Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Watch Us Wednesday Re-Run: Fall Decor Tutorial with Audrey Pettit

For this week's Watch Us Wednesday segment of the blog, we are RE-RUNNING a popular tutorial posted by past Designer Audrey Pettit. We just know you'll enjoy making your variation of this fun layered pumpkin for your fall decor. Enjoy!

Hi everyone! Audrey here with a fun fall decor idea for our Watch Us Wednesday Tutorial here at The Kraft Journal. This week's challenge is Lavish Layers, and this little pumpkin is just perfect for it, as it is just that........lots and lots of layers. 10 paper rosette layers, as a matter of fact.

If you have an Archiver's in your area, you may have seen this pumpkin and its accompanying project sheet there. I could not wait to try it out for myself, being the pumpkin lover that I am.

To get started, you will need:
8 (12x12) sheets of solid cardstock or double-sided patterned cardstock for the pumpkin
1 sheet of cardstock or patterned paper for the leaves
1 sheet of Brown Kraft Coverweight Cardstock for the stem
1" circle punch
score board
glue gun

1. Start with the center rosette for the pumpkin. Cut (3) 3.5" x 12" strips and score every 1/2" with a score board.
2. Punch (2) 1" circles. You will need two of these for each layer.
3. Fold the paper strips back and forth like an accordion.

4. Adhere the three paper strips together to create one long piece. The original instructions suggested using Tiny Attacher staples. I used Tacky Glue.
5. Adhere the ends together to make a circle.

6. Push downward on the top edges of the accordion, until it flattens, and then push it together towards the center to create a rosette. Hold in place.
7. Using a glue gun, place hot glue on the center of the rosette and add a 1" circle. Once the glue has set, flip the rosette over and adhere another circle to the other side. Edge the rosette with brown chalk ink. You now have the center for your pumpkin.

8. Repeat these steps using the diagram for the sizes and quantity of strips for each layer working your way down and then towards the top.
9. Once you have adhered all 10 layers, you will have your pumpkin shape.

10. For the stem, cut strips from Brown Kraft Coverweight Cardstock. (The directions call for 12" strips, however 11" strips work equally well.) Cut fringe into each strip of cardstock and edge with brown chalk ink. Apply a thin bead of hot glue using the glue gun along the uncut edge and roll the cardstock into a tight circle. Add the next strip, followed by the third. Adhere stem to the top of the pumpkin using hot glue.

11. Decorate your pumpkin as desired with trim, wire and buttons. I added a bow of Adelaide Seam Binding and Hang Tag String, along with an orange button. Die cut or hand cut leaves from green cardstock or patterned paper. Add curly-q wires for pumpkin vine.

Don't forget that you still have until Sunday at 6:00 p.m., Eastern time to enter your "Shape it Up" project into our current challenge! For more information click on our Current Challenge link located in the upper righthand of our sidebar.


  1. Wow!!! Thank you, I definitely gonna try to make some! Have a sunny day, Colinda

  2. Genius, I adore it and have just sent for a Rosette die (a bit lazy)doing it by hand on my scoreboard, so dying to try this out, how fab for Halloween.
    Thank you for sharing. A brillinat idea, clever old you!

  3. This is awesome and I HAVE to make one for myself. TFS

  4. Awwwww too cute!
    I love it!


  5. OMG! Fabulous! I'm gonna have to try this. Thanks for the tut. xxD


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