Simple DIY Pumpkins To Enjoy Year After Year!

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Written by:  onegoodthingbyjillee

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I came across these cool   craft pumpkins recently and decided to challenge myself and decorate them for Halloween. At first I was stumped as to what to DO with them, but after reaching out to my readers on Facebook, I had more ideas than pumpkins! :-) 

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 favourite 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 labours!  OK, MY labour, your brain power! 

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CHEVRON PUMPKIN

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 pumpkin turned out WAY better than I thought it would. The taping was the most time-consuming part of this, but worth the final product. :-) 
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GLITTER PUMPKIN


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 colours and this " fire opal" was my favourite. 
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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! 
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CHALKBOARD PUMPKIN


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! :-) 
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STEP ONE: 
I knew I wanted to try my hand at "carving" a couple of these craft pumpkins with a  crafting hot knife, 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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.....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! 
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BOO! PUMPKIN

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. :-) 
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I really, REALLY enjoyed working on this "challenge!" 

I hope you you will be inspired to do some pumpkin creating and "carving" of your own! 
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Written by:  onegoodthingbyjillee

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