If you’ve seen my Spooky Outdoor Halloween Tour, you know I like a little spooky in my Halloween. When I saw that our next theme in our Get Your DIY on Fall Party Challenge was pumpkins, I knew I wanted to do something a little spooky too.
My inspiration came from these awesome spell books that Phyllis from Around the House recently shared in a post of amazingly creative HalloweenVignettes around her house. It’s a fun tour if you have a minute.
Here is what I started with:
I’ve had this pumpkin forever, but I’ve never really liked his facial expression. Happy? Angry? Kind of creepy in a psychotic sort of way, so he was the perfect candidate for this project.
I started by spray painting him black. There was a hole in the back where the light went through.
So I decided to cut a rectangle to make a window. Then I added hot glue drips along the bottom edge for some spooky detail and added a couple of snakes and some skeletons I cut from a skeleton garland.
This is the part in the project where I say, “This looks like crap…I hope this turns out!” as I’m trying to figure out plan B in my head. But, I always keep going and things usually work out.
I hot glued pieces of black card stock to cover the eyes, nose, and mouth from the inside. That way you won’t see them when looking into the window.
I then covered the pumpkin with mod podge and then tissue paper, followed by another coat of mod podge. I worked in small sections at time, placing the tissue paper right over my snakes and skeletons and mod podging in place. I ended up only covering the skeleton’s legs because I wanted the fine detail of their faces to show.
To add a spider web, I made one with hot glue on my mat that’s made just for hot glue, waited for it to dry, and then hot glued it to my pumpkin after I was finished with the mod podge. You could do it before or after. (As you can see my glue gun and I have been together a long time:)
Then I gave my pumpkin another coat of paint.
You might be smarter than I was and realize that you don’t really need to paint it at all until this point…me not so smart.
My windows wouldn’t be complete without shutters which I made out of paint sticks. I added details with hot glue before painting them black as well.
To complete my spellbound pumpkin, I dry-rubbed gold acrylic paint on the raised pieces to add dimension. I also added a bit of gold to the spiders before attaching them with hot glue, as well as the details on the shutters. They too, were hot glued in place.
The big skeleton on top was a $6 Target find and the perfect finishing touch.
And there you have it…A Spellbound Pumpkin!
Pretty wicked. I love how it turned out, especially since I had some serious doubts midway through!
I also redid a small smiley pumpkin that really didn’t fit in with my spooky Halloween. Here he is just as I was spraying him:
This one just got a coat of paint, a web, and some spiders. The transformation is pretty cool for little effort. I found the spiders on the clearance after Halloween last year.
Here are the pumpkins my co-hosts created:
Easy Sweater Pumpkins The Happy Housie
A Pretty Pumpkin Centerpiece House by Hoff
Three Pretty Pumpkins Just a Girl and Her Blog
Easy Block Pumpkins The Hankful House
Isn’t it awesome how we all went in different directions with our pumpkin projects? Well I may have slightly stepped off the deep end, but I only get to break out once a year, so why not?
Here are a couple of “normal” projects I’ve shared recently:
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