October 8, 2009

B o o-tiful pumpkins!

I saw this idea last year when looking at HGTV's Fall decor postings, and I just couldn't pass it up this year...I HAD to make these! I mean who doesn't want some adorable, plastic-but-look-so-real pumpkins with the letters 'B', 'O', 'O' carefully cut out?! HGTV showed them being placed outside, however, with the crazy wind we have here because of the beach, I was afraid they would blow away...or some wild animal would walk away with my work of art in its mouth---so they are my inside decorations for now!

These were fairly simple to make and pretty cheap (would have been cheaper if I just waited until after Halloween for the sales like I kept telling myself...but I couldn't resist!). I bought these medium sized plastic pumpkins at Michael's. They were on sale for $5.99 each, but I also had the lovely 50% off coupon, so not bad at all!

I came home and picked the font on the computer. I chose one of my favorite fonts, 'Monterey'. Now, I know you can print out the font and trace it, but I just eye-balled it and drew on the pumpkins with a pen. Two HUGE things to keep in mind (that I didn't even think of until cutting) is to make sure you make the letters have enough support and that you make sure you draw the letters in a way that you aren't cutting out the centers of the B and O's...if that makes sense. You can see one of my O's has support at the bottom of the letter instead of it being 1 piece like the other O...I learned my lesson.

Cutting is the trickiest part. I started by cutting a hole in the bottom of the pumpkin for the lights to go in. I then took the small knife and started cutting. I tried all sorts of methods and I can't tell you which is the best...I did the sawing method, the puncture method and I then even resorted to scissors--all were challenging. I do have to say I feel it was pretty similar to cutting a pumpkin though--you have the harder outside and the foamy/squishy inside, so very similar.

I then placed these on top of our hutch with some rope light weaving in and out of it. I know you can also get those fake tealights if you wanted to set them outside. I am REALLY happy with how they came out and thrilled beyond words I get to use them next year!

Oh, and these pictures do not do these cute pumpkins justice at all! They are much cuter in person.

12 comments:

Stacey said...

I love them! They turned out SOO cute!!!!

Shannon said...

Those are so amazing. I am loving all the fun pumpkins this year, and I can hardly wait to get mine carved and painted. Fabulous job with these.

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

those turend out great. Don't you just love all th cool things that people are doing with pumpkins!

The DIY Show Off said...

Those are so cute! I love the glow. Great job!

Thanks for adding your inspiration to the Fall Festival! :)

Roeshel

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

When it is lit up, it looks amazing! Very cute!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

They turned out fabulous. I think carving the fake pumpkins is harder than the real ones. The only advantage is no gooey insides to deal with on the fake ones. Thanks for sharing yours & advising us on the "o"

Shayna Mills said...

Very cute, I love this and they last for years instead of weeks, great idea.

pk said...

These are so cute! Love your blog header too!
pk @ ROOM REMIX

{ L } said...

Wow! You did an exceptional job on this! It looks incredible.

Summer said...

I love that! I am sooo gonna try that next year! Thanks for the idea! I have all these fake but look real pumpkins and can never figure out what to do with them! Now I know! How super creative you are! Me not so much! Ha!

From Marriage to Motherhood said...

soooo cute!!

Stephanie@Because of Love said...

So cute!

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