Project:  Autumn House

Created by Prudy Vannier, Helping Artist

Prudy Vannier owns and operates Prudy’s Studio, Inc., a publishing company for decorative art books and pattern packets specializing in acrylic painting. Vannier’s style is fun, whimsical, and lighthearted, which can be readily seen in her series of Fairy Door pieces. Learn more about Vannier on her Spotlight page or visiting her online at

This charming autumn house shows that nature can be a great and ceaseless source of mixed media materials. With a little imagination and some good glue, anything is possible. This house is embellished with leaves, moss, seeds, and bark that can be found just about anywhere.

DecoArt supplies

Americana Acrylics

  • DAO64 Burnt Umber
  • DA238 Canyon Orange
  • DAO67 Lamp Black
  • DA164 Light Buttermilk
  • DA194 Marigold

Dazzling Metallics

  • DA205 Copper
  • DAO76 Crystal Green

Paintable Textures

  • Texture Terra Cotta (any color)

Americana Mediums

  • DS106 Decou-Page Matte

Sealers / Finishes

  • DS17 Multi-Purpose Sealer

Additional supplies


  • Small artificial, carve-able pumpkin (available in most craft stores)
  • 8″ x 10″ natural wood plaque for mounting (available in most craft stores)
  • natural items such as seeds, moss, leaves, and bark


  • basic painting supplies
  • craft or utility knife
  • vine stencil
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • craft glue
  • decorative mini frames in antique brass finish
  • wood filler
  • #20 flat brush
  • Prudy’s Best Mops brush


  1. Use the craft/utility knife to cut the pumpkin in half.
  2. Hold the frame you selected up against the center of each half of the pumpkin, on the outside. Draw a pencil line around it and use this as your guide to cut out windows with the knife.
  3. Sand the edges and fill with wood filler to smooth them.
  4. Paint the edges Light Buttermilk and the inside stem area by pit-patting with Burnt Umber and Light Buttermilk.



  1. Carefully hold a portion of the vine stencil in place on the back half of the pumpkin, on the outside. With a palette knife, apply Texture Terra Cotta over it to create dimensional leaf patterns.
  2. Repeat as necessary, drying between.


  1. Paint the outside (except for the stem) with Copper, two coats. Dry.
  2. Double load the large flat with Copper and Black. Blacken the crevices and around the leaves. Mop to soften and blend. Dry.
  3. Pit-pat the inside with Canyon Orange, Marigold, Burnt Umber and Light Buttermilk. Mop to blend and soften.
  4. Paint the edges with Light Buttermilk.
  5. Glue the mini-frames to the outside to frame the windows.
  6. Create inside window frames with large seeds such as gourd seeds or pumpkin seeds.
  7. Spray lightly with a sealer to preserve.
  8. Attach the pumpkin to the wood plaque with glue, small nails or screws.

Embellishments and Furnishings

  1. Using hot glue and craft glue, make a floor with moss and leaves (use natural or silk). Add acorns, small stones, or pine cones, anything you think an autumn fairy would love.
  2. Add purchased miniature furniture and accents or make them. A table can be made from a stick and some bark, and an acorn cap makes a good dish. Have fun with it!
  3. Print the sign in Microsoft Word using the Harrington font. Use DecoArt Decou-Page to decoupage it to a piece of wood, then drill tiny holes and wire it to the stem.