How’s your week been? It’s been a busy one here on Planet Suzy Homemaker. Much like the rest of the year, then. I mean really… it’s October tomorrow. OCTOBER! Can you actually believe it? Where has this year gone?!
On the bright side, this means we can officially talk Halloween.
I have quite a few projects on the go, so don’t be surprised if you hear a bit more from over the next month. There’s also the small matter of a Halloween giveaway to complete, which comes to an end on Monday.
If you haven’t already entered, you’d better get in quick if you don’t want Yorick spending Halloween with someone else!
So, onto today’s craft project. How about some stylish Trick or Treat pumpkins for your Halloween decorations? I’ve even included a free SVG file for those of you with a Cricut or Cameo.
OK, if you don’t have a cutting machine the SVG file might be no use whatsoever, but never fear! You can still easily recreate this project using shop-bought stickers.
Where to find white faux pumpkins in the UK
I’ve been asking myself (and anyone who’ll listen) that very question. Across the puddle, our US crafting counterparts are awash with fabulous autumn décor, including pumpkins and squashes in all manner of colours, real and artificial.
Here in the UK?
Not so much.
I’ve been hankering after white faux pumpkins for at least 50 years. What is it about the UK that only wants to stock tacky orange ones?
And not very good ones at that.
I bought these in Hobbycraft.
You see what I’m dealing with here?
Now usually, I love Hobbycraft; it’s still my go-to place for all things crafty but I’m sorry, the store’s autumn/Halloween range is pants. The only plain pumpkins on offer were these polystyrene nightmares.
Shoddy construction and painted in a garish orange, they weren’t exactly the stylish décor I was after.
When I saw them, I knew I’d have to crack open the paint but what I didn’t realise was I’d entirely misjudged their size. They weren’t going to fit anywhere among my autumn décor. There was only one thing for it.
They would require Halloweenifying.
That is totally a word.
With surface space at a premium around these parts, I intend to go UP with these babies. The plan is to suspend them from the ceiling, probably over The Witch at OneandSeventy’s sweetie station, but that might change.
Being polystyrene makes hanging them easy. Simply thread invisible cotton through the stalks and attach them to the ceiling with drawing pins. You might be able to use tape, as they’re so light, but you’ll want to use the clear stuff if you want them to look like they’re floating in mid-air.
Making these pumpkins is really easy and (aside from drying time), takes very little time and effort. All you need is a few supplies:
- Polystyrene Pumpkins
- Black and White paint
- Silver Metallic paint (optional)
- Black vinyl or stickers
- Floristry wire
- Black card
- Cutting machine or scissors
- All purpose glue (I use UHU)
How to make Trick or Treat Pumpkins
- First, paint your pumpkins – you’ll probably need two coats to cover that orange. I used white acrylic and black silk emulsion left over from the Guest Room Makeover.
- Then, cut your words in vinyl (or peel off your shop-bought stickers) and stick them on.
How easy was that?
I couldn’t find the text I wanted in the Cricut library, so I designed my own. Fellow Cricut owners or Silhouette Cameo users can grab the individual words as SVG files by clicking on the image below.
If you fancy making the bats, simply cut out some bat shapes in black card and glue each one to a length of silver floristry wire. Again, the polystyrene works in our favour, as it makes it easy to push in the wire and adjust each bat to the height you want.
Whether you paint the stalks in silver metallic acrylic is up to you. I did, because I think it finishes them off and they suit our décor, but it’s entirely optional.
Last year’s Halloween decorations and sweetie station
Again, you don’t NEED a cutting machine to add letters to a pumpkin. This time of year, I’ll wager you can pick up sticky “Trick or Treat” words quite easily. Even if they come as one phrase, just take a pair of scissors to ‘em!
If you can’t find any stickers, how about trying your hand at painting on the words? You could even stencil them on.
If “Trick or Treat” isn’t working for you, how about using just three little letters…
B O O
One letter for each pumpkin.
Now you can definitely buy THOSE and even I, who cannot draw for toffees, would have a go at painting those!
What are you waiting for?
Grab your pumpkins and get crafting!
As always, I’d love to hear from you. If you like this project, drop a comment below to let me know!
A hui hou,