Saturday, October 15, 2011

Creative Pumpkins

With Halloween right around the corner, people are starting to decorate their pumpkins. Are you one of those people that go for the old classic Jack-o-lantern look, or do you like to try something new?

At the craft stores you can find the craft pumpkins in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors.

I personally like these because you can decorate them and then store them away and use them again next year. No need to carve a new pumpkin each year, unless you want to.  If you do not trust your carving skills, there are even some craft stores that will do some carving for you . . . like carving your family's name into the pumpkin.  Here is an example from the Michael's website.

We had our local Michael's do one with our family name in it.

My daughter's school does a contest each year called the Literary Pumpkins. The goal is to decorate a pumpkin in the theme of a book. My daughter did one for the Harry Potter books one year, and used one of these craft pumpkins.

She used my Cricut to cut the circles for the glasses, and used a craft clay to make the ears and hand.  A stick from the backyard became the wand.  Some yarn was used for the hair, and I found some leftover black fabric for the sleeve of the arm.  Even if I helped a little, by making the sleeve and offering suggestions on how to glue the hair on, she did all of the real work and was the one that sketched out the idea.  I was just more of a "resource" for what products and tools would make things easier for her.

Have you ever created a non-traditional pumpkin?  I would love to hear about it, and maybe we can feature it here to inspire others.

1 comment:

  1. I love the idea of the pumpkin with the family name carved in it, and you're Oh so talented daughter has done it once again. Is there anything she doesn't do?