Make your fall display fresh with a little splash of vintage!
Jack-o-lanterns are great Halloween classics and pumpkins are beautiful on their own, but sometimes it’s nice to try something new. These pumpkins were decorated with vintage wallpaper to make a stand-out display, and best of all, it was easy and fun. Keep reading to see how to do it yourself.
When I came across the October issue of Midwest Living, which pictured a pumpkin checkered with ribbon pieces, I thought, Hey, ribbon is cool… but vintage wallpaper is way better! So my husband and I jumped into the car, drove down the street, and stopped at a sweet “little” pumpkin stand on the side of the road.
There were so many pumpkins and gourds to choose from that it was almost impossible to make a decision. Fall is my husband’s favorite season, and I was excited about starting this project, so we were both having a hard time picking out the perfect pumpkins and stopping ourselves from buying too many.
Once we returned home, pumpkins in hand, I set to work.
Vintage Wallpaper Checkered Pumpkin
What you need:
-Regular straight pins
-Sharpie or pen
-Tape measure (optional)
The 60’s and 70’s wallpapers blend in perfectly with the bright orange pumpkin.
First I wrapped the tape measure around the pumpkin to mark a starting line, but it was really very easy eyeball it, so I didn’t use it again after that first line. It’s not necessary to use a tape measure or marking system at all, but if you want to, that’s fine as well. In order to create the paper pieces, it was really as simple as laying the paper on the pumpkin, tracing down the two grooves of the pumpkin with a sharpie to mark the interior size for the wallpaper piece, and then cutting it out with scissors. Just stick one straight pin into the pumpkin through each corner of the paper pieces and soon enough, voilà! You’ve got yourself a vintage wallpaper checkered pumpkin.
Sprinkled Wallpaper Squares Pumpkin
What you need:
-Regular Straight Pins
With this pumpkin, I wanted to create a look that was a little more random, like sprinkles on a cake. If you have a circle punch, it would be really cute to make a polka dot pumpkin with the vintage wallpaper too.
I cut the scraps into long strips, and then cut them again into smaller rectangle pieces. Then with two pins, I secured each pieces in a relatively arbitrary fashion.
Happy fall everybody! What autumn decorating projects have you been working on?