October 2019 VIP Crafters Club

Hey VIPs!! Happy October!

For our October project, we will be making some papier-mâché pumpkins! The pumpkin structure is made from multiple layers of cardstock, then using masking tape and papier-mâché we will form the structure of the pumpkins!

Alternatively, you have an option to make a mini Papier-mâché Christmas tree!
There is a LOT of room to be creative with this project! You can paint them, glitter them, bling them, add fall leaves or flowers, make ’em silly with googly eyes… whatever you want! This month I want to see what creativity you all have that is waiting to come out. For mine, I spray painted one of them silver, and for the other one I did some gold leafing (I will show you all exactly how in the tutorial, also coming soon).

Soooo, this month we are having a pumpkin decorating contest!! And the prize will be a new Cricut EasyPress Mini!! Who is game? Let’s see those creative pumpkins! I will post pictures on my main Facebook page and we will put them to a vote.. but most of all I want it to be fun! (More details on the contest rules to come.)

Included in this month’s files are some cute seasonal designs as well as many that can be used all year round! One of my favorite files this month is a little box design – you can tie a ribbon and hang it like an ornament or just use it as a wedding or party favor. It can hold candy, ornaments, or a small gift. You can also add some vellum on the inside of the little decorative window. I will do a live video to show you all how to assemble it as well sometime this month.

The details for the crafting party and the materials needed are below. Please let me know if you have any questions at all. I will also be updating this page throughout the month, as well as the Facebook page – and important updates will also be emailed to you.

Thank you so much for being here! I’m so excited for this month!


When: Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 4:30pm PST
(Note: a replay will be made available for those who cannot attend live)

Where: https://zoom.us/j/820164029

Project: Papier-mâché pumpkins or trees

Please bring your favorite drink, a snack or appetizer and be ready to
participate on video (not required, but encouraged)!


Materials List

If you’re like me, there’s a good chance you have a lot of these materials already lying around! I’ve outlined below what you’ll need to create this project with me. Not all of it is required, and I’ve listed which ones are optional below. Feel free to customize your project as you like – remember, this is your project! This list shows what I’ve used (or very similar items, since not everything can be found online). Looking forward to our Crafting Party!! (Note: this list contains affiliate links)

  1. Card stock (you’ll be cutting 10-12 each of the same shape for each pumpkin you’re making, so you’ll need a lot of paper) I used Colorbok brand  smooth 78lb paper found at Walmart, also linked here

  2. Light grip cutting mat – you need a light grip mat so that your cardstock doesn’t get ruined
  3. Newspaper (avoid the shiny advertising kind and get the dull, matte kind of traditional newspaper) cut into strips

  4. Masking Tape – I used 1.41″ thick (36 mm)
  5. All purpose flour, water and a bowl for papier-mâché mixture. Ratio is 1 part flour to 2 parts water – start with 1/2 cup of flour + 1 cup water and go from there
  6. Craft paint
  7. (Optional) Metallic Spray Paint
  8. (Optional) Adhesive Vinyl (if you are cutting anything to decorate the outside of the pumpkin with)
  9. (Optional) Gold Leaf and Gold Leaf Adhesive (if you’d like to give gold leafing a try! I’m obsessed with it!!)
  10. Anything else you’d like to use to decorate your pumpkins! Glitter, paint, googly eyes, autumn leaves, twine – let’s see what you guys can come up with!
  • Cutting Mats, All types

    Supplies $15.00
  • Gold Leaf

    Supplies $9.99
  • Gold Leaf Adhesive

    Supplies $6.43
  • Painter’s Tape

    Supplies $6.29
  • Smooth Cardstock 12x12in

    Supplies $5.00

Quick Overview

A detailed step-by-step video tutorial is coming in a few days! However… for those of you who are excited to get started, here is a VERY basic overview below. If you are new to using your machine, I highly recommend waiting until the step-by-step video tutorial is posted before attempting the project. In the mean time, you can work on obtaining any materials you might need (see left).

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