What I love most about this Fall sign is that I cut out a pumpkin from a piece of tin and created an oxidized copper patina using a fun paint technique.
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A Fall Pumpkin Craft Idea Using Burlap And Tin
Materials ListOld Picture Frame
Sheet of burlap *(affiliate link)
Shellac *(affiliate link)
Chalk paint in the colors Graphite and Old White
Sheet of tin
Modern Masters Metal Effects Copper Kit *(affiliate link)
Sophisticated Finishes Blackened Bronze Metallic Surfacers *(affiliate link)
Step 1: Refreshing an old picture frameI found Mr. Frugalista's college diploma tucked away in a tub in the storage room but I really wanted the frame and the mat for this project. I figured if he's had his diploma stuffed in the bowels of the storage room for several decades then it's free for the pick'ns!
Because the frame was stained red it was almost guaranteed that I would get paint bleed so to remedy that I applied a coat of shellac to seal the tannins in the wood. I brushed a coat of Graphite (charcoal gray) chalk paint for the first color. I followed it up with two coats of Old White chalk paint. Using an 80 grit sanding sponge, I distressed the corners to reveal the gray underneath. The paint was sealed with clear wax rubbed on with a clean link free rag.
Step 2: Burlap BackI lined the cardboard backing of the frame with burlap leftover from a table runner, tacking it in place with dabs of hot glue.
Now onto the fun stuff...
Step 3: Making a tin pumpkinNote: For this step, you must wear protective gloves to prevent being cut by the tin.
I cut a small piece of sheet metal (you can buy small sheets at Home Depot) using vintage, made for giants, tin snips.
Step 4: Painting and oxidizing the tin pumpkin
After I carefully cut out the pumpkin, I painted it with two coats of Modern Masters Metal Effects Copper Primer (as pictured below).
Next, I painted two coats of Modern Masters Metal Effects Copper paint (sorry about the blurry photo).
Next, only on the leaf portion of the pumpkin, I applied Modern Masters Green Patina Aging Solution with a small paint brush and dabbed it with a clean rag. You can see in the photo below how it started the oxidization process.
After a few minutes, this is what it looked like. Love this stuff!
With Sophisticated Finishes Blackened Bronze Metallic Surfacer and a Q-tip, I outlined around the leaf, painted the stem and ribs of the pumpkin (as pictured below).
For the tendrils, I simply hot glued a strand of jute twine from the stem and to the leaf, using the printed pumpkin graphic as my guide (as pictured below).
Step 5: Adding painted wooden lettersI had some wooden letters in my stash and painted them using the Modern Masters Metal Effects Primer and hot glued them in place.
I attached my Fall Pumpkin Craft into the painted frame and voila!
Here it is incorporated into our Fall Mantelscape.
When Mr. Frugalista got home from work he spotted his frameless college diploma on the dining room table and asked, "what the heck did you do with my college diploma"? I gave him an innocent smirk and batted my eyes and he walked away shaking his head. And that wasn't the first time and it won't be the last.
Have you ever tried the Modern Masters Metal Effects Kit? If so, what did you make with it?
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