I swear, I’ve been working on things. I did tell you I started my new job, right? It’s great. I love it. The people I work with are awesome. But… man, I get home and feel like a puddle of goo. It will pass, it IS passing, it’s just taking me some time to get acclimated to my schedule.
That being said, with halloween just around the corner, I wanted to share this really neat project I did.
First off, I started with a dollar tree “carvable” pumpkin. It was vibrant, fake orange. when I carved a section out, the inside proved to be stryofoam, STRAIGHT WHITE, and overall kinda disappointing looking. The stem was… fair… but not great. I have a before picture somewhere of my before on the stem, but I forgot where I placed it. Plus, the stem was stuck on by a small toothpick which actually shoved down into my cavern I wanted to use. Overall, I was wondering if I could really get the effect I wanted from this project.
Then, I started painting the pumpkin. Inside and OUT.
The small section you can see the vibrant fake orange coating, and you can see how I changed the pumpkin to give it a little more of a realistic look by using an acrylic orange paint called “carrot” and mixing in some small dabs of black into the crevices. I’m pretty impressed with it. (I also repainted the stem, but I totally forgot to save that picture to flickr.)
BUT WAIT! So, then I had these little spider rings that we picked up somewhere. So I snipped the ring part off and attached them to the pumpkin with a hot glue gun. I also reattached the stem this way since I broke off the overly large toothpick. I also painted the inside of the pumpkin pure black.
EVEN better, I had a small skeleton from this garland kit that I also picked up at the dollar tree. Even though he was a looot bigger than I really wanted for this project, I made it work by scrunching him up and getting him to “sit” inside the pumpkin. After a few attempts with my hot glue gun on a small silicon pad (I used the back of one of my silicon molds) I was able to get some fairly decent web-like creations. Which I wrapped the skeleton in, attached one to the pumpkin with a couple of more dabs of hot glue… and then another spider later I was set with my scene!
I really wanted to do better with this project, but realistically, with the small space inside and the items I had already acquired, I was super happy how it came out.
What about you all? Any halloween crafts you’ve been working on? How are you planning on decorating? Anyone else love this spooky time of year?