DIY Decorated Halloween Pumpkins


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Here’s my latest batch of decorated Halloween pumpkins!  If you remember the pic from a previous post showing personalized pumpkins, these were created for the same family.

It’s also the same client that I created the Halloween birthday invitations for using the mummy cookies in black  coffins.

Which is why I thought the spider web theme would work well.

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Here’s the DIY Instructions and supplies: You’ll need regular acrylic paint for the background and gloss acrylic paint for the lettering, and gloss yellow green paint for the spider and bat eyes, a pencil, a few different sized brushes and transfer paper.

( If you want to create this style of lettering, you’ll need a 1/2″ flat brush.)

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1. Copy and Save the image of the lettering style above and follow the arrows to create the strokes needed to make the letters.

If you are not comfortable trying to do the lettering yourself, you can trace the letters above. Or use a font to create the names in Microsoft Word.  Here’s a link to some free fonts that would work well: Ghoulish, Nightmare, Rocky would all be good choices.

(To download, click on the apple icon for a Mac and the Windows Icon for PC.  If you don’t know how to add a font to your PC- just Google the question.)

2. Once you’ve created the names either by tracing or printing from your computer, make sure they will easily fit on to the pumpkin of your choice.

3. Using a pencil, draw the background design around the are where the name will go. Make sure the name will fit inside the area. I used bats and spider webs for my backgrounds.

4. Using regular acrylic paint, fill in the background area  with a large brush.

5. Once the paint dries, tape the piece of paper with the name on it onto the pumpkin.  Using transfer paper, which can be purchased at any craft store, trace the letters onto the pumpkin.

6. Paint the letters with gloss acrylic paint using an appropriate size brush. Add spiders, webbing, and eyes as needed.

That’s it!

Enjoy this beautiful fall day!

Debi

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This is a sample of my soon to be released fon “DomLovesMary” in use with special flourishes and “Add on” word.

The font family features three different versions of the alphabet, a set of “Add Ons” that will include words like “and, to, of, for, at, etc…in addition to 124 flourishes to be added to either the upper or lower case so you can create your own custom look!

It will be released on myfonts.com on my Correspondence Ink foundry page.

I’ll be sponsoring a give away of a wedding item using the DomLovesmary font on Brenda’s blog soon.  Subscribe to my blog to get the details.

In the meantime, my first cursive font, Belluccia is still available at myfonts.com and fontbros.com..

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Belluccia was named one of myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011.

DIY Personalized Pumpkin


DIY Halloween pumpkin,Halloween decor, decorated pumkin, personalized Halloween pumkinHere’s an quick idea for a DIY personalized pumpkin.  All the supplies are available at any craft store.

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You’ll need: A pumpkin, a glue gun, 3 different sized ribbons, ( it helps if the largest ribbon is wired) fake spider web, fake spiders, black gloss acrylic paint and brush ( an inexpensive option is the Loew-Cornell Soft Comfort #14360 Liner in Size 1 or larger)  or a sharpie marker.

1. The first step is to put the initial on the pumpkin.  This can be done with the gloss acrylic paint and brush or the sharpie marker.  It helps to first draw the letter on the pumpkin with a pencil.  The line will be very light but it will help guide you.

If you are using a sharpie marker, you’ll need to fill in the areas where you have the thickest strokes.  Depending on what brush you use you may also need to add more width to parts of the letters that need it ( usually the  “down” strokes are the weighted strokes).

2. Next you’re going to attached the ribbons, starting with the widest wired one at the bottom.  The length of ribbon will depend on the size of the pumpkin, but it’s always best to make it longer as it’s easy to cut it if needed. I’d start with a minimum of 12″ for a small pumpkin.

Simply tie in a knot around the pumpkin staff. Don’t tie in a bow. Bend the wired ribbon so that it moves in a wave extending out from the pumpkin.  This will help hold your spider web in place.

3. Add additional ribbons in thinner widths. As you tie each ribbon around the pumpkin staff, adhere it to the one below with a glue gun so they all stay in place. Then make a bow. As you go to glue the last ribbon, make sure to turn it so that when you make a bow, it doesn’t rest exactly on top of the other bow, but fits nicely beside it.

4. Now it’s time to add the spider webbing.  Cut a piece and place it over the pumpkin staff.  Stretch it so it covers and sticks to the wired ribbon.  You can play around with it a bit perhaps sticking it through the holes of the bows.

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5. Glue the spider to the middles of all the bows.  You can also add a few more spiders to other parts of the web.  Attach with a small dab of  the glue gun so they stay in place.

In addition to decor for your home, this would be a good craft for kids ( younger ones may need you to make the letter) or a great hostess gift if you’re going to a Halloween party !

Happy Pumpkin making!

Debi

My new calligraphy font, “DomLovesMary” will be ready soon.

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The font family features three different versions of the alphabet, a set of “Add Ons” that will include words like “and, to, of, for, at, etc…in addition to 124 flourishes to be added to either the upper or lower case so you can create your own custom look!

It will be released on myfonts.com on my Correspondence Ink foundry page.

I’ll be sponsoring a give away of a wedding item using the DomLovesmary font on Brenda’s blog soon.  Subscribe to my blog to get the details.

In the meantime, my first cursive font, Belluccia is still available at myfonts.com and fontbros.com..

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 Belluccia was named one of myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011.

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