Pumpkin Week – Day 5: Paper Pumpkins

October 23, 2009 - Filed under Halloween, How-to

If yesterday’s handmade pumpkin ideas are a little too much work… don’t worry cause here are some super easy paper pumpkins. They’re kid friendly too!


1. The hostess with the mostess has instructions for this mod take on a paper pumpkin.

2. Laurie Flannery’s craft club spent an evening making these pumpkins.

3. This 3D pumpkin is made from strips of paper fastened together.

4. Turn ordinary paper lanterns it to pumpkins lanterns.

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Pumpkin Week – Day 4: Handmade Pumpkins

October 22, 2009 - Filed under Halloween, How-to, Inspiration

It’s always a little sad when that Jack-O-lantern you put so much work into starts to shrivel up on you. Here are some great ideas for handmade pumpkins you can keep forever.

handmade pumpkins

1. Decadent Fibers’ needle felting kit, includes two needles, illustrated instructions, and custom-dyed wool.

2. Martha shows you how to make these decorative pumpkins from rope, and foam balls.

3. Etsy is a great place to shop for handmade holiday decorations, like this cute little pumpkin.

4. David Frykman has several Halloween inspired woodcarvings including this set of three pumpkins.

5. More pumpkins made with hand dyed wool over at Turkey Feathers.

6. Show off your basic wood working skills with these easy wooden pumpkins.

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Pumpkin Week – Day 3: Carve-less Pumpkins

October 21, 2009 - Filed under Halloween, How-to, Inspiration

Not a fan of the messy pumpkin innards? Don’t have time to get your hands dirty? Or just plain don’t like to carve? Why not try one of these easy ‘carve-less’ pumpkin ideas.


1. Try painting your pumpkin white then use a stencil and some black acrylic paint. More examples.

2. Lace inspired. With spray adhesive, place a doily on your pumpkin and use a small stencil brush to fill in the pattern.

3. For a cheap but expensive look, use gold and silver leaf.

4. How about glitter pumpkins to bring a little sparkle to your party.

5. Use ordinary black upholstery tacks to create a pattern on your pumpkin.

6. Ok, so this one does involve a little bit of carving…. Drill holes or use a nail to punch holes in your pumpkin, then place flowers through the holes.

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Pumpkin Week – Day 2: Pretty Pumpkins

October 20, 2009 - Filed under Halloween, How-to, Inspiration, Thanksgiving

Not all pumpkins have to be spooky, or even orange for that matter. Check out some of these gorgeous pumpkins for a less traditional look. These would also be great for Thanksgiving decorations as well.


1. Use an electric drill in varying sizes to get a quick and sophisticated look. You can also use a hammer and small cookie cutters to create a similar look.

2. Get inspired by patterns around you. Use lino cutters to carve out an intricate pattern.

3. This autumn centerpiece uses a flea market chandelier turned upside-down. (You could also spray the chandelier black for a spookier display at your Halloween party)

4. Use woodcarving tools or small pieces of pipe to create a lace-like pattern.

5. This thorny pattern is inspired by antique chinaware.

6. Light your front steps or your living room, with a lantern inspired pumpkin.

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Pumpkin Week – Day 1: Jack-O-lanterns & Creepy Carvings

October 19, 2009 - Filed under Halloween, Holidays, How-to

Flickr is your friend when it comes to getting inspiration for your Jack-O-lantern. There are so many great pumpkins on there it can almost be overwhelming when deciding on a design.

Creepy Jack-o-Lantern

Once you’ve decided on your design you can either free-hand it on to your pumpkin, or draw it out on a piece of paper first, then transfer it to your pumpkin by placing a piece of carbon paper between your design and your pumpkin, and then tracing over it (I’ve also done this without the carbon paper… just push a bit harder with your pencil and you’ll leave a slight indent in the pumpkin’s surface).

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Pet Costumes

October 16, 2009 - Filed under Halloween, Holidays


Part of me feels it’s wrong, and just can’t help but feel sorry for these little guys… but secretly I kinda love it!

From left to right: Headless Horseman; Flying Ferret; Hot Dog; Zelda Bee; Roaring Lion

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Adult Costumes

October 15, 2009 - Filed under Halloween, Holidays


There are a bunch of great resources out there when it comes to DIY costumes. A couple of my favs are Craftster.org and Instructables.com

From left to right: Sesame Steet’s Yip & Yip; Zombie Lego Man; Headless Marie Antoinette; Nike Shoe; Beaker

Beaker Costume Halloween 2008

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Kid Costumes

October 14, 2009 - Filed under Halloween, Holidays, Inspiration


There’s definitely no shortage of inspiration out there when it comes to costume ideas for kids!

From left to right: Spring Chicken; Col. Sanders; Kermit the Frog; Snappy Lobster; Giggly Goldfish; Max from Where The Wild Things Are

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Subversive Cross Stitch – Halloween Patterns

October 13, 2009 - Filed under Halloween, Holidays

Subversive Cross Stitch has a new Halloween Pattern Kit. It comes with 4 patterns and even includes Glow-in-the-Dark thread!


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Chillingworth the owl

October 12, 2009 - Filed under Halloween, Holidays

Check out this amazingly creepy owl, Ann Wood made from an antique bodice.


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