Country Pumpkin Pins

Welp, it’s official. It’s FALL! My favorite!!! We had all kinds of big plans and didn’t end up doing any of them…instead we did all kinds of fun, FALL stuff! We got pumpkins from a road side stand and I just LOVE the white ones…

Got out the Halloween decorations including my new OWL from one of my favorite stores, Roses in the Hedgerow! Check out the little rusty bottle caps for eyes with a black bead sewn in the middle, and a Fimo nose. Man, I wish I could sew!!!

I got a ton of crafting done for the Kendall Scarecrow Festival in a few weeks! I made some more pumpkin pins, but this time in a more country themed, using rusty tin pumpkins and stars!

Here’s how, incase you’d like to make some! I start with rusty tin shapes that I order in bulk from rusty

Paint them up with a burnt orange…

Glue on the pin backs with Dazzle Tac, NOT hot glue. With hot glue, the pin backs snap right off. The Dazzle Tac is a jewelry glue and will hold that pin back there forever!

I lightly dry brushed  some dark brown on the side to give the pumpkin some subtle texture and added the little green curly-cue vine. Then glued on the stars with a tiny bit of Dazzle Tac. Last year I did some black pumpkins too, which were really cute.

I pinned them on my grubby hang tags for sale/display. I can then hang them up OR throw em in a basket.

Meanwhile my latest batch of silicone bulbs were curing in the basement that I dipped Friday night. TIP: I found that using less spices in my silicone mixture made it much easier to work with and the tips came out better and smoother. The trick is adding just enough to get your “warm, cozy glow” but not too much to muck up the silicone! See my original silicone dipped bulbs tutorial here.

The bases sit…waiting for their bulbs!

These have been hot sellers at the co-op so I figured why not put some more out there, too! These have become one of my “signature” items. 🙂

Well guess that’s all for today. So much has been going on, I feel like I haven’t sat down since I opened my booth in April. I wanted something to keep me busy and motivated, and boy did I get it! Have a great week everyone and enjoy this wonderful Fall while it lasts…! 🙂

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cindy
    Sep 26, 2011 @ 13:44:45

    Great pumpkin pins!! I’ve made some like that in years past for my Fall show.
    Love your candle jar with the pumpkin/crow label.
    Have a great week.


  2. teeny
    Sep 26, 2011 @ 20:12:16

    Love the pins, they are too cute. Mel and I have been wearing the other ones as well. Love the front porch too. White pumpkins are my favorite!


  3. Mardell
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 12:40:43

    Hi Maggie,
    Your pins are adorable! You’re so clever. Yes, this weather is wonderful, isn’t it? Supposed to get alot chillier by the end of the week. We have alot of leaves turning/falling at our house. Love this time of year.

    Good luck at the Scarecrow festival. Is it in the town of Kendall? Never heard of this.

    The owl is adorable. I have to check out her sight. Wish I could sew, too. Sigh.
    Have a great week! :o)


  4. Kelsey
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 23:25:04

    So many wonderful crafting ideas here!!! I am lovin it ♥ By chance do you know how to make the rough painted jars for candles like the one in your photo? I saw these at our local craft fair and would love to know how to do it!!!
    Blessings, Kelsey


    • Eyeballs By Day, Crafts By Night
      Dec 07, 2011 @ 09:52:53

      Thanks Kelsey! I did not make that particular jar candle but I am pretty sure I know how to do it. It’s a mixture of spices (mostly cinnamon, and probably some coffee grounds) that you roll the candle in. First you coat the jar with mod podge or white glue, roll it in the spices and let dry. Then coat again with the mod podge to seal it. You can do that multiple times for a grubbier effect. I have tried it on smaller jars and it came out pretty close to the one in that pic! Good luck, hope that helps! ~Maggie 🙂


  5. Amy
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 10:09:25

    Great ideas cant wait to try some of them thanks


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