Saw the Great(est) Pumpkin!
Now is the time for all little boys
and girls to acquire knives, hollow out the flesh of a round vegetable,
and carve creepy faces in the side. The making of Jack-o-Lanterns
is a strange way to observe a holiday, and yet its appeal is never-ending.
From the magical moment you envision the design that tops all others
to the crushing discovery that mean teenagers have smashed it in
the street, the tradition is a captivating one.
But just because it's called a tradition
doesn't mean you have to stick with old triangle eyes and toothy
grin. This Halloween, we at Craftygal have decided to shake things
up and try some variations on a theme. Perhaps you'd like to try
your hand at some of these "alternative" pumpkin decorating techniques,
or maybe they'll just inspire you to do something completely new
and different--either way, diversity is key!
Selecting just the right pumpkin at
the market is part of the joy of the whole experience. And any Tim
Burton fan will tell you that finding one with the right stem is
one of the most important considerations. You want something that
adds a bit of mystery, gives it a bit of personality. Why, then,
do we tend to ignore that bit when we decorate them? Here's a way
to spice up your pumpkin with a little glam edge:
1. Spread a semi-thick layer of glue
over the entire stem of your pumpkin, smoothing it out with your
finger or a cotton swab.
2. Pour copious amounts of glitter
over it, covering the adhesive area. Shake excess onto a piece of
paper and reuse it, if you desire.
3. For additional effect, create "drips"
by streaming some glue down the sides and adding more glitter--or
connect those drips with curvy lines and draw a spider web with
Variations: If you really want to get
fancy (like Charles did), use two colors of glitter and very carefully
alternate the colors on each side of the stem to create stripes.
Less is More
Size is over-rated in a lot of areas,
and the pumpkin world is no exception. Everyone seems to think bigger
is better, but this isn't necessarily so. Having several tiny pumpkins
can actually be more fun than one huge one, because you can explore
several different design ideas and get more bang for your buck.
Here are several examples that we think prove our point:
1. Select a few tiny squash in an array
of colors--white, orange, dark green with yellow stripes--hollow
them out as you would the regular sized variety, and carve geometric
shapes, the more traditional jack-o-lantern face, or turn them into
2. Glue colored buttons in a random
pattern, or create spooky shapes with beads, like ghosts and skulls.
3. Cut up unwanted CDs and hot glue
the pieces to your pumpkin for a mini disco-ball effect.
4. Decoupage it with clippings from
magazines. (Here, Charles used celebrity eyes as a theme--you have
to admit, guessing who's who would make a great party game!)
1. Create whimsical patterns and faces
with stickpins that have colored or metallic heads
2. No one can deny the Hellraiser allusion
of this creation--a powerful effect for a few simple pins and a
3. Replicate Franken-pumpkin by drawing
scar-like marks with a black felt-tip pen and stapling on some stitches.
Sounds like an office project to me!
are some other ideas we didnt get a chance to try but thought
might be fun:
1. Drilling lace-like patterns in hollowed
2. Pumpkins painted with fluorescent
paints and displayed under a blacklight.
3. Covering pumpkins with faux finishes
like marbling, crackling, and patina.
4. Embossing pumpkins with halloween
or fall-themed stamps.
5. Dipping pumpkins in a candy apple
concoction and allowing to dry.