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Go black and gold for a pretty Halloween display with an edge

By Megan Moser

Halloween gives people a chance to try on clothes that would otherwise seem outlandish, over the top or just plain strange. When we wear costumes, anything goes. Glitter? Yes. Rhinestones? Absolutely. Even sexy fishnet stockings are allowed — at least on this one day out of the year.

We thought, why not apply the same principle to pumpkins? They look great piled up on the porch, heralding autumn with their fiery oranges and creamy whites. But as Oct. 31 nears, it’s fun to put them in disguise. Mercury photographer Sarah Midgorden and I decided to give our pumpkins the glam rock treatment, with a palette of black and gold, along with some edgy studs and metallic glitter.

All of these techniques are super easy. And — bonus — since they’re painted but not carved, they’ll keep a lot longer than your average jack-o-lantern.

 

GLITTERED

 

Supplies

Small pumpkin

Mod Podge or white glue

Paint brush

Fine glitter, such as Martha Stewart

Paper plates

 

Directions

Cover a clean , dry pumpkin with a generous layer of Mod Podge or other glue, avoiding the stem. You don’t want any big gloppy spots, but a thin layer just doesn’t hold the glitter as well.

 

Over a paper plate, sprinkle glitter so that the entire pumpkin is covered. I like to hold the pumpkin by the stem and do the whole thing at once.

When covered, gently set the pumpkin on a new paper plate and use the glitter that has fallen on the other plate to finish covering any bare spots. If it doesn’t need it, return glitter to container.  Let dry overnight.

 

 

STUDDED

 

Supplies

Pumpkin, any size

Spray paint (optional)

Metal brads (either the standard kind found in office stores or decorative ones found in the scrapbooking section of supply stores) or thumbtacks

Pencil

 

Directions

In a well-ventilated area, put down some newspaper and spray paint a pumpkin whatever color you desire. We used black matte spray paint. (You can also leave pumpkins, especially white ones, bare, if you like.)

 

Let dry for at least 20 minutes. Add another coat, if desired.

 

Draw design on pumpkin using a pencil. Then, simply push the brads into the pumpkin along the pattern.

 

 

BEDAZZLED

 

Supplies

Pumpkin, any size

Spray paint (optional)

Rhinestones

Pencil

Hot glue gun

 

Directions

In a well-ventilated area, put down some newspaper and spray paint a pumpkin whatever color you like. (You can also leave pumpkins bare.)

Let dry for at least 20 minutes. Add another coat, if desired.

Draw design on pumpkin using a pencil. Then, place a dot of hot glue on the pencil line and put rhinestone on top. Push down on rhinestone, using pencil eraser. Repeat until design is covered with rhinestones.

 

One shortcut, by the way, is to buy rhinestones that are already attached together in a straight line. They’re in the scrapbooking section of a craft store. You can use them as you would individual rhinestones, but you can apply them more quickly.

 

 

CHALKED

 

Supplies

Pumpkin of any size with smooth surface for writing

Chalkboard spray paint

Chalk

Computer and printer, optional

Masking tape

Pencil

 

Directions

In a well-ventilated area, put down some newspaper and spray paint a pumpkin with chalkboard spray paint. Let dry for at least 20 minutes. Add another coat, if desired.

 

At this point, you can just draw on the pumpkin (and erase it and draw some more!). But if you want a certain font or more professional-looking words on your pumpkin, try this transfer method.

 

Type the words you want in a document on your computer. Select the font you want and size it to fit the surface of the pumpkin. Print.

 

Rub the back of the paper all over with chalk until it is covered. Then tape the paper, chalk side down, onto the pumpkin.

 

Trace the words with a pencil. Remove the tape and the paper. (Be careful; the masking tape can pull up any paint below it.)

 

Fill or touch-up the words with the chalk, if needed.

 

 

FISHNETTED

 

Supplies

Pumpkin, not too large

Fishnet or lace pantyhose

Ribbon or string

 

Directions

This is the easiest technique of all.

Push a pumpkin, bottom first, into the leg of a pair of pantyhose. Work it all the way down to the foot.

 

Gather the pantyhose around the stem and tie off with ribbon or string. Cut excess. That’s it. If needed, you can secure the loose ends with hot glue.









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