5 Simple DIY Pumpkins You Can Enjoy Year After Year!

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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!

 

CHEVRON PUMPKIN

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STEP ONE:

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.

 

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STEP TWO:

Spray your taped pumpkin with white, flat paint. I used Krylon brand.

 

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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.

 

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STEP THREE:

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.)

 

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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. :-)

 

GLITTER PUMPKIN

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STEP ONE:  

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.

 

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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.

 

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STEP TWO:

Brush the glue (or mod podge) onto the pumpkin in sections and sprinkle liberally with the glitter.

 

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STEP THREE:

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!

 

CHALKBOARD PUMPKIN

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STEP ONE:  

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.

 

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After 3 hours the paint is fully dry.

 

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STEP TWO:

I printed off a cute chalkboard art design I found on Pinterest to use as a guide, and attempted to do a “free-hand” version of it using a liquid chalk pen.

 

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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

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STEP ONE:

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……..

 

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STEP TWO:

…..and start cutting. Be very careful with the hot knife! It is very HOT and very SHARP.

 

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And don’t worry if your cut-outs are perfect….they are very forgiving when you put a light inside them!

 

BOO! PUMPKIN

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STEP ONE:

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.

 

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STEP TWO:  

Outline (inline?) the stencil using a pen or pencil and cut out with the hot knife.

 

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STEP THREE:

Cut a circle opening in the top (just like you would a real pumpkin) and place a battery-operated tealight inside.

 

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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!)

 

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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!

 

 CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!

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To help you get started….Michaels is giving away (2) $50 gift cards!

 

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Leave a comment below sharing your best pumpkin-carving memory!

 

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Comments

  1. Julie says

    Oh no question – the first time I used one of the stencils. I went from the “triangle eyes/nose & big grin” to Michealangelo. Awesome.

    Love your ideas – for sure making myself some glitter pumpkins this year!

  2. Karyn Craw says

    My favorite pumpkin carving memory was with my grandparents. All four of us kids and my parents and grandparents. Essential one adult per child at the time. We got to choose and decorate our pumpkins. Now that both of grandparents are deceased now. Hopefully so day I can relive that memory with my parents and my children. :)

  3. Carrie Hood says

    Every year my kids and I carve pumpkins. We are lucky to have a pumpkin patch right around the corner from our house, so we go take a hay ride and pick out a few! We always try to get ambitious and print crazy stencils, but they normally just end up a jackolantern face. We have a great time no matter the end result!

  4. Nancy says

    Doing them with my kids each year even now still with them being 20 & 23. We look forward to it still!

  5. Marie says

    My best pumpkin carving memories are each year going to my adopted mothers house for their annual pumpkin carving party. Each year we would try and outdo each other with designs. My favorite pumpkin I ever carved was of a carousel horse. This year will be hard because she passed away last month. We will be making new memories with the kids, grandchildren and great grandchildren this yr.

    I really love the idea of the glitter and the chalkboard pumpkins. I think I may need to try those this year.

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