Published on November 14th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain1
Heavenly Scented Fall Decor
Tammy and I have been talking for a while about having guest designers here on our blog.
I have some of the most talented friends!
When they share awesome stuff, well, I get so excited to create! Please welcome my dear friend, Andrea.
She is so talented…
She’s such a wonderful lady, and her talent is beyond scrapbooking. She is an amazing crafter and decorator.
When she shares photos of her holiday decor, I am in awe.
Her home is beautifully accented with her mix of decor, and how awesome that she makes some of her own home decor items.
Look at these miniature cinnamon dough pumpkins! Heavenly Scented Fall Decor! Gahh! Soo cute!
Here’s a quick and easy dough recipe that I used to create some cute and festive pumpkin bowl fillers to sit out and about for the Fall season. All you do is:
- Mix together 2 cups of applesauce and 2 cups of cinnamon. (Add more cinnamon if it’s too wet, or more applesauce if it’s too dry).
- Roll the dough out into round balls to the desired size of pumpkin you’d like. (You may want to roll into more cinnamon to smooth it out and so it is not too sticky).
- Score approx. 6 lines around the pumpkin with a butter knife edge.
- Stick or push a twig or cinnamon stick into the top of pumpkin for its stem before baking.
- Bake in the oven for an hour on the lowest oven setting. (I placed them on a sheet of parchment paper on top of my baking pan.)
- Keep turning the pumpkins and allow them to continue air drying for the next 3 days. Now after these lil’ cuties dry, according to the type/brand of cinnamon used, some pumpkins may appear to be more brown in color than rust orange.
If your pumpkins are more brown, and you prefer more of an orange hue… or white (because the white pumpkins happen to be my very favorite), you can easily paint them with an acrylic craft paint.
I did this to mine, and if you are worried that they will lose their fabulous aroma, don’t worry… they still smell fragrantly Fall-ish!
All you need to do, is lightly swipe or dry-brush the surface of the pumpkins with a dry bristle brush. There is no need to apply a heavy coating of the paint, and you don’t need to paint the bottoms either.
After applying the paint, I also gently worked in a bit more of cinnamon onto the painted areas. For this, I just use my finger tips. This technique helps to give them a more rustic, vintage and distressed look too, which I love!
For the most part, your pumpkins are now complete. If you want, you may also add more embellishing around the stick stem if you desire. Perhaps tie a piece of jute to the stem or add some curly grapevine to the base.
You could also add some Spanish moss with a dab of hot glue or some colored raffia. Now all that is left to do, is to set these pumpkins around your home and enjoy the delicious smell and colors of Fall!
How wonderful are those pumpkins?
When I first saw them I about died they were soo adorable!
If you’d like to see more of her work, Andrea has a wonderful blog !
Thank you so much to Andrea for sharing today!
What are your favorite ways to add scents and touches of fall to your home?