Velvet Pumpkin with Air-Dry Clay Stem
The velvet pumpkins are such a pretty addition to your Fall and Halloween décor. You can certainly have them out from September through Thanksgiving. One of the nicest ways to finish them is by adding a real pumpkin stem which adds a touch of realism and rustic charm. You can save them from your own pumpkins each year, or use ones you found at the market maybe. It is so interesting to see how many different shapes the stems take on while growing.
Sometimes you might need a certain size or a more whimsical look than you might have saved. I had one pumpkin stem that was my favorite, but it was too large for this little velvet pumpkin. So I used the real stem as inspiration for making one the right size.. This one is made of an air dry clay. It will say "air dry" on the package. Sometimes it might be paper clay, but there are other kinds as well. The one shown here is a paper clay type. It is very easy to use, and you can keep it from drying out by when you store it for longer periods of time by keeping a damp paper towel in a plastic bag with it.CONTINUE READING