01/11/2015

#screamhome | No-carve Pumpkins

*I'm so sorry this post is late, but maybe you could grab a pumpkin on the cheap and try these DIYs out as a post-Halloween crafty sesh*


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I'm sure pumpkins spring to mind when most people think of Halloween, the shops are full of them and the internet comes alive with pumpkin-related tutorials! It's no different here on itsneecola, except I've strayed from the typical carving situation and gone for the painting option! No-carve pumpkins do seem to be quite popular this year but, as with most of my #screamhome decorations, mine will be far from Pinterest-worthy. I did have a lot of fun decorating them though, particularly the dotty ones as they were so easy!

For a full disclaimer about the #screamhome project, click here. This post isn't sponsored.


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Dotty Pumpkins

Inspiration: This Pin and this Pin.
You will need:
- a pumpkin
- paint (I used black, gold and glittery paint from Tesco)
- sponge (I had two circular sponges on a stick from a set I bought in pound land!)
Method:
- Pour a blob of paint onto a plate
- Dip the sponge into the paint
- Tap the excess paint off the sponge onto a clean patch of plate
- Stamp!
- Repeat with all your colours until you are happy with the 'design' - you may need to go over each dot a few times to get an opaque finish




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Spikey/Stripey Pumpkin
Inspiration: This Pin and this Pin.
You will need:
- a pumpkin
- duck tape (you could probably use masking tape?!)
- paint (I used the same black paint as before)
- sponge or paint brush (again, mine were in the set from pound land!)
Optional:
- glue
- glitter
Method:
- Using the tape, map out where you want the stripes/spikes to go on the pumpkin (you could spend ages doing this if you want to make it really neat and symmetrical, but I wasn't too exact about it and am pretty pleased with how mine turned out!)
- Make sure the tape is pressed totally flat to the pumpkin so there are no little gaps (where there might be ridges for example) - you don't want any paint to get under there as it will spoil the whole design!
- Using your sponge or paintbrush, paint inside the lines of tape - as before, you may need to paint a couple of coats to ensure the colour is opaque
- Wait! Be patient. Let the paint fully dry.
- When you're sure the paint is as dry as can be, carefully peel off the duck tape
- (If you find that any edges aren't as neat as you'd like, you could always go over with more paint and a thin brush or even a marker pen if you have a colour that matches your paint!)
- Done? You can leave it there if you like, but I spread a thin layer of glue around the top of the pumpkin and sprinkled some gold glitter over the top for some added sparkle


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Sugar Skull Pumpkin
Disclaimer: I did a lot of research before making this pumpkin as I didn't want to offend anybody. As I mentioned in my #screamhome Introduction and Disclaimer blog post, I felt so inspired by Mexico's Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and although I am fully aware that it is not their version of Halloween I wanted to appreciate this culture through creating a pumpkin sugar skull as I love what they represent and this really fits in and inspired my entire #screamhome theme of celebration and light (rather than the traditional darkness associated with Halloween)
Inspiration: This Pin and The Book of Life (film)
You will need:
- a pumpkin
- a black pen
- paint
- sponge/brushes
Optional
- glue
- glitter
- glow in the dark paint (I got mine from Tesco)
Method:
- Paint your pumpkin white - I wasn't patient enough to wait for days and days to get a totally opaque layer but once the design was finished it didn't look too bad anyway!
- Get inspired! Have a reference picture nearby and draw your design outline using the black pen, then fill in relevant areas with black paint
- Have fun! Using whatever colours you have, have fun with the design using dots and swirls and anything else that you see on your inspiration pictures
- I finished my pumpkin off with some glitter (naturally) and glow in the dark paint on the eyes and mouth (as this is where I would have carved if I was doing any carving and thus a candlelight would have shone through here!)

What do you think?! As I said before, not very Pinterest-worthy, I know, but I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out! Have you done any pumpkin decorating this year?

I hope you've enjoyed this #screamhome series - don't forget to have a look at the other blog posts (the Introduction and Disclaimer, Food Treats and Candle Crafts) and the super-cute video with my special guest!

Nicola x
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