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.
Much like my Glam Pumpkin project, Jack started out life on the shelves of Hobbycraft.
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!
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
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.
Then covered the foil with masking tape.
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.
After that, it was just a case of positioning the stem how I wanted it, and getting on with the painting.
First, I gave Jack a coat of orange, using an
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.
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
A hui hou,