Boo-tacular Pumpkin Patch: DIY Decorating Part Two

Pumpkin Patch 2015!

Click to embiggen… and it’s BIG

I hope you’re having fun decorating for Halloween. I sure did! Here are some more instructions for pumpkins. Three of them are really very easy! For Pumpkins one through six, click this handy link. Onwards for pumpkins seven through twelve!

Pumpkin Seven: “Diamond Ring” Pumpkin

You Will Need:

Small Foam ball (art store)
Exacto Knife
Masking Tape OR White Washi Tape
White craft paint (art store) or sharpie paint marker (wal-greens)
Rhinestone “duct tape” strip (Dollar General)
Silver chenille

Using exacto knife, cut off a thin slice of the bottom of the foam ball so that the pumpkin will have a flat bottom edge. (As much as it is possible to have a flat bottom edge when you’re using an exacto knife.) Cut off a thinner slice of the top of the foam ball. Now the ball will have a very rough ‘pumpkin’ shape.

Using masking tape or white washi tape, cover foam ball with tape.

If using masking tape, paint with white craft paint or sharpie marker and let dry.

Using the exacto knife, cut one strip of the rhinestones off of the rhinestone ‘duct tape’ strip. Wrap around the middle section of the ‘pumpkin’ horizontally. Cut off another strip with the exacto knife and trim down one rhinestone at a time, if needed.

Cut a hole in the tape on the top of the pumpkin. Trim silver chenille to make smaller. Wrap around finger to create a ‘twist’ in the chenille and shove into the foam to create the stem.

And Done!

Pumpkin Eight: Glistening Spider Web Pumpkin

You Will Need:

Medium sized pumpkin
White craft paint (art store) or sharpie paint marker (wal-greens)
Silver sharpie paint marker (wal-greens)
Black Sharpie Paint marker (wal-greens)
Loose rhinestones (art store)
Rhinestone ‘duct tape’ strip (Dollar General)
Clear beads (broken necklaces or art store)
Seed pearls (broken necklaces or art store)
Small headed sewing pins
Washi Tape
Elmer’s Glue

I saw the basics for this pumpkin in another Halloween magazine, but their spiders were not only bigger but a lot scarier. I’m basing my spiders upon some spider clings I have in my windows that I bought at the dollar store. I tried to make them as cute as possible because there are a lot of people who don’t like spiders!

Whatever beads you use, try to have beads that the sewing pin head doesn’t go through the hole in the middle. This will make your life much easier. Otherwise, you can try using hot glue or elmer’s glue to stick the beads on, but it makes this pumpkin a bit fragile.

Paint pumpkin white. Let dry.
Paint stem silver. Let dry.

Using a sharpie paint marker, in the crevices of the pumpkin paint the stabilizing lines of the spider web from the stem to the bottom. Between the stabilizing lines of the web draw arcs going upwards. Remember, you want these to be frown face arcs, not smiley face arcs. Let dry.

To create spiders:

Using the inside of the washi tape roll as a template and a pencil, draw a circle for the main bodies of your spiders. I put four spiders on my pumpkin. How many you put on is up to you. Paint these circles with a black sharpie paint marker and let dry.

On one of the body, glue two rhinestones, one bigger than the other for eyes.

While the rhinestones are drying, draw eight legs with small curls at the end. Let dry.

Cut one strip of rhinestones from rhinestone ‘duct tape.’ Place horizontally across the middle of the spider’s body. Press into place.

Using pins, place seed pearls at the end of each spider leg. Push pins into pumpkin through the hole in the bead.

To make the pumpkin look like it has been a cold and dewy morning, take the clear beads put the pins through the hole in the beads. If the holes of the beads are small enough, your pins should hold the beads fine. Push the pins into the pumpkin along the “strands” of the web. You can either fill every part of the strand or do it in patch patterns.

And now your pumpkin and your spiders have had a bit of a wet morning!

Pumpkin Nine: Creepy cloth pumpkin

You Will Need:

Large pumpkin
White craft paint (art store) or sharpie paint marker
Creepy cloth (dollar store)
Grey Polyester rope (dollar store)
Black paper bat shape
Silver chenille
Aluminum foil
Hot glue or Elmer’s Glue.
Thumbtacks (optional)
Small headed sewing pin
Scissors

Paint pumpkin white. Let Dry.

Unfold your creepy cloth. Creepy cloth is a loosely woven cloth of thin black yarn. It mimics really old spider webs or curtains. Cut a square or a round large enough to cover your pumpkin. Most creepy cloth when bought will have the same size squares between the threads. Take your nails (or fingers) and ‘rake’ them along the creepy cloth, like you are a big cat, to create different sized holes between the threads. This will make your creepy cloth and thus your pumpkin ‘creepier.’

Place your pumpkin in the middle of your square or round of creepy cloth. Fold up pumpkin into the creepy cloth. Now, you can either tie it around the stem of the pumpkin and have it look like a ‘gift’ bag or trim the edges and glue it down to the top of the pumpkin. I chose to trim and glue down to the top of the pumpkin. In order to keep the creepy cloth in place while the elmer’s glue was drying, I used a ring of thumbtacks around the stem. Let dry.

Cut three lengths of polyester rope. I was using the polyester rope I had left from pumpkin 15 and it ended up being 3 lengths of roughly 51 inches long. Leaving a foot on rope free, tie a knot in one end. Using the knot as an anchor, braid your polyester rope. Once rope is braided, untie the anchor knot. Wrap rope braid around middle of pumpkin and tie in place using a square knot. The rope should hold on its own without any glue or pins. (If you want to use glue and pins, be my guest.)

Paint outside edge of black bat shape white. Let Dry.

Place pin through head of the bat and push the pin into the square rope knot.

Twist chenille together and wrap around fingers to create curly cues and bend to form swirls to create a vine. Hot glue twisted end of chenille around pumpkin stem.

Cut a pumpkin leaf shape out of aluminum foil. Slide between chenille stems.

Now, you have a creepy pumpkin!

Pumpkin Ten: Skull Washi Tape pumpkin

You Will Need:

Small Pumpkin
Black craft paint (art store) or sharpie paint marker (wal-greens)
Washi Tape with Halloween motif (Dollar store)

Okay, this pumpkin is really easy.

Paint pumpkin black, let dry.

Using washi tape with Halloween motif, press around the widest part of the pumpkin until the ends meet. And Done.

(Seriously, really easy!)

Pumpkin Eleven: Mummy Pumpkin

You Will Need:

One small pumpkin
Masking Tape or White Washi Tape
White craft paint (art store) or sharpie paint marker (wal-greens)
Googley eyes
Elmer’s Glue

At an angle, using roughly two inch long pieces of masking tape or washi tape, cover pumpkin until you can’t see any orange. Allow tape to pinch and crinkle. This may take two layers depending on the tape used. Choose one side of the pumpkin to be the front of the mummy’s face. Using tape, place layers on the bottom of the pumpkin to create an X with the previous layers. Allow or create a pinch near the bottom of the pumpkin to create a ‘mouth.’

If using masking tape, paint white. Let dry.

Glue googley eyes to pumpkin over the mouth. Use ones the same size or different sizes for different effects.

And, one mummy pumpkin!

Pumpkin Twelve: Eyelet Pumpkin

You Will Need:

1 Small pumpkin
White craft paint (art store) or sharpie paint marker
Metal eyelets (art store)
Elmer’s glue (just in case)

Paint pumpkin white. Let dry.

Metal eyelets are the things that are often used on your tie up lace sneakers and in corsets. They can also be used in jeans. They come in various sizes and a lot of colors (if you know where to look.) The most common colors are silver and brass. The great thing about eyelets is that they have a ‘sharp’ edge to them. Eyelets are meant to be “pressed” together, so that one side of the eyelet folds upwards to meet the other. This is either done with a flat cylinder and a hammer or with a special tool. (Believe me, the special tool is much faster and easier.) Fortunately for this pumpkin, you most likely won’t need a hammer and you don’t need the tool.

How many eyelets you use will depend greatly on the size of your pumpkin. My pumpkin was really small. So, I used only two rows of eyelets. On a bigger pumpkin, you could use more eyelets. (But really 18 different pumpkins was getting out of hand here!)

Using the sharp edge of the eyelet, press it down into the pumpkin, pushing past the ‘skin’ and into the foam. I placed one ring of eyelets around the top of the pumpkin and another ring of eyelets in the middle of the pumpkin. If the eyelets look like they are in danger of falling out, take them out and put Elmer’s glue into the depression and push the eyelet back in. Let Dry.

And done! (For this pumpkin)

For a variation of this pumpkin, if you used a bigger pumpkin and more eyelets. Place eyelets half an inch to one inch apart along the arcs of the pumpkin. Use a ruler and a sharpie paint pen and draw Xs between at least two lines of the eyelets to create a corset pattern. Make a ribbon bow and pin it at the top!

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