Thursday, October 23, 2014

DIY Black & White Checkered Pumpkins

A Stroll Thru Life
Yippee!!! Thank you Marty for featuring the pumpkins this week!
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Thank you to Kathy over at Life on Lakeshore Drive for giving the pumpkins a feature too!
I am soooooo flattered!
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Happy Fall Y'all!
Inspired by Mackenzie - Childs Pumpkins
Well here we are in the middle of autumn...Mother Nature is proudly displaying her colorful artwork.
Inspired by Mackenzie - Childs Pumpkins
 And so am I! Proudly displaying my artwork that is.
I love the way my checkered pumpkins stand out against the fall colors.
Inspired by Mackenzie - Childs Pumpkins
 These pumpkins are obviously inspired by Mackenzie - Childs. 
I mean if you are going to be inspired you might as well be inspired by the best!
Inspired by Mackenzie - Childs Pumpkins
As much as I love how these faux pumpkins look outdoors, I knew they needed a nice home indoors.
So I went to Costco to get a free paint like a boot tray I saw in the MC catalog.
Seriously you had to know that was coming!
Inspired by Mackenzie - Childs Pumpkins
 The box I made was inspired by the Mackenzie - Childs boot tray, which sells for $495.
While I am sure it is worth every penny, I just felt $495 was maybe a bit much for a pumpkin display.
My husband thought the same thing, no arguments he totally agreed with me on this!
Inspired by Mackenzie - Childs Pumpkins
 There might have been some talk about who puts boots on a $495 tray?
I am sure some of you are thinking who paints a Costco box to look like a $495 boot tray.
Yeah we talked about that too..
Inspired by Mackenzie - Childs Pumpkins
 I still went ahead and painted the box and he ended up liking it.
Inspired by Mackenzie - Childs Pumpkins
He even cut the cute decorative wood trim for me.
He figured he was saving himself $495....
Inspired by Mackenzie - Childs - Boot tray
 Just to make my box unique I added the word pumpkin, spelled in French no less, with some gold paper letters I cut with the Silhouette Cameo. 
I am betting it's the only box of its kind here in Nevada.
Pun intended.
Inspired by Mackenzie - Childs Pumpkins
Geeze I photographed these guys from every possible angle!
Inspired by Mackenzie - Childs Pumpkins
 Close ups too!
Inspired by Mackenzie - Childs Pumpkins
Here is a quick tutorial on how I painted these beauties.
I cut a paper square (1 1/4 inch) and traced around it on the fake pumpkin.
Then I marked the squares that I wanted to paint black with an X.
Then I painted them black.
I let them dry for a few hours.
 Then I watered down (thinned) some gold metallic acrylic paint and brushed it all over the pumpkin.
Inspired by Mackenzie - Childs Pumpkins
 Same idea for the "boot tray" except I had to paint the box white first.
Which took about four coats.
It works best if you let the paint dry between coats.
 At this point I was thinking maybe $495 isn't really that much...
At first I just painted a gold stripe on the bottom edge of the box.
Ugh that wasn't going to work.
Off to the home center for some edging I went.
I think the wood trim really finishes the box off. It almost hides the fact that it's really a Costco box.
I said almost not totally!
So everyone is happy, the pumpkins, my husbands wallet and myself.
Inspired by Mackenzie - Childs Pumpkins
 Thank you to my dear friend Paula for giving me the faux white pumpkins...not orange ones, phew!
Inspired by Mackenzie - Childs Pumpkins
 And thank you to Costco for the free box.
Inspired by Mackenzie - Childs Pumpkins
Total cost of this project $13.95 plus tax.
The wood trim was the only thing I purchased.
So the MC boot tray is $495, the pumpkins are $50 for an 8" pumpkin (I have 2) 
 and $100 for the 9" pumpkin.
 So I'd say this was a cost effective project!

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  1. Be still my heart. I am in love with MacKenzie Childs Courtly Check and these are fabulous! I will be doing some too!

  2. Oh, I love these!!! Great idea! Pinned!

  3. Wow! Your pumpkins are stunning and the box you painted is amazing too! Visiting from the Say G'Day Saturday party and so glad I did! Pinning!

  4. Hi Lori! I am a huge fan of MacKenzie Childs too, and LOVE your pumpkins! Visiting from G'Day Saturday and pinning. Have a happy weekend!

  5. LOVE the pumpkins! Now I have to go figure out who MacKenzie Childs is.


  6. Lori, I'm a fan of MacKenzie Childs, especially the Courtly Check, so I'm truly impressed with this awesome project. You totally nailed it! Your pumpkins and boot box are fabulous! A+++

  7. Oh my goodness, these are fabulous. I love them and your tutorial is fantastic. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

  8. Oh my I am highly impressed! I was admiring the MC pumpkins but knew it would be too tedious for me to do. You did a spectacular job on all of this. I would never have guessed the boot tray was cardboard! Love how you put it all together! Five stars!!!

  9. You are very creative, thrifty woman, Lori...the pumpkins and boot tray are awesome! I may even try doing one of those boot trays on a little smaller scale. It could be used for every season.
    Have a wonderful week.

  10. I just found you through Life On Lakeshore Drive. You are ALMOST as crazy as I am so I know I have to follow your every move (blog). LOL- I am your newest follower and will put you on my sidebar! Do you know bj @ SweetNothings? No? Tell her I sent ya- WAIT till you see the piece her hubby built for her -a MC shelf! So glad I found you, Lori. xo Diana

  11. I am so happy to have found you on Marty's blog. Your work is terrific and your MC items look beautiful.
    I am your newest follower.
    Have a wonderful week.

  12. Wood trim -- $13.95, boot box -- free, inspiration -- priceless! You are a rockstar, Girl!

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