Boo-tacular Pumpkin Patch: DIY Decorating Part Three

Pumpkin Patch 2015!
Click to embiggen… and it’s BIG

The last pumpkins in the pumpkin patch… aww. For pumpkins one through six click this handy link. And for pumpkins seven through twelve, here is another handy link! Now, let’s get on with pumpkins thirteen (eeee!) to eighteen!

Pumpkin Thirteen: Armored Pumpkin

You Will Need:

Medium pumpkin
2 inch wide wire edge Halloween ribbon (dollar store)
Masking Tape
Soft seamstress tape
2 packages of silver tacks of 300 pcs each (Dollar Store)
Black craft paint (art store) or sharpie paint marker (wal-greens)

White craft paint (art store) or sharpie paint marker (wal-greens)
Small headed sewing pins

Dollar Store ribbon is usually quite sheer, though it is hard to tell when you buy it. This Skull ribbon that I have is actually the most solid of the ribbon I’ve bought there and you would still see the orange of the pumpkin through it if laid against the pumpkin. If I was to do this pumpkin again, I most likely would have cut 2 ½ inch sections of it, turned the edges over to create 2 inch squares and laid it against the pumpkin so the pattern was vertical instead of horizontal. As it is, I’m not pulling up 500 or more thumbtacks to “fix” it.

Using masking tape, tape the area of the pumpkin where you are placing the ribbon. Optionally, paint masking tape white. Let dry.

Paint stem pumpkin black, let dry.

With seamstress tape, starting from the center of the pumpkin, measure outwards to where you want the top of the 2 inch ribbon to be and mark. Do this all the way around the pumpkin so you’ll have an even top edge. Because the pumpkin is a round shape, the ribbon isn’t going to lay completely flat, so you want the bottom of the ribbon to be flat, while the top might wave a bit.

If the ribbon you are using has a horizontal pattern rather than a vertical pattern, fold over end of 2inch wide ribbon to “finish” the edge and using thumbtacks, tack the ribbon around the pumpkin placing a tack every inch and a half. Trim so there will be excess ribbon, fold over to finish edge and tack down.

If you are using ribbon blocks to create a vertical pattern rather than a horizontal pattern. Tack tops and bottoms of blocks with thumbtacks and use small headed sewing pins to secure the sides.

Starting near stem of the pumpkin, push thumbtacks into foam around stem in a circle, slightly overlapping them. Work outwards towards the ribbon. The top of my pumpkin took roughly 300 thumbtacks to cover properly. Starting along the bottom edge of ribbon, line pumpkins around the pumpkin, slightly overlapping. This should take about 200 thumbtacks depending on where you placed your ribbon and how big your pumpkin is.

When this pumpkin is finished, it will be moderately heavy. It will also look like it has scale armor. (Which is really kind of cool.) If you want to buy a third box of thumbtacks and are prepared to spend a long time pushing tacks into foam, you could do a full pumpkin covered in thumbtacks. (Which does sound kind of awesome. Maybe next year.)

Pumpkin Fourteen: Monster Eye Pumpkin(s)

You Will Need:

Medium pumpkin
Small Pumpkin
Silver craft paint (art store) or sharpie paint marker (wal-greens)
Black craft paint (art store) or sharpie paint marker (wal-greens)
Googley eyes (dollar store)
Elmer’s glue or Hot Glue gun

This is actually my favorite pumpkin. You can tell that I liked it so much that I made it twice! This is a great pumpkin for little kids. Not only does it look spooky and is easy to make, it rattles.

Paint the medium pumpkin silver. Let dry Paint stem of pumpkin black. Let Dry.

Paint the small pumpkin black. Let dry.

Using a package (or two) of googley eyes of different sizes, randomly glue them all over the visible parts of the pumpkin. Let dry.

Shake pumpkin to hear it rattle. Turn on some Halloween music, dance around. Have a ball.

Pumpkin Fifteen: Basket Pumpkin

You Will Need:

Medium Pumpkin
Masking tape
Silver craft paint (art store) or sharpie paint marker (wal-greens)
Black craft paint (art store) or sharpie paint marker (wal-greens)
Soft seamstress tape
Black polyester rope (dollar store)
Hot Glue gun
Black construction paper
White colored pencil
Bat shape stencil or cookie cutter
Cat shape stencil or cookie cutter
Small headed sewing pins
Silver chenille

To put my basket pumpkin together, I used elmer’s glue and a lot of sewing pins. I do not recommend this. It is difficult and you can bruise your thumb. I ended up using a pair of pliers to pull the pins out.

The foam of this pumpkin didn’t have a thick seal that would be easy to paint, so, I put masking tape over the top of my foam pumpkin in order to have a good painting surface. This is optional.

Paint top of pumpkin silver. Let dry.

With seamstress tape, starting from the center of the pumpkin, measure outwards to where you want the top of the rope to be and mark. Do this all the way around the pumpkin so you’ll have an even top edge.

Using masking tape, wrap the end of the rope so it doesn’t fray. Paint silver. Let dry.

At mark, using hot glue gun, glue rope around on the mark turning the pumpkin, when you return to the beginning, try to tuck the masking tape end of the rope under rope to hide it. Keep the rope up against the previous section of rope as much as possible. Cover the entire bottom of the pumpkin until you reach where it will no longer be visible. Trim rope, cover end with masking tape to keep it from fraying, glue down and then paint silver. Let dry.

Now our pumpkin looks something like a rope basket. Now to decorate it!

Using a cookie cutter or a stencil cut Halloween shapes out of black construction paper. I like using cookie cutters. You can create a bat stencil by drawing a bat shape on cardboard and cutting it out. Cut three of each shape that you are going to use. With a white colored pencil, color the edges white so the shapes will pop against the rope.

Push the small headed sewing pins through the heads of the shapes. Arrange around the basket until you’ve achieved the desired positioning. Push pins completely into the pumpkin so shapes are up against the rope. Use more pins to secure.

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.

Now you have a somewhat rustic looking pumpkin!

Pumpkin Sixteen: Dripping pumpkin

You Will Need:

Small pumpkin
White craft paint (art store) or sharpie paint marker (wal-greens)
Elmer’s glue (wal-greens)
Tooth pick
Silver glitter (dollar store or wal-greens)
Paper towels or newspaper
Silver chenille

Paint small pumpkin white. Let dry.

Put pumpkin on paper towel or newspaper. Make a ‘pool’ of elmer’s glue on top of the small pumpkin. Using the toothpick, push the glue to the edges of the pumpkin and let it ‘drip’ over the sides. Elmer’s glue is fairly thin that you don’t have to use too much. Shake glitter onto glue and the drips. The weight of the glitter will make the glue move more, so you may have to add more glitter.

Cut down a piece of chenille and bend into a curling shape and place end into glue while still wet. This pumpkin actually had a crack under the stem where I could wedge the chenille into it.

Let dry overnight.

Shake off excess glitter and set aside. Fold the newspaper or towel and shake extra loose glitter back into your container.

And done! This pumpkin does like to shed glitter. Beware!

Pumpkin Seventeen: Bug infested pumpkin

You Will Need:

Medium Pumpkin
Cheap White nail polish (I mean super cheap, don’t pay more than 2 bucks for this.)
Black craft paint (art store) or sharpie paint marker (wal-greens)
White craft paint (art store) or sharpie paint marker (wal-greens)
Creepy-crawlie rings (dollar store)
Small headed sewing pins
Silver chenille
Hot Glue gun

You can either free hand while you’re painting or with a pencil, draw a series of ‘drips’ on your pumpkin. I free handed mine. So, it’s not as pretty as it could be. On the top half of the pumpkin, paint drips with the white nail polish. Work quickly or the nail polish brush has a tendency to gum up. Let dry. Because it is white and depending on the brand you use, this may need two coats of polish. The white polish will make the top shiny.

Paint the bottom of the pumpkin black. Let dry.

Cut the ‘ring’ portions off the creepy crawlie rings, leaving only the bugs. Discard the rings. Paint half the bugs white. Position your bugs on top of your pumpkin so it looks like they are coming out of the pumpkin or swarming all over it. Using small headed pins, push them carefully through the heads of your bugs. Carefully but it will be easy to stick yourself. Put the black bugs on the white portion of the pumpkin and the white bugs on the black portion. Push the pins into the pumpkin to secure the bugs.

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. To put creepy crawlie bugs on the stems, using ones that you haven’t cut the rings on, thread the chenille through the rings.

Now, someone get the hammer! There’s BUGS in the HOUSE! EEEP!

In other words, this pumpkin is complete!

Pumpkin Eighteen: Bow Pumpkin

You Will Need:

Small Foam ball (art store)
Exacto Knife
Black Washi tape
2 inch wide wire edge ribbon
Small headed sewing pin
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 black washi tape, cover foam ball with tape.

To create “bow”, take ½ inch wide straight edge and place on cut end of 2 inch wire edge ribbon. Fold wire edge ribbon over straight edge, remove straight edge, place against the fold and then fold ribbon over in opposite direction. Do this until desired fullness is reached. Stick pin through middle of ‘bow’ and push into pumpkin near the top.

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.

Now this pumpkin is ready and cute as a button.

I hope you have had as much fun making these pumpkins as I did. Have a Happy Halloween!


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