives of New Jersey marathon (poor Theresa) and take your time.
2. I went back and smoothed the entire pumpkin with my hands. I wanted to make sure that the paper molded to the grooves of the pumpkin.
3. I ended up cutting some of the pieces into a triangle pattern for better coverage.
4. Make sure you don’t have glumps of Mod Podge because those can dry white on top of your paper.
5. Let the pumpkin dry for 24 hours before you set it on a piece of furniture.
6. Check your pumpkin thoroughly before you put down the Mod Podge coated foam brush. You don’t want to miss a spot that you didn’t cover. Just check it out in the eight-way mirror…..
….before you send it down the runway.
Happy pumpkin decorating and you can see the rest of the 30 minute challenge pumpkins over on Clinton Kelly’s blog!
And here’s a few more pumpkin projects for the road: