This Halloween, why not try something a little bit different and make a Halloween pumpkin that compliments your interior scheme.
Black is the new orange! Display a spooky message or motif on your pumpkin.
Coat the surface with chalkboard spray-paint. Let dry, then use a white chalk marker to add a festive phrase or illustration. Hosting a Halloween party? You can also write your menu on a pumpkin and display it for guests to see!
Tie on country charm with this rustic fabric.
Secure a strip of narrow burlap ribbon to the top of the shell using hot-glue, then run ribbon along the side of the pumpkin and secure it to the bottom with glue. Repeat as desired. Twist ribbon to add two curled tendrils at the top. Secure with hot-glue. (Wired or coiled ribbon will hold its shape best.)
For a playful children’s pumpkin, wrap tree branch “antlers” with yarn for a colourful woodland creature.
Start with a plain white pumpkin, such as Lumina. Wind yarn tightly around branches in a colour-blocked pattern, using an image as a guide. Secure loose yarn ends to branches with hot-glue. To insert antlers, drill two holes into the upper third of the shell, angling the drill bit down so antlers stick up, not out. Attach button eyes, a triangle felt nose, and pin-ched felt triangle ears with hot-glue.
Put a friendly face on this clever fella with playful coiled yarn.
Outline face onto the surface in pencil. For eyes, hot-glue black and orange yarn in a spiral pattern directly onto pumpkin surface. Hot-glue a continuous piece of white yarn in a teardrop pattern, repeating until space is filled. Outline the eyes with rust yarn as shown, and then add a black yarn mouth and a black pom-pom nose. For ears, glue felt on cover-weight paper backing. Cut into triangles, trim with rust yarn, and adhere to pumpkin with glue.
Moth Decal Pumpkins
The secret to these moth-adorned marvels? Weather-resistant vinyl decals show them to their best advantage against white pumpkins: Use a foam brush to cover each pumpkin with two coats of acrylic paint, allowing 30 minutes of drying time per coat, before applying decals.
Way with Words
Teach a pumpkin to recite Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” by spelling out a few lines with stick-on letters, affixing them in a spiral pattern that starts at the top. To give the dark words even more presence, first use a foam brush to cover your pumpkin with two coats of white or pale-gray acrylic paint, allowing 30 minutes of drying time per coat.