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What's the first thing you think of when someone mentions Halloween... for me it's Pumpkins! I absolutely love them! There are so many creative and fun things to do with them. This year, I decided to move away from the traditional orange carved face and add a touch of something different.
Firstly I bought some glorious pumpkins from a local farm.
Loving a bit of sparkle, I decided to raid the kids art box, grabbing all the glitter I could find and get messy!
Using white paint from the hardware store (acrylic is best) I painted the whole of the smallest pumpkin white, let it dry, then added a second coat. Drawing a big circle in glue, I sprinkled the glitter over it until completely covered, I then repeated this until the whole pumpkin was covered in shiny glittery circles!
You can do this in multi-coloured circles, or stars or paint the pumpkin black instead of white - your choice! Just get creative!
Now, I love a stripe and a chevron stripe is even better! So with masking tape at the ready, I painstakingly (and it was painfully slow and very tricky) covered the pumpkin in chevron stripes with the tape. With the white paint, I painted all the uncovered bits. When dry, I carefully peeled off the masking tape to reveal perfect (cough cough!) stripes - ok, so they weren't perfect and some of the paint started to flake off, but a little bit of a touch up and they were ok! Deciding to add glitter to the edge was my final touch, so with a gluestick, I drew round the edges of the stripes and sprinkled with glitter - the result is a sparkly wonder of stripy delight!
My third project was something a bit more fun for the kids. Pippa helped paint the largest pumpkin black (this needed 2 coats and lots of newspaper!). While this was drying we got a small pumpkin, scooped out all the insides, drew some cats eyes on it and cut them out carefully. I then soaked the whole pumpkin in a bucket of water and bleach for an hour (apparently this helps preserve it for longer). When dry, I painted the cats head black and left to dry. Using black card, I cut out 2 cats ears and when the pumpkin was completely dry, I made 2 slits where the cats ears needed to be, and stuck the ears in.
Placing a tea-light on top of the big pumpkin, I carefully placed the head over it, and voila! A perfect black cat with creepy lit up eyes to scare those trick or treaters!
For just under £20 I made three wonderfully different pumpkins to give our doorstep a touch of panache! Who says Halloween can't bring a bit of bling and style as well as cobwebs and broomsticks!