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Hudson Bay Blanket Pumpkin...Sort Of

Hudson Bay Blanket Pumpkin...Sort Of

Have I mentioned that I am not so naturally crafty or artistically inclined as my mother and sister? Well, here you have my Hudson Bay Blanket Pumpkin: 

 

 

It was supposed to look like this: 

 

Let me explain. I didn’t read the instructions so, when my mother went out to buy materials for our evening of pumpkin decorating, she bought paint instead of what the instructions specified – multicolored painters tape. Ah, well. As we were late getting started, I went ahead with the paint, which was difficult to apply smoothly over the white spray paint. I made this one way more difficult than it would have been if I had taken the time to read the directions.

All it would take to create this classy design (as it was meant to be made) would be to buy black, green, red, yellow, and blue painters tape; then wrap the colors around in the pattern shown. So much for simplicity! I spent the same amount of time trying to paint straight lines around my pumpkin as Cassie did with her intricate design. If you try this one, I’m sure you won’t make my mistake. I’ve been describing this one as a Pinterest fail, so you are welcome to do the same😉

Trick or Treat Pumpkin

Trick or Treat Pumpkin

In second place for the Holden Family Pumpkin Decorating Contest, the honor goes to Cassie’s Trick or Treat pumpkin. This idea also came from Country Living from a couple of years ago (my mom is less into Pinterest pinning and more into dismantling magazines and keeping the ideas she likes in binders). Here’s the magazine version:

 

And here is Cassie’s finished project: 

 

This one has less steps, but it does require a steady hand.

  1. Put painter’s tape on the stem to cover it, then spray paint the pumpkin black. Note: Don’t make the mistake of getting glossy spray paint. Go for matte. I was teasing Cass that her pumpkin looked like a trash bag!
  2. After letting the pumpkin sit long enough that the paint is no longer tacky, you are ready to break out the paint brushes and white acrylic paint for the design. Now, you could draw the design on paper first, cut out the stencil, then use a pencil to trace it on the pumpkin before you start painting. Cassie freehanded it and I think it turned out pretty well!
  3. Take the painter’s tape off of the stem and let it dry. Done!
Mixing It Up With Pumpkin Painting

Mixing It Up With Pumpkin Painting

It has always been a Halloween tradition for my family and I to carve pumpkins together, and I’ve never been the type to use a stencil. I use a pencil to plan the placement of eyes, nose, mouth, and comically large teeth, but that’s about it for me. While visiting my family in Louisiana the past few weeks, I thought it would be nice to paint the pumpkins instead. Besides being fun, it is also a way to get the pumpkins to last longer than they typically do after being carved.

My mother, my sister, and I each had a plan that we found in an old issue of Country Living, and I thought it would be nice to share with you all how they turned out! One of these days we will have to plan a pumpkin decorating competition at Fangboner Farms because this was a lot of fun😊

Let’s start with the winner: my mom’s pumpkin owl. Here is the magazine picture:

 

 

Here’s how hers turned out:

 

 

Pretty adorable! Here’s how she did it.

  1. Pick out two pumpkins, one larger than the other, making sure that the smaller one stacks on top of the larger one without easily tipping over. We used medium size orange ones and spray painted them white because it was cheaper than buying white ones.
  2. Cut off the stem of your larger bottom pumpkin.
  3. You’ll need two medium size yellow buttons and slightly smaller black buttons. Using a hot glue gun, glue the dark buttons to the center of the yellow ones, then glue them on the smaller pumpkin that you’ve chosen for the owl’s head as his eyes.                                          
  4. My mom used some kind of seed for the beak, but anything you have outside that looks owl-beak like will do.
  5. The glasses were made using a vine from the backyard. Any bendable stem will work to make them. Just make two loops for the glasses. When you have adjusted the loops to go over the eyes, glue the glasses down.
  6. You can use sprigs of whatever plant you have around that resemble bushy eyebrows, then glue them as shown.
  7. The owl’s wings can also be made using natural ingredients. In this case, my mom used hydrangea leaves and spray painted them white.
  8. The bow tie can be made using any fabric scraps you want to use, then hot glue it after tying it.

 

And voila! You have your owl. Good job, Annette Holden!