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Now for a lace pumpkin.

Materials:

Pumpkin

  • I used a fake pumpkin from a craft store; I recommend these because their shape is more consistent and they’re reusable (after Halloween you can usually get them pretty cheap). You can use real pumpkins also.

Lace

  • I recommend choosing a color that compliments your pumpkin’s color. Any pattern will do.

Paint (and paint brush)

  • I used acrylic paint but regular craft paint is fine.

Scissors

  • Craft or kitchen scissors; safety scissors won’t work.

Thread (and needle)

  • Use thread that’s the same color as your lace. (I used purple for the tutorial so some of the stitching could be seen).

Instructions

  1. Select your pumpkin. If you’re using a real pumpkin make sure the surface is clean and dry.
  2. Paint your pumpkin! Or don’t and skip to step 3. I chose white so the pattern in the lace would be more apparent. The stem was painted black. Wait until the paint dries completely.
  3. Lay the lace over the top of the pumpkin and gather it underneath the base to make sure you will have enough to cover the entire thing.
  4. Cut a circular hole at the top of the pumpkin for the stem to come through.
  5. Gather the lace at the base of the pumpkin again and pull it so the lace is flesh with the pumpkin.
  6. Cut off the excess lace but make sure that there is still enough to cover the entire bottom. 
  7. Fold the lace on itself so that the pumpkin will sit flat when you’re done.
  8. Take your needle and thread and sew the lace together. I sewed in a wheel-spoke pattern around the base of the pumpkin, then sewed a star inside the circle to ensure all the lace would stay down. (If you aren’t good at sewing you could probably use glue as well).

All done! I hope this was easy to follow and helpful.

I also have a duck tape pumpkin tutorial here: http://kateysetsfire.tumblr.com/image/32920920659

The awesome thing about a duck tape pumpkin is that you can customize it however you want and make it fit with any decor.

Materials:

Pumpkin

  • I used a fake pumpkin from a craft store; I recommend these because their shape is more consistent and they’re reusable (after Halloween you can usually get them pretty cheap). You can use real pumpkins also.

Duck Tape

  • There are so many awesome designs these days. Try not to pick a pattern that will be noticeably distorted when you overlap the tape.

Scissors

  • I just used regular scissors. For an added effect, you can use craft patterned scissors as well.

Instructions:

  1. Select your pumpkin. If you’re using a real pumpkin make sure the surface is clean, dry and at room temperature.
  2. Place the edge of your duck tape at the base of the stem and unroll a strip long enough to touch the very bottom of your pumpkin, but don’t press the tape to the pumpkin’s surface yet.
  3. Cut the strip from the roll. You can pre-cut your strips if you want; I just cut from the roll as I went.
  4. Hold the edge of the tape that’s by the stem and pull the bottom of the tape so it is taught, making sure that it will run straight down the side of the pumpkin.
  5. Tilt the pumpkin at an angle and slowly lower the tape against the pumpkin’s surface until you can smooth the bottom of the tape directly under the pumpkin.
  6. Press the sides of the tape against the pumpkin and smooth out any creases or wrinkles in the tape.
  7. When you start with the next strip of tape, over lap about 1/4th of the previous strip to keep your tape lines consistent. 
  8. Repeat the process all around your pumpkin until it’s covered.
  9. Paint your stem; I used acrylic paint but regular craft paint should work fine.

All done! I hope this was easy to follow and helpful.

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