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Fall Half Pumpkin Craft for a Fun DIY Door Project

Reported by Maria del Pinto

DIY Half Pumpkin Fall Outdoor Decoration Tutorial

My family loves fall! We look forward to decorating indoors and outdoors using the beautiful rich warm fall tones of pumpkins, falls leaves, scarecrows, and other harvest themed items. Since we live in southern California, we do not have the change of seasons that many other areas enjoy. We have to create our own fall season decorations and decorate to make it feel more like the traditional image of fall. Planning craft projects like this fall half pumpkin craft with the beautiful colors of leaves as they change from green to brown is always fun, but we have to purchase ours at the craft stores (there is a lack of trees in my area of the city) to decorate with.

Fall Flowers and Leaves

Each year we look forward to crafting in the fall as a family. We plan and work together to make easy pumpkin themed decorations for our home. Usually we shop at the dollar store to keep within our budget but when my local Michaels store put their half pumpkins on sale for 60% off, we realized we could have some fun crafting with those too. We picked up a few, and this is the project I created with mine.

Michaels Stores Half Pumpkins
Michaels Stores Half Pumpkins

**Disclaimer: Deco Foil sent me a sample of their foils and one of their adhesive pens to test out so I decided to use it in this project. My thanks to the folks at Deco Foil for their generosity in sending me these supplies to use. Some links below may be affiliate links that support the operation of this site by paying a commission when you make a purchase.

Materials Needed:

Deco Foil Adhesive Pens and Foils

Step 1:

Remove tags from the pumpkin and clean it off. Then, using the pencil, either freehand or use a stencil to write your greeting across the front of the pumpkin. (I like using a pencil because I can erase my work and do it over if I do not like it.)

Start by writing your message in pencil.
Start by writing your message in pencil.

Step 2:

Using the Déco Foil Adhesive Pen, trace over your lettering. Allow the adhesive to dry for 30 seconds to 60 seconds.

Step 3:

Apply the Déco Foil Transfer Sheet onto the adhesive. Using your fingers burnish the foil onto the adhesive. Press firmly to allow it to transfer. (Tip: You can see below what happened when I did not burnish it enough. To fix it, I just put another piece of the foil over it and burnished it again.)

Step 3 - using the foils

Step 4:

I like using glue dots with foils because they are an easy way to add accents to projects. To use them, just take the glue dots and adhere them to the pumpkin. You can create a pattern or place them wherever you like. If your glue dot doesn’t stick well, just remove it and try again with another one.

Step 5:

Apply the Déco Foil Transfer Sheet onto the adhesive. Press firmly and burnish it with your fingers to allow it to transfer fully. If you find any empty spots, just cover the dot with a different piece of the Déco Foil and burnish it gently onto the spot. Do not burnish the foil as hard as the first time because it may create a cracked effect on the dot (unless that is something you are trying to achieve).

Use glue dots with the foil to add accents to your projects.

Step 6:

Using a glue gun, adhere the leaves and flowers to the top of the pumpkin. Once you are happy with the arrangement, hang up the fall half pumpkin craft.

 How do you decorate for the fall? Do you go scary Halloween or more autumn seasonal?

Leave a comment below and let us know!

Martha Stewart Tissue Paper Flower Bouquet Kit

Reported by Erika Martin

I’m a sucker for flowers and paper crafts, so the Martha Stewart Tissue Paper Flower Bouquet Kit was very intriguing to me. Tissue paper has always been a favorite of mine since I was in preschool and cut little pieces, glued them all over wax paper and made a child’s version of a sun catcher.

I’ll start by saying that I love the final result. The flowers are beautiful, and the color combination is stunning. However, it took a lot longer to put together than I would have expected, and I had to tweak things along the way. The kit is definitely worth the money and creates a beautiful centerpiece that will never wilt or die – the best kind of flowers!
The kit comes with all of the tissue paper already pre-cut, which makes things SO much easier. All the flower pieces are stacked and scored together, so you don’t have to count out colors or pieces. The kit came with everything to make 24 flowers; they fill out a flower vase very nicely.

There are three different types of flowers in this kit. An accordion petal flower, a folded petal flower, and a bubble petal flower. There are also leaves, stems, floral tape, stamens and small styrene balls for 6 of the flower centers. An instruction sheet is included with color photos and directions. The directions were very simplistic and didn’t seem so intimating with just two sides of an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet, but in keeping the pictures and directions at a minimum, it made it a little hard for some of the finer parts of putting together the folded petal and bubble petal flowers.

I started with what I found to be the easiest of the flowers to create – the accordion petal flower. The pieces were all scored so that folding the accordions were a breeze.

A few quick steps and I had 3 large and 6 small amazingly soft and beautiful looking flowers.

I did the folded petal flowers next and this was where I realized the instructions weren’t quite as adequate as I would have liked. The first step of folding the wire around the middle of the petals was easy enough. The second step of wrapping the tissue paper around the styrene balls was also easy, though I was a little confused at first of which tissue paper should be used for it since it was cut the same size as the bubble petal flowers and the directions didn’t say which color to use. Wrapping the ball, wire and floral tape was a little awkward but I eventually got the hang of it. I think it would have worked better with a second set of hands to help. The directions said to fan the petals out around the center, but this was rather difficult and because the petals were wired in place, it didn’t look anything like what was shown on the packaging.

The petals kept wanting to go back to their original position. This was where I tweaked things. I twisted the petals around to make them stick out more and give them stability, rather than just hanging down like they were when I followed the directions. The ball in the center didn’t really quite end up in the center when I was done, but with working the petals around a bit, I got it as close as I could.

The bubble petal flowers were the hardest to do of the 3 types of flowers, but I adore the look of these flowers the most out of the 3. This was another group of flowers where I could have used an extra set of hands. I found that wrapping the stamens together with floral tape first helped when assembling the flowers. This is something that’s not in the directions but made it much easier.

I was a little confused with the number of sheets of tissue to use for these flowers as the directions called for 9 sheets for each at first, but later on only called for 5 each.

When wrapping the stems around the base of the flowers, I found that it was necessary to have a pair of wire pliers on hand. The green stem wires are very sturdy, but they’re also hard to bend around at the end with just your fingers. If there’s any wire ends sticking out, it’s hard to wrap the floral tape around them. A quick clamping action with some wire pliers is all it took to get rid of the sharp ends.

The leaves were already cut and prepped on a wire so they were easy to either wrap around a flower stem or just slide into a vase as is.

The kits retail for $10, which I think is a really good deal for the amount of flowers that you can make out of it.


  • Great price for over-all value.
  • Kit comes with all the pieces cut, scored and separated.
  • Beautiful color combination and different kits to choose from.


  • Instructions weren’t as detailed and inclusive as I would have preferred.
  • If you’re looking for a fast project, this is not it. It looks rather quick to put together, but be prepared to put about 6+ hours into it, as there’s 24 stems to wrap floral tape around and arranged the tissue paper takes time.

Have you tried any of the Martha Stewart tissue paper bouquet kits? What have you used them for? Wedding bouquets? Centerpieces? Something else? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Posi-Bendr Bow-Easy

Reported by Suzy Haghighi

The Posi-Bendr Bow-Easy is a simple yet handy invention for tying the perfect bow quickly and easily. Before I get into my review of the Bow-Easy, allow me the indulgence of a bit of reminiscing about the woman behind this tool. After all, the crafting industry is a personal one; paper and glue bond more than our cards together.

Valera Scott has been in the crafting industry for 40 years and has shaped the industry in amazing ways. She has so many wonderful stories to tell. In a brief e-mail interview she mused about the early days of crafting: “The first trade show we had shown the Bow-Easy at was the HIA (now CHA) show in Chicago in about 1982. They had a one day consumer show the Saturday prior to the Trade Show opening on Sunday. That HIA show was also the first show to introduce the use of using embossing powders with ink and rubber stamps. I remember it was extremely hard to get Ranger (then the predominant embossing powder house in the country) to even sell to us. They had no idea what this “Craft Industry” thing was and really were not interested in participating. As with many of our inventions, we were about a decade too early. Needless to say, we could not get the “craft stores” interested. It was just too different at that time.”

The invention of the Bow-Easy came about in 1980 when Valera was only 10 years old and crafting with her mother Betty Scott. As they sat making hundreds of very small bows for a charity project, the invention of the Bow-Easy dawned upon Betty.

Stamp by Toodles & Binks

How It Works
The Bow-Easy is a flat, plastic slotted tool about 4.5×4.5 inches square. It goes beyond dowel and fingers to not only be an extra hand for you as you loop ribbon into a bow, but also to help shape the bow into a perfect pretty little thing.

The original Bow-Easy, which retails for $6 US, can make seven sizes of bows: 3/4 inch, 1 inch, 1 1/4, 1 3/8, 1 3/4, 2 3/8, and 2 3/4 using widths of ribbon from super thin cord style to 3/4 inch wide ribbon.

I admit I had quite the time figuring the instructions out. I am a visual learner and the 2D illustrations and written instructions got me quite confused. I was ready to give up but then I saw Jerri Jimenez’s Video Tutorial, and Sharon Johnson’s wonderful Picture Tutorial. When you realize that each “leg” is a loop of your bow, and the middle slot is where the knot will be, it is a lot easier to understand. You are looping around the whole leg (both sets) then dividing the large loop into a bow by running a tail of ribbon through the center slot. As I make bows “rabbit ears” style, which starts with two loops, this concept was hard for me to grasp at first.


  • Gorgeous Bows – even teeny tiny ones look perfect!
  • Double and triple loop bows
  • Inexpensive
  • Made of sturdy plastic that will last


  • Legs not marked for size
  • Written instructions were difficult for me to follow

I do recommend practicing on some cheap ribbon that you do not mind ruining until you get the hang of it. Once I figured out how to use it, I fell in love with the Bow-Easy. I admit to being a previously bow-challenged kind of crafter. No longer do I need to tinker and pull and twist forever to make a bow look pretty. Yay! While the instructions say that you are limited to up to 3/4 width ribbon, I found that one set of legs allowed for 1 1/2 inch wide ribbon or even wider if you scrunch it temporarily. Posi-Bendr now makes a larger Bow-Easy that will make larger flat bows in 4, 5, 6 and 8 inch sizes.

The original Bow-Easy retails for $6; the larger Bow-Easy #2 retails for $10.