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Fall 2014 Centerpiece and Pottery-inspired Pumpkins

For this year’s annual Happy Mundane “Great Pumpkin Adventure”, I decided to pick up where I left off from last year. (click here for a refresher)

Generally, I like my pumpkins and Fall tabletop centerpieces to not necessarily be too “Halloween-y” but more just a general not do autumn. That way they can stay up through Thanksgiving!

I’m still totally drawn to pottery as inspiration for my pumpkins, but instead of just an abstracted texture, I wanted to try something more playful. You all know my love for mid-century, so It was only natural I go there first. I looked to Scandinavian pottery, as well as some good ol’ Jonathan Adler!

Fall 2014 centerpiece and pottery inspired pumpkins via happymundane.com

images via (clockwise) Jonathan Adler, DWR, and Suzy Ultman.

After a trip to the craft store, I came home with all these goodies:

Fall 2014 centerpiece and pottery inspired pumpkins via happymundane.com

Pre-cut straw pieces, little gold cylinder beads, Crayola Model Magic clay, and I also picked up a package of dried split peas, and some twine.

Basically this is what you do:

1) Create the face/design on the pumpkins (I used fake craft pumpkins for the two larger one but the small one is a real pumpkin.) I drew it out first with a permanent marker.

2) Glue the pieces to form the design (or in this case, faces)

3) Spray paint the pumpkin with a base coat

4) Apply a loose “glaze” coat of watered down white acrylic paint.

It requires a little trial and error, but I found that you had to sometimes apply a few coats of the “glaze” and also a slightly thicker consistency worked better than a more watery one- (but not too thick as it needs to be loose and light enough to allow the base color to show through)

Fall 2014 centerpiece and pottery inspired pumpkins via happymundane.com

Fall 2014 centerpiece and pottery inspired pumpkins via happymundane.com

Overall, I thought they turned out pretty good! They totally feel “Adler-esque” right?

Fall 2014 centerpiece and pottery inspired pumpkins via happymundane.com

Finally, I styled them with some dark toned candles with little hits of metallic copper and brass. For the large pumpkin, I put it with a glass vase and some dried “yellow yarrow” flowers.

Fall 2014 centerpiece and pottery inspired pumpkins via happymundane.com

Fall 2014 centerpiece and pottery inspired pumpkins via happymundane.com

Fall 2014 centerpiece and pottery inspired pumpkins via happymundane.com

Fall 2014 centerpiece and pottery inspired pumpkins via happymundane.com

Woo hoo! Happy Halloween! (and Fall!)



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