Brown Zebra & Burlap Decoupage Pumpkins

Thursday, September 6, 2012

"Tis a lesson you should heed;
try, try, try again.
If at first you don't succeed, 
try, try, try again."
-by British Writer, W.E. Hickson

One of those "aha" moments rang through my head,
when I spotted the pumpkins and a roll of interesting wallpaper at a yard sale.

The pumpkins, 50 cents each.

The wallpaper, $1.00!

Grand visions of beautiful textured pumpkins,
achieved by decoupaging!

But first, I painted the stems brown...

Cut strips of the wallpaper,
and began to decoupage my little heart out!

And much to my disappointment,
what I was creating was one hot mess!

Even after wetting the wallpaper with water, 
and applying the decoupage glue,
it wasn't pliable enough to adhere and lay right on the pumpkin's curves!

Being a curvaceous woman myself, 
you'd think I'd know all about covering up some curves?  ha!

So what to do...

...try, try, try again!

I cut strips of brown zebra printed fabric,
purchased at an upholstery store going out of business, for $3.50 a yard,
and slapped them on the pumpkin!

For the second pumpkin,
I used strips of burlap,
topping them both off with a ribbon of twine.

So, old Mr. Hickson was onto something...
if things don't quite work out,
do try, try, try again!

You might just succeed on the second go-around! :)


Linking Post To:
Vintage Inspiration @ Common Ground
{Go over and visit, it's Debra's 2nd Anniversary of 
Vintage Inspiration Blog Party,
and she has some great giveaways offered to celebrate!}

Share Your Creations @ Kristen's Creations

Fridays Unfolded @ Stuff and Nonsense

Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas

Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home

Inspiration Friday @ At the Picket Fence

Masterpiece Monday @ Boogieboard Cottage

Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House

Cowgirl Up Party @ Cedar Hill Ranch

Centerpiece Wednesday @ The Style Sisters

Wednesday's Goodies @ Confetti Diaries

Tiptoe Through Tuesday @ Tiaras and Bowties

Primp Your Pumpkins @ Debbiedoos


  1. Hi Rhonda! Love your decopaged pumpkins! They are getting me in the mood to take down the summer decorations and move on into Fall (even though in the South, it doesn't FEEL much different than summer right now, does it?)

  2. HI Rhonda, just dropped in. How cute those pumpkins are! Drop by my blog and check out mine. Linda

  3. Rhonda, those are so cute! Perfect for fall! I can only imagine how pretty the wallpaper would have looked, had it worked out. But, in the end, sometimes things work out even better! These are perfect!

  4. Loved the way they turned out...the zebra one is so chic!!...Great buy for 50 cents!!...I love the jute twine around the stems!!...You did a fantastic them!

  5. Those pumpkins turned out beautifully. I would have never thought the burlap would work, because it's so stiff, but it's awesome! Love them both!

  6. Oh my goodness, these are just too doggone cute! I think this was one of those "happy mistakes!"

  7. Rhonda:

    I love your pumpkins, especially love the burlap ones! Such a cute project! Thanks for sharing and visiting my blog with your sweet comments.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  8. Hi Rhonda! Your persistency paid off - your little pumpkins are so cute!
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  9. I never thought about decoupaging with fabric and now I can't wait to try it. I am sure you will find other uses the wallpaper. I used a simulair wallpaper to line the back of my china hutch.

  10. These pumpkins are gorgeous. You did a wonderful job! I am glad you tried and tried again.:-)

  11. I'm glad you had to try again bz these are fabulous! What can't Rhonda do?! Your creative mind amazes and inspires me. Way to go!

  12. Love the pumpkins. Ya just can't go wrong with anything zebra print as far as I am concerned :)

  13. I love these! So pretty! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Friday's Unfolded. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  14. Rhonda, they are SO unique and I LOVE the mix of zebra and burlap!! I can totally see your vision with the wallpaper, that would have been cute, too!

  15. I LOVE these! I think I am going to try and make some! I wish we had zebra burlap here! Seriously!

    Thanks so much for inspiring me today!


  16. Love love love! Thanks for stopping by for our Pretty Things Party. Hope to see you again next week!

  17. Oh my gosh so so cute! Good thing you didnt give up because they turne out amazing! Please come link up to centerpiece Wednesday (tomorrow a day early) and share your adorable pumpkins with us.

  18. these pumpkins looks fantastic, I love how you've updated them:)

  19. love your pumpkins!
    New Follower :)

  20. My mom loves zebra striped items - bet she would like that pumpkin!

    Popped in from the Cowgirl Up blog hop.

  21. How fun! And you even used paper mache pumpkins. They can now be used year after year as a decoration. What a great idea!

    I wanted to invite you to share your idea on our blog's link party this week. I think would be great inspiration for my readers.

    Thanks again for sharing!

  22. Great idea! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  23. Love these so much I gotta feature them today! Hope you will link up again this week!
    Scissors & Spatulas

  24. Great creativity! Thanks for linking to Cowgirl Up this week- I shared your post on my fb page today. Grab a "I was Featured Button" !
    :) Samantha @ Crafty Texas Girls

  25. I'm glad you didn't give up! I absolutely love love love that zebra pumpkin! I'd love for you to stop by my blog and link these to our Tuesday party! I'm following you also! Can't wait to get looking around!

  26. Those are so beautiful! I bought those same two pumpkins at Joann's a few weeks ago. This gives me inspiration to do something with them.

  27. These look great! Awesome job. Thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru Tuesday. I hope we see you next week.

  28. Cute pumpkins!

    Linking from Debbidoos,
    Ricki Jill

  29. Rhonda I just saw these featured over at Debbiedoo's. LOVE THEM!!


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