I’m sharing a few craft fails today, but first I’ll start with the big news – my Silk Sari Pumpkins are on the front cover of Craft Ideas magazine! If you page through the issue, you’ll also see my Cowhide Pumpkins on page 47. This is a happy ending to a story that wasn’t always so pretty, and today I’ll let you in on the back story for both of these pumpkin crafts. To kick off the season for all things pumpkin, there’s a giveaway, too.
Fall is my favorite season, and you may know that I love pumpkins crafts. Last year, I decided to make tapestry pumpkins – they were going to be so elegant! And then I shopped for the fabric and what — $40 – $80 a yard? I don’t think so. While searching for fabric on etsy, I saw that I could buy beautiful pieces of silk saris for just $5 – $6. I realized that these gorgeous silk brocades were the answer.
And then the fabrics started to arrive. Each one was beautiful, and most were shot through with gold. But there was one problem, some of the fabrics were sheer and fragile and I didn’t think they could be used for Patchwork Pumpkins. But I experimented a little, found a new technique, painted my pumpkin stems gold, and voila, a front cover!
At about the same time, I had another idea – Leather Pumpkins. Wouldn’t those be chic? Of course, leather is expensive, so I found faux leather (vinyl) and went to work. Argh! The vinyl was too thick and stiff to neatly tuck into the balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. I had to make my grooves wide and deep, and then the faux leather still bunched up – totally not chic! I tried adding cord in the crevices, thinking that might help, but I still didn’t like the look.
So, I tried again and while this sort of works, I’m not thrilled with the finished project. I’m sure that real leather would have been more supple, and had the required drape, but I’m not paying real leather prices. So, I believe these are bound for the “not such a good idea bin.”
On the other hand, because I was surrounded with a lot of faux leather, I decided to DIY Faux Leather Deco Spheres. The vinyl worked great for this project, and I really like these Deco Spheres. Score!
The failed, faux leather pumpkins also led me to the Cowhide Pumpkins in Craft Ideas. I was mulling over the failed leather pumpkins during an evening walk, and the Cowhide Pumpkins popped into my head! (Where do these ideas come from?) I love how the Cowhide Pumpkins turned out.
So, there you have it. When you have a craft fail, try, try again. Sometimes your best ideas can come from a craft fail.
I want to give a big shout out to Craft Ideas magazine, and “thank you” so much for including my pumpkins in the fall issue. Go on over and say “hello” to Molly, the editor, on the Craft Ideas Facebook page, and give them a “like”, too. If you don’t subscribe, you should – each issue is jam-packed with ideas to keep you crafting till the next issue arrives at your doorstep. The fall issue is on newsstands right now, so be sure to check it out.
To celebrate pumpkin crafting season, I have two, Fall Craft Giveaways today, and each prize package includes:
- $30 gift card to your choice of Jo-Anns, Michaels or Hobby Lobby
- Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Via Packets
- Crafts ‘n Coffee coffee mug (these are new, and I’ve not yet seen them!)
For your chance to win, share your craft fail below. Be sure to enter by midnight on Monday, August 29. I’ll announce the two winners on Tuesday, August 30.
Happy pumpkin crafting!
P.P.S. This is not a sponsored post for Craft Ideas magazine. I just think you’ll really enjoy the magazine.