Aged Jack O’Lantern with DIY - The Witch at OneandSeventy

From Sleepy Hollow to The House with a Clock in its Walls, creepy pumpkins have become something of a Halloween staple. Indeed, the brilliant DIY below is one that regularly appears on my Pinterest feed and a project I return to year after year with the intention of recreating. And never do! But while all of the aforementioned have eerie faces, my Aged Jack O’Lantern with its oversized DIY stem is an altogether more friendly fella.

DIY Creepy Pumpkin Horror Prop via Pinterest - source unknown
Source: Pinterest (I would love to know who made this and credit them properly!)

Much like my Glam Pumpkin project, Jack started out life on the shelves of Hobbycraft.

Aged Jack O’Lantern with DIY - The Witch at OneandSeventy

If your 2019 Halloween crafting card is already marked, now’s the time to pick up maché pumpkins so you can work on them for next year. Assuming you have space to store them, of course. This close to Halloween, you might even get them on sale!

Ageing this guy was super easy; all he needed was a simple paint job, starting with a “primer” base of white acrylic. But I really wanted him to have a curly stem.

Having never sculpted before, I took my cue from those artisans of polymer clay.

How to make a simple curly stem for a faux pumpkin

Aged Jack O’Lantern with DIY - The Witch at OneandSeventy

Leaving one end open, I twisted a length of tin foil (sorry, I didn’t measure it!) until I had a pleasing, stem-like shape. I actually made two, because I was going to twist them together, but ended up really liking the larger one on its own.

Top Tip – Working with foil can give you paper cuts, so be careful!

When I had a pleasing shape, I glued the open end onto the stem of the maché form.

Aged Jack O’Lantern with DIY - The Witch at OneandSeventy

Then covered the foil with masking tape.

Aged Jack O’Lantern with DIY - The Witch at OneandSeventy

At this point, I was just going to paint it, but I decided it would look more woody and realistic if I added a layer with texture.

For that, I grabbed some brown packing paper from an Amazon delivery, which I glued on and sealed with a good lashing of Mod Podge.

Aged Jack O’Lantern with DIY - The Witch at OneandSeventy

Perfect!

After that, it was just a case of positioning the stem how I wanted it, and getting on with the painting.

Aged Jack O’Lantern with DIY - The Witch at OneandSeventy

First, I gave Jack a coat of orange, using an acylic from a set I bought at The Works. Isn’t it a FAB pumpkin colour? I loved it so much, I went back for more but sadly, it’s only sold in sets – total bummer.

To create age and shadows, I added patches of brown across areas of the orange and in all the creases, and dry-brushed small patches with a little white to create the effect of mould.

Finally, I added touches of black acrylic to the stem for a little age and depth. 

Aged Jack O’Lantern with DIY - The Witch at OneandSeventy

All in all, I think it turned out really well, but I’ll leave that for you to decide. As always, I’d love to hear what you think, so drop a comment below to let me know or hook up with me on Instagram or Facebook.

I still have one more maché form in my stash to make another aged Jack O’Lantern. If I get chance, I might even have to nip down to Hobbycraft before Halloween disappears and see if I can pick up a few to make my very own pumpkin patch!

A hui hou,

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Aged Jack O’Lantern with DIY - The Witch at OneandSeventy

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