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Crackled Foam Pumpkins

Crackled Foam Pumpkins
An updated take on a favorite fall accent
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Carve these pumpkins from foam blocks for a fun fall tabletop display. Add a crackled finish for texture to the updated square shapes.

Finished Size:  5" tall Pumpkins

Skill:    2    Time:    2    Cost:    1

You will need:

•  White foam blocks*: two 4 7/8" x 4 7/8" x 4 7/8", one 2" x 4" x 12"
•  Spanish moss
•  Primer-sealer*
•  Colorado texture crackle*
•  Burnt Umber acrylic paint*
•  Matte spray sealer*
•  Two 8" lengths of 1"-diameter wood dowels
•  Four silk leaves
•  Foam cutter*
•  Tacky glue*
Clean plastic container, fine sandpaper, hand saw, jumbo craft stick, newspapers, paintbrush,
 paper towels, spray bottle of water

* The following products were used for this project: FloraCraft STYROFOAM Blocks, Spanish Moss, Design It: Foam Cutter • DecoArt Primer-Sealer, Texture Crackle, Americana acrylic paint, matte sealer • Elmer's Craft Bond Tacky Glue.

Note: For product information, see end of article.

•  Work on only one foam-block pumpkin at a time.
•  Allow paint and glue to dry between steps.
•  Use spray paint only outside or in a well-ventilated area.
•  See photo for details and placement.

STEP 1: Shape foam blocks.
To round corners, use foam cutter to cut slices off foam block. Cut notches on all sides of block until desired "carved look" is achieved. To hold pumpkin while working on following steps, press end of one dowel 1 1/2" into top center of pumpkin so it fits snugly. Repeat step with other foam block.

STEP 2: Apply sealer & crackle. Protect work area with newspapers. Follow manufacturer's directions to apply primer-sealer to all sides of pumpkin. To dry, place pumpkin upside down and insert dowel into 12" block. Repeat with other pumpkin. Let dry overnight. Use craft stick to apply texture crackle to all sides of both pumpkins. Let dry overnight.

STEP 3: Shade pumpkin. Use spray bottle of water to dampen entire pumpkin. In plastic container, thin burnt umber acrylic paint to approximately two parts paint to one part water. Mix with paint brush. Note: For better painting surface, gently compress foam with fingers. Apply thinned paint to one side of pumpkin at a time, including cut areas of pumpkin as well. Use damp paper towel to lighten and remove excess paint. Add more paint to recessed cuts to darken. Let dry. Repeat with other pumpkin.

STEP 4: Make stem & add leaves. Remove dowels from pumpkins. Use hand saw to diagonally cut one end 4" from other end for each stem. Paint dowels Burnt Umber and let dry. Use sandpaper to lightly distress. Apply tacky glue to straight-cut ends of stems and insert into pumpkins. Arrange leaves and glue around each stem. Nestle pumpkins in Spanish moss to display.



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Crackled Foam Pumpkins

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