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Mental Health Crafting-Mod Podge Flower Pumpkins

I swear to GOD this is the last post about pumpkins this fall.

Promise.

Pinky swear.

Honestly, I wasn’t even going to write about it but Rebecca sent me this idea a few weeks ago and we decided to do some “mental health crafting” one glorious fall day when the stars lined up and we both happened to be free.

When you get days like that, you need to do a craft with your friend, go to lunch with your mom, sit and have a deep talk with your child, go to breakfast with your husband alone.

Those days are gold.

And I am lucky enough to have a blog to share some of those golden moments with all of you because sharing the good stuff spreads good around like seeds of wildflowers.

Speaking of flowers (do I know how to segue or what??), Rebecca sent me a video of a craft she thought looked pretty cool via Facebook Messenger.

Random- I love watching videos like these because this is all my brain can handle. Have you noticed your attention span has dwindled since the advent of social media?

Sad, isn’t it?

Back to the video, so I responded and said I would love to make one of these with her.

This you need to know about Rebecca- she is very artistic.

Like, she really should be famous.

I’m not just saying that because she is my best friend and reads my blog, she is obscenely talented.

She used to journal on a blog years ago with her artwork, and if you follow her on Instagram, you get to see just a sample of it.

I would normally share links here but not sure she wants that publicity.

Because as insanely talented as she is, she is insanely humble.

I’ve said it before, and I will say it again, everyone deserves a Rebecca.

Here’s is what you’ll need:

Mod Podge (in the glue aisle at craft stores) 

White pumpkin (the carvable kinds but if you can’t find those, the other ones should work but NOT ceramic) 

Pretty leaves

Paintbrushes 

*We also had coffee and oatmeal cookies too, and I would advise you to as well. MENTAL HEALTH COMES IN ALL FORMS. 

Oh and here is a little bonus tip- dip oatmeal cookies into caramel sauce.

DO. IT.

Okay, we had our coffee, and our caramel dipped oatmeal cookies, let’s do this!

Start with your plain pumpkin (we found ours at Target for five dollars):

This is part of the mental health portion of this project, go into your yard and take it all in. If you live in the Midwest, Fall is happening right NOW. Stop reading this post and go outside. Touch the leaves on the ground, inhale the fresh air, listen to the trees in the wind. I sound like a douche commercial but for real, take it in even just for a couple of minutes.

I’ll wait.

mod podge

Rebecca brought some picks from her hydrangea bush which is so pretty.

These are some of my maple tree leaves from the backyard (don’t worry, they were already on the ground, so no harming of any plants in this post):

I also had some vines from my front planters that we used for some green, as well as some Coleus from my back planters that was overflowing:

We cleaned off the leaves (not the hydrangeas though because if you clean a hydrangea, you will only have a stem left), and started the next mental health portion of the craft: mod podge-ing!

You will want something on the workspace as not to get Mod Podge everywhere. It looks like a giant Target commercial up in there but I swear this isn’t a paid post sponsored by Target.

We painted the leaves on the underside with Mod Podge, then placed the leaves onto the pumpkin and lathered them up with more Mod Podge so they would stick.

So if you’ve never used Mod Podge before, you’re in for a little surprise. It looks like shit when you’re in the process. Trust the process.

Using Mod Podge could actually be a life lesson. Sometimes when you are in the middle of something, it looks like shit, but if you trust the process, you will end up with something much better. AND everyone’s version of better is different. Like mine looked different than Rebecca’s and old me, pre-therapy me, would have been all OMG MINE LOOKS ICKY COMPARED TO YOURS. But now, I love mine. Mine is good, it’s not hers. It’s mine. And it’s different which makes it even better.

Plus there’s the whole pulling Mod Podge off of your fingers after the craft which is a whole other level of therapy for me.

You can’t tell from her hands but we were slap-happy at this point because the stupid little buggers wouldn’t stick to the pumpkin.

DIDN’T THEY REALIZE THIS IS GOING INTO A BLOG POST.

SMH.

But after some serious slathering of Mod Podge, because let’s be honest, when am I gonna use it again, the flowers and leaves stuck:

When you’re done, let it sit to dry for a day or so and when you do, you will have this:

Looks like a work of art, and I’m not even an artist.

But seriously, dip your oatmeal cookies in caramel.

 

I love to write about my family, John Hughes, tacos and Bruce Hornsby. Not necessarily in that order.

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