Monogram Pumpkin made with Mod Podge, Fishnet Tights and Glitter

I love monogram pumpkins!

For this design we wrapped a jumbo ivory colored foam pumpkin with fishnets.  We scored the tights at the dollar store.  We Mod Podged a letter with some Halloween paper, glittered the edges and hot glued it to the front. to the center front.  It was super easy and really did not take long at all!  We designed this for Plaid….see more designs here.

What You Will Need:
Foam pumpkin
Fishnet tights
Mod Podge ® 3 Piece Silicone Finger Caps
Hot glue
Large wood letter
Pencil
Scrapbook paper
Mod Podge ® Gloss
Foam paintbrush
Chunky gold glitter

1. Stretch fishnet tights over the pumpkin so the waist opening is at the top. Hot glue the waist band around the stem of the pumpkin. (Gather as you go and wear Hot Glue Finger Caps for protection)

2. Trace the letter onto a piece of Halloween themed scrapbook paper. Cut out the design. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the back of the paper and position onto the letter. Smooth any air bubbles with your finger. Wait 15 min and top-coat with a layer of Mod Podge.

3. Apply Mod Podge around the edges of the letter, sprinkle the chunky glitter into the glue. Let the glitter sprinkle onto the letter and the edges.

4. Hot glue the letter to the center of the pumpkin.

PROJECT TIP: When glittering with Mod Podge, do it over a file folder so you can easily filter the glitter back into the jar.

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Place-card Holders

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Place-card Holders

These little cuties will look perfect propped up on your table. Customize them with your guests names or with sentimental words of thanks.

This project was designed for Plaid! If you like this idea then you should pop over to my page at Plaid to see lots more ideas and craft projects!

Materials:
FolkArt ® Shiny™ Acrylic Paint – Pure Orange
FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ – Orange
FolkArt ® Artists Pigments™ – Pure Black
Mod Podge ® Gloss
Mini pumpkins – 1 for each guest
Detail paintbrush
Printed guest names
Foam paintbrush

1. Paint the mini pumpkins with Orange paint. Top coat with two or three layers of Orange Extreme Glitter. Once dry paint the stem with Pure Black paint.

2. Coat both sides of the printed guests names with Mod Podge, position onto the pumpkin and top coat with more Mod Podge. Use your fingers to press out any air bubbles. Smooth your brush strokes. Allow to dry.

Textured Pumpkins for a Thanksgiving Table

Textured Pumpkins

Have you ever seen those paper pumpkins and wondered what to make with them? They really are quite cool and inexpensive. You have so many different options when it come to making something with them. You can decoupage them with Mod Podge, paint them, dip them in glitter or my favorite, add texture paint to them.

Materials:

FolkArt Acrylic Paint – Pumpkin
FolkArt Texture Paint – Sparkle
FolkArt Metallics – Sequin Black
FolkArt Metallics – Copper
FolkArt Metallics – Antique Copper
FolkArt Acrylic Colors – Autumn Leaves
Mod Podge Glitter – Hologram Gold
Paper mache pumpkin
Plastic knife
2 Foam paint brushes
Wax paper

Steps:
1. Add 1 teaspoon of Autumn Leave paint, 1 teaspoon of Pumpkin paint and a squirt of Metallic Antique Copper paint to the texture paint. Mix well with a plastic knife. Working over wax paper, apply one coat of the texture paint to the pumpkin and allow to dry overnight.

2. Add depth to the pumpkin by highlighting the creases in the Paper mache pumpkin with Metallic Sequin Black paint. Using a semi-dry foam brush, paint around the stem and down the creases. Allow to dry 1 hour. If your pumpkin does not have creases, draw your own.

3. Apply a second coat of the texture paint to the pumpkin and allow to dry overnight.

4. Paint the stem and the surrounding area with the Metallic Copper Paint, allow to dry 1 hour.

5. Using a foam brush, coat the entire pumpkin with Glitter Gold Mod Podge.

Our Top 10 Pumpkin Carving Tips!

pumpkin carving tips

Top 10 Pumpkin Tips

Pumpkin picking season is here and whether you are getting a pumpkin from a local patch, farmers market or a grocery store you will want to pick a good one. Here are a few tips that will help you choose your pumpkin, carve it and keep it lasting fresh throughout October.

1. When choosing a pumpkin, look for ones that are very fresh and firm. Avoid pumpkins that are bruised or that have cuts. Pumpkins should have a flat base so they will sit up straight. Make sure the pumpkin you choose is large enough for the design you want to carve. The smoother the skin is on a pumpkin the easier it is to draw on and carve.

2. If you purchase your pumpkin early, you can store it in a cool dry place until you are ready to display or carve.

3. When cutting the top of the pumpkin, angle the point of your knife toward the stem. This gives the lid a place to sit and will prevent it from falling through the hole.

4. Using a large flat paddle scoop is the fastest way to clean the inside of the pumpkin.

5. When using templates or stencils, tape the stencil to the pumpkin and use a piercing tool to trace around the design. This will leave little perforated dots on the pumpkin and carving will be super easy.

6. If the cut edges of your jack-o’-lantern are curling, re-hydrate the pumpkin by soaking it in a tub of water overnight. After removing, allow the pumpkin to drain for half an hour and pat dry. Soaking your pumpkin in a solution of one-teaspoon bleach per gallon of water will help inhibit mold growth.

7. Hydrate your pumpkin! While your jack-o’-lantern is on display, periodically mist it with water to help keep it hydrated. Covering a jack-o’-lantern with a damp towel will keep it hydrated when it is not on display. At night, wrap your jack-o’-lanterns in plastic and refrigerate. This will slow the aging process.

8. After carving, coat the cut edges and the inside of the jack-o’-lantern with petroleum jelly. This will help seal in moisture. Vegetable oil can also be used. Spraying hairspray on the inside of your pumpkin will help increase its life span.

9. Sprinkle cinnamon or nutmeg on the underside of the pumpkin top for a nice scent when the candle inside your jack-o’-lantern is lit.

10. Battery operated faux candles are a safe alternative to candles and can be found in a variety of sizes.

DIY Glitterd Key and Black Crow Pumpkin

Black Crow Pumpkin

Skeleton keys are the embellishment that unlocks this haunted design. This Extreme Glitter project was designed for Plaid. Pop by my page at Plaid to see this project and tons more ideas!!!

Materials:
FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ – Gold
FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ – Silver
FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ – Black
Foam paintbrushes
Black fake crow
Orange fake pumpkin
Plastic spiders
Hot glue
Scrapboking keys
Gold rhinestones
Halloween cobwebs

Steps:
1. Paint the crow with four layers of Black Extreme Glitter.

2. Paint the pumpkin with three coats of Gold Extreme Glitter.

3. Paint the spiders with Silver Extreme Glitter.

4. Hot glue the crow to the top of the pumpkin. Hot glue the keys and spiders in a random pattern on the pumpkin.

5. Using hot glue attach gems to the eyes and backs of the spiders.

6. Wrap the pumpkin with cobwebs.