Once in awhile Michaels (the craft store) will send me a “craft challenge” of some sort. I don’t always take them up on it, but I always appreciate the opportunity because it pushes me to try new things I normally wouldn’t. You see, while crafting isn’t really my forté, I actually really enjoy it!
The challenge this time was to take some of their craft pumpkins and decorate them for Halloween. When the 3 pumpkins arrived I was stumped as to what to DO with them! So I reached out to all of YOU on Facebook and asked for your ideas. You guys are ROCKSTARS! There were so many great ideas I had to run to Michaels to buy a few more pumpkins because I couldn’t settle on just three!
I honestly can’t say which one I like the best! There are things about all of them that not only do I like from an aesthetic point of view…but from an execution standpoint as well. Working with a “hot knife” was something new for me, but once I got the hang of it (after burning a hole in one of my favorite shirts!) I was hooked! I felt like Michelangelo sculpting the statue of David by the time I was done. :-)
Here are the fruits of our labors! OK, MY labor, your brain power!
Tape off your pumpkin using masking tape. I didn’t use any measuring device, I just eyeballed the spacing of the tape and then trimmed the ends with scissors to make clean corners.
Spray your taped pumpkin with white, flat paint. I used Krylon brand.
You’ll want to do 3 or 4 light coats (letting it dry for a few minutes in between each coat) in order to get complete coverage without drips.
After the last coat, let dry for approximately 30 minutes. (It dries really fast!), and then carefully peel the tape off. (Tip: when peeling the tape, don’t rip it off too fast or you will end up taking some of the pumpkin surface off with it! Trust me.)
This pumpkins turned out WAY better than I thought it would. The taping was the most time-consuming part of this, but worth the final product. :-)
For the glitter pumpkin you will need some glitter glue (or mod podge) and glitter. No, this is not an advertisement for Martha Stewart’s line of craft projects, I just find them easy to work with. I actually looked at a bunch of different glitter colors and this “fire opal” was my favorite.
The nice thing about this glue was that it came with a little brush attached to the inside of the lid. But, of course, you can use your own brush.
Brush the glue (or mod podge) onto the pumpkin in sections and sprinkle liberally with the glitter.
After your pumpkin is covered with glitter, spray with a clear, protective spray finish. This will keep the glitter from getting all over everything! LOVE the sparkle!
Spray paint your pumpkin all over with a black chalkboard paint. Once again, I used Krylon brand. The directions on the can said to use two coats, letting it dry for approximately 15 minutes between coats.
After 3 hours the paint is fully dry.
Mine definitely isn’t as “artistic”….but I think it turned out OK. :-) The fun thing about this pumpkin is that when Halloween is over you can “erase” it and draw a different phrase on it for Thanksgiving! :-)
POLKA DOTS AND DIAMONDS PUMPKIN
I knew I wanted to try my hand at “carving” a couple of these craft pumpkins with the hot knife that Michaels provided, but wasn’t confident in my ability to do it without some sort of guide. These sticker stencils (that you can reposition) were perfect! Just stick them on where you want the design to be……..
…..and start cutting. Be very careful with the hot knife! It is very HOT and very SHARP.
That darn Martha Stewart has so many cute Halloween products! :-) This package of 48 different paper Halloween stencils was just the ticket for my second carved pumpkin. All you need to do is choose a stencil design and tape it to your pumpkin in the desired position.
Outline (inline?) the stencil using a pen or pencil and cut out with the hot knife.
Cut a circle opening in the top (just like you would a real pumpkin) and place a battery-operated tealight inside.
I just love the simplicity of this one. :-)
(FYI…if you don’t feel comfortable doing your own carving…see your local Michaels store and order a personalized pumpkin. You pick the design, they do the rest!)
I really, REALLY enjoyed working on this “challenge!” Thank you Michaels, for once again getting me outside my crafting comfort zone!
I realize I’m rushing the Halloween holiday just a wee bit by posting this on September 2nd, but I had so much fun working on these this past weekend I couldn’t help myself. So I hope you will forgive me and that you will be inspired to do some pumpkin creating and “carving” of your own!