Wednesday, October 26, 2011

grungy pumpkins, the tutorial...

pinch pot by Max
cinnamon pumpkin by me

want to make some?

here's another new favorite from none other than
Theresa Easy Peasy Hein

of course being as excited as I was to make these,
and being the bad tutorialist that I am, I did not take step by step photos.

(that is another reason why I like easy peasy)

step 1. buy some inexpensive faux pumpkins

step 2.  melt wax in a GW small crock pot
 I had some beeswax at the bottom of mine from last years beeswax collages and so
used that, but you could use broken white candles.
and you could use a double boiler over the stove but I like using a crock pot instead of my gas stove
step 3. Add some cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and maybe
a dash of nutmeg for good measure into the wax. 
and by add I mean dump. I wanted mine kinda grungy so I used quite a bit.

step 4.  stir.

step 5. using an old paintbrush 'paint' the wax goodness onto the pumpkins
I did a few coats to really cover the pumpkins.
I also dunked the bottoms into the wax... whatever works!

step 6. while the wax is still warm and sticky sprinkle more cinn. on the pumpkins
and by sprinkle I mean shake vigorously.
I started doing this step over the crockpot and I have to say that I loved
how grungy the last batch came out.

yes, I said batch, they were that fun to make!

the response from the visitors to the show was wonderful.
They smell like what autumn smells like to me.

well, minus burning leaves, which I love, but have recently discovered that Hannah thinks is awful!
awful, really?

Well, there you have it easy peasy and all autumn-like!
I'd love to know if you make these and what you think :)
I bet the craft stores will be having a mad clearance sale on the pumpkins
after Monday, and just in time to get some on the cheap for your Thanksgiving decor!



  1. Oh I can smell them from here! They are warming up my home & making me feel like buying a new sweater...well maybe I just want to buy a new sweater anyway but I am totally blaming you!!! Fun that you did these with Max! I am bookmarking & might try with Bo next year! No! I am pinning! Much better! Then I will remember where I tucked it away :)

  2. Okay so you didn't do with Max...I guess he made the pot :) Maybe that is even a better plan!

  3. Leave it to you to come up with something clever! Those are really cute too! I am going to look for some of the faux pumpkins to make these. I love the smell of cinnamon. I like the smell of gas and my kids think that is weird. I know how you feel.

  4. What a great idea. I can smell them through my screen here.

  5. These are adorable! I know the fragrance must be amazing!! xoxo

  6. You are one smart cookie. That recipie sounds yummy. - I mean would smell yummy. Thanks for the tutorial. I may try this one.


  7. Those look great and I bet smell even better!
    I am gonna have to try them!

  8. Hmmmmm, bet your home smells delicious!!

    LOVE LOVE that second photo!!!! *sigh*

  9. Good idea ! Thanks for sharing .

  10. They looks fantastic- Theresa, and like everyone else said: yes the smell must be wonderful--must have been so cosy, creating them,also.
    Thank`s for your tutorial, dear.

  11. What a fun and adorable project to share. Perfect for the fall season. Hope all is well with you Theresa


  12. So, no step-by-step pics - who cares? You did an amazing job in written word....I so wanna do this if they let me near melted wax..... ;o) LOVE!!! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin (Love Max's "pinch pot!!")

  13. This looks amazing, you sound so cool (I really enjoyed reading you as much as your craft) and I'm honored that you visited and left such a sweet comment in my humble blog!

    Also, your wax pumpkin looks amazing and I can literally smell it from here. I do not have any wax at the moment, but I do want to get my hands on these.

  14. I bet these smell fantastic. I assume you are doing this on ceramic pumpkins? Have you tried those faux ones from Michaels or fabric ones? Just curious before I take a shot at it. Love these!

  15. Wow Theresa, these are so wonderful!!! I can just smell there warm and spicy scent!
    You always create the most beautiful things!
    Have a lovely night.

  16. They look good enough to eat. Ok I must be hungry! Time to go home...haha
    Thanks for the tutorial. I'm not good at remembering to take all the pics either. My camera is full of half taken projects...uggh


  17. The aroma must be amazing. All my favorite delicious odors of the season. I love the smell of woodsmoke, burning leaves ... just speaks of Fall to me. :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Tammy

  18. Thanks for sharing these, Theresa! Looks like such a fun project for a cold weekend!

  19. I love this idea. Great decor and aromatherapy all at the same time!

  20. I can smell them all the way from here! Loved your tutorial. And I would strongly recommend the crockpot. The last time I melted wax in my doulbe boiler, I totally forgot about it until it had caught on fire. In my haste to put out said fire, I ran outside to the sandbox and grabbed some very wet sand. Let me just tell you that wet sand and fire is a very bad combination. The entire thing did a pretty good volcano imitation and blew up in my face. I had sand stuck in hot wax all over my face. So not good. Luckily I was only disfigured for a month... I still can't believe I did that, but I do now know how to create my very own volcano if the kids ever need one for school.

    Hope you are having a great fall. I am throwing a Halloween party for 250 kids tomorrow. Got to get back to making decorations!
    PS- tell Maz I loved his pinch pot. Malachi's favorite class is ceramics. Apparently he is the best in his class on the wheel. A very fine distinction. He is good at making pot.

  21. Wow, Theresa--You are the Pumpkin Queen!!! You do the most amazing things with pumpkins--these are gorgeous!!!

  22. Thanks for the tutorial, looks easy and fun.
    I'll hit the sales and try it with my kids.

  23. LoVe that ChiPPy-White Rusty Metal TOOL BOX!!!
    Jeanine Burkhardt


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