Chevron Moss Pumpkin Tutorial
On my list of things to accomplish last week, one of the things was a chevron painted pumpkin. Now this sucker is painted (underneath all of that moss) but I couldn’t for the life of me figure out a way to just paint it and have it be kind of “me”.
I was literally walking down the aisle at the grocery store when I wrote down on my shopping list “MOSS chevron pumpkin! Yeah!”
Yup, I was very, very excited about this particular undertaking and left with my cold stuff still in the car and ran and grabbed a big old ball of moss from the craft store. Now I know that green isn’t typically an Autumn color, but it sure isn’t the craziest color I’ve seen implemented into fall decor! So grab your big ball of moss and let’s get it!
For this project you will need:
- Fake pumpkin (I prefer white)
- Green craft acrylic paint
- Moss (I bought mine in a ball, can also buy in the bag)
- Mod Podge
- Scissors, brush
Start drawing your first chevron line. Keep it neat because it will be the guide for your other lines above and below. You can use a piece of cardstock or cardboard to help draw your angles the same each go. I just used the swing tag off of the pumpkin itself.
Hand sketch your lines above and below your first line. Give it a good spin and make sure you’re happy with what you’ve just drawn before moving on.
Oh, and don’t use alcohol to remove your pencil lines nor water. The alcohol removes the paint, also, and you have to scrub so hard with water that it’s the same deal. Use a mild cleaner, like window cleaner and when you need to remove those lines or mess ups you’ll be golden.
Paint every other chevron row with your green paint. Allow to dry and give another coat if necessary.
Now this is going to be messy business, just so you know straight on. Take your Mod Podge and pour a pile out onto a piece of scrap paper or a paper plate. Brush the glue onto the painted areas and apply moss directly to the glue. Don’t try to make it perfect or fix things up… just stick moss to the glue as best you can and move on.
Continue going down each until every painted line is filled with moss. If you have any places where moss doesn’t want to stick for some unknown reason (and it WILL happen) simply sprinkle some of the weird moss dust left behind to fill that area in.
Allow to dry overnight without disturbing too much. And this was the mess I was talking about…
Next day take your pumpkin and a pair of SHARP scissors and trim so that your moss lines are also sharp all round the pumpkin. If you let your pumpkin dry overnight, there should be no problem with anything extra wanting to fall off at this point.
Set up with your fall decor and enjoy!
And the top of it makes a nifty star, which is always awesome in my book!
Even though it doesn’t match perfectly, it does go with the little bits and bobs of green in my fall leaf garland and I LOVE the look. Placed next to a white pumpkin that is plain really sets it off, too!
You can cover your pumpkin in just about anything if you’re not partial to moss. Maybe candy or glitter or sequins… the possibility are ENDLESS!