Thursday, October 25, 2012

Hey Pumpkin!

With Halloween right around the corner I thought I'd share with you a couple of ways I decorated my pumpkins this year. I'm a focused crafter, so I tend to forget to take photos along the way - sorry! I'll do my best to describe the steps.


Lately I've been obsessed with color blocking bright colors. I know it's a trend, but it's gotten under my skin so badly that I'm actually able to tolerate pink. Side note: My parents decorated my childhood bedroom with fucsia carpet and curtains, and a rose comforter and wallpaper, so needless to say I've never been a fan of pink. Until now.

  1. Clean your pumpkins with soap and water to wipe off the dirt.
  2. Use masking tape to section off a round shape on the side of your pumpkin.
  3. Using acrylic crafting paint, paint small even strokes being careful to apply thin layers. Don't be impatient like I was. Let the first layer dry before you go on to the next. 
  4. Once the first color is totally dry, section off another circle around your pumpkin, partially overlapping your first color.
  5. Repeat step 3, and ta da!


For my carved pumpkin I decided to use a chevron pattern. Make sure you have the right tools. Wouldn't you know that our really expensive serrated Japanese steel tomato knife wasn't the easiest to work with? I think it was too big. The carving set from your local big box store is probably a better bet. Oh well, next time.
  1. Again I used masking tape, this time as my stencil. 
  2. Tape vertical lines from the stem of your pumpkin down to the bottom.
  3. Then tape shorter pieces diagonally between your vertical lines, going in the same direction.
  4. Alternate the direction of the diagonal tape between each vertical line.
  5. Once you're done taping, carve a circle around the stem of your pumpkin so that you can reach in there and clean it out.

  6. Carve out the diagonal rectangles you've created with your tape.
And there you go!

1 comment:

  1. Your pumpkins are the cutest around!!