Today’s post has nothing to do with pressure cooking.  It also has nothing to do with food.  So I apologize.  It’s more of an Arts & Crafts DIY post.

It does have to do with pumpkins though, so I guess it kind of counts as food.  But it doesn’t count if you got yourself an inedible pumpkin like I did.  So NO FOOD FOR YOU!

Over 10-years ago, I read an awesome book called OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon and it was one of my favorite book series for a long time.  And I always heard rumors that they were going to make a movie or a TV series out of it.  So I waited and waited.  And the fan base for this book grew and grew over the years.  And we all waited and waited. And our patience finally paid off.  The STARZ network made the beloved book series into a beautiful adaptation for cable TV, produced by none other than Ronald D. Moore, who also did the awesome TV series Battlestar Galactica!!!  SO SAY WE ALL!

Anyway, check out the book and the TV series if you have never heard of it.  It takes place in Scotland mostly.  At least at the beginning.  And it’s a love story, a political story, a time-travel story.  Yeah, you heard me right.  Time travel!  Say what?!
Okay, this blog post is NOT about the book series, it’s about my pumpkin, dang it!  So let’s get to my pumpkin!

I decorated a lovely harvest pumpkin for the up-coming Autumn season and I used the Outlander series as my inspiration.  In the TV adaptation, the infamous wedding dress was crafted by the series’ costume designer, Terry Dresbach (who, mind you, is also married to Ronald D. Moore.)  And the dress was unbelievably amazing!  Like totally amazeballs!

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So I pretty much used that dress as inspiration and crafted my own lovely Outlander Wedding Pumpkin!!!  Bam!!!  Of course, it can never compare to Ms. Dresbach’s amazing design and creation.  But I tried my best.  And I wanted to share a little tutorial for it on how I decorated my pumpkin.

OutlanderWeddingPumpkin

Here is what you’ll need.

MATERIALS:

  • 1 10″ White Pumpkin (Fake or Real)
  • 1 Yard White Semi-Transparent Gauzy Fabric (Mine has a bit of crinkle texture to it.)
  • 1 Yard Silver Semi-Transparent Silver Fabric (Mine has a bit of crinkle texture to it.)
  • 1 Yard Dark Gray Denim or Wool Fabric
  • 1 Yard Silver Cording Trim (Not Pictured)
  • 1 Package of 150-300 Pins with Pearl Heads
  • 1 8oz. Container of Mod Podge (Or Glue)
  • 1 8oz. Fabric Glue
  • 1 Foam Brush
  • 2 Sheets of Leaf Pattern (You can Download Here)
  • Regular Scissors or Cuticle Scissors

Materials1

Materials2

Measure out the white semi-transparent fabric.  Cut out two separate sheets that is about 15″ x 15″.  You can trim off the excess afterwards.
Gather the fabric and using the pearl pins, start pinning them along the top of the pumpkin around the stem.  Wrap the fabric down to the bottom of the pumpkin and pin into place.  Trim off any excess fabric so the pumpkin can sit upright properly.

Do one panel on one side of the pumpkin, and the second panel on the opposite side.  See below photo.

Tutorial1

Do the same thing with the dark gray denim fabric.  Measure and cut out two separate sheets that is about 15″ x 15″.
Gather the gray fabric and using the pearl pins, start pinning them along the top of the pumpkin around the stem.  Wrap the fabric down to the bottom of the pumpkin and pin into place.  Trim off any excess fabric so the pumpkin can sit upright properly.

Do one panel on one side of the pumpkin, and the second panel on the opposite side.  See below photo.

Tutorial2

Don’t worry too much about the positions of the pins for now.  You can always fix those later and align them in a circular pattern so they look pretty.  Right now, you just want the fabric to be in position.

Just using the pins, the fabric should stay put if you pulled the fabric tight.  You can use glue to fix any spots if you like.

Now for the delicate silver leaf applique.  I completely forgot to take photos of this step, so bear with me.  It’s pretty simple though.

Cut out a small section of the silver fabric.

Brush the mod podge glue directly onto the print-out of the leaf pattern.  Do a little section at a time.  Now stick the silver fabric onto the leaf pattern.  Set aside to dry.  Or use a hair dryer.  Whatever you desire.  Do this for all the leaves on the print-out, depending on how much you want to put on your pumpkin.

Tutorial3

Once it is completely dry. You can trim the pattern out.  I used curved cuticle scissors.  They helped a lot and made the tedious work of trimming the leaves out so much easier and faster.  (The paper backing is suppose to stay glued to the silver fabric.  It will help with keeping the fabric sturdy and easier to glue to the pumpkin.)

Tutorial4

Use one small pin and pin the tip of the leaf pattern “stem” to the top area of the pumpkin.  And then carefully start dabbing glue onto the paper side of the leaf pattern and glue it down to the white fabric that’s on the pumpkin already.  Work in small sections at a time.

Tutorial5

I chose to do four sections of the leaf pattern with sporadic “drifts” of small individual leaves scattered around.  Here is a top view of the pumpkin with all the leaves on all four sections.

Tutorial7

Measure the silver cording rope out and cut out four individual strands.  Pin and glue them along the edges of each white fabric section.  See above photo and below photo to get an idea of where to position the silver cording.

Tutorial6

That’s pretty much it.  You can embellish it more with whatever you wish.  I added an extra large pumpkin leaf at the top by the pumpkin stem as well.  Here’s the Download for that if you like.  I used the same mod podge method.  I pinned the tip of the leaf stem to the pumpkin and it kept falling down flat, so I pinned a small pin into the pumpkin behind the leaf so the pin propped it up.

OutlanderWeddingPumpkin2

The pumpkin is perfect for any harvest dining centerpiece.  Dress it up with other small sugar pumpkins, flowers and pearls and it becomes an elegant floral arrangement.  Have fun!

Now it’s time to brainstorm Christmas Tree Ornaments!!!

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20 Comments

  1. Mistress FitzB on the 28. Oct, 2014 remarked #

    Lovely job! Want one (already made).

    • carla b. on the 22. Jul, 2015 remarked #

      Was really liking your blog… just bought my own Instant Pot PC… but now I think I’m going to love everything about it a bit more since you mentioned Outlander. I’m also a huge fan… my youngest is named Claire.. 🙂

  2. Michelle on the 28. Oct, 2014 remarked #

    This is so awesome. Congrats to you!

  3. Kathryn on the 28. Oct, 2014 remarked #

    OMG totally amazing!! Great job.

  4. Nancy on the 28. Oct, 2014 remarked #

    Beautiful and so creative. You should sell them on Etsy.

  5. Tonja (@tonjastweet) on the 28. Oct, 2014 remarked #

    This is amazing! A beautiful idea! May have to try something similar with a fake white pumpkin so I can keep it for many years. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Beth Allen on the 28. Oct, 2014 remarked #

    What an incredible job ! Love it

  7. acmathieu on the 28. Oct, 2014 remarked #

    really elegant.

  8. Susan Van Hoven on the 28. Oct, 2014 remarked #

    This is so creative and lovely. I agree with Tonya about being able to keep it and use it for a long time.

  9. Janet on the 29. Oct, 2014 remarked #

    You really captured the dress. Fantastic job. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Shery on the 29. Oct, 2014 remarked #

    would you sell the christmas ornaments?

    • patee333 on the 29. Oct, 2014 remarked #

      It depends on how they turn out.

  11. Nancy on the 30. Oct, 2014 remarked #

    It’s beautiful very creative

  12. Val on the 30. Oct, 2014 remarked #

    You are extremely talented! Very, very beautiful!

  13. Valerie on the 31. Oct, 2014 remarked #

    Beautiful! You are VERY talented. Are you going to make Christmas ornaments using Claire’s wedding dress as inspiration?

  14. Debbie Doebley on the 31. Oct, 2014 remarked #

    Beautiful! And looks so easy to make. Have to give it a try, Looking forward to other craft ideas too.

  15. Joy on the 01. Nov, 2014 remarked #

    Beautiful and doesn’t look to hard to make. Your are truly an Outlander fan.

  16. Samantha on the 24. Aug, 2015 remarked #

    I have read the outlander books and loved them I never knew they made a tv series of it though. Not sure if it made it to tv in the UK. I adore this pumpkin and if I can find a fake one come harvest time I will definitely be having ago at something similar but in grey and purple to match my decor… In the colours you have done it in they would make stunning centre pieces for a Autumnal wedding or party very Cinderella-esk

    • patee333 on the 24. Aug, 2015 remarked #

      The show is SOOOOO popular! Just do a quick search online. It’s gone international. You must watch it!

  17. Judy on the 30. Oct, 2015 remarked #

    A-MAZING! Inspired and truly beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing the how-to’s. Happy Halloween!

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