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Upcycling Your Halloween Pumpkins

Posted on September 22, 2015 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

If you’re anything like me, the easier it is to decorate for any holiday, the more time you’ve got to actually enjoy the holiday. And this is especially, for me at least, during Halloween. Now, I know, that there are literally thousands of ideas you can find online but I don’t have the time usually or the inclination to do much searching. I tend to get a bit dizzy and need liquid refreshment to help me out. So, as usual, I rely on my readers to help me out. This year this faithful band sent me loads of images and links.


I especially liked the ones that saved me having to carve up the pumpkin and whenever possible, able to use what I have on hand for the decoration – no heading to the mall or the dollar store for me. By the way, I’m not a great fan of the truly creepy and ghoulish, so my likes are usually pretty – well, actually – just pretty.


Here are a few of my favourites:


Office Supply Pumpkins




No doubt the easiest to do as you can be as klutzy as me and still create something beautiful. I happen to have loads of brads and pushpins on hand and will find these a delight to make. And, oh, goody, you can dress up your office desk in five minutes flat. 


Here's the link.


Lace Pumpkin




Definitely a more romantic way to decorate your pumpkin. This one is covered by a lace stocking but you could also use lace doilies, etc. Whatever you've got on hand is the idea. Check it out here.


Washi Tape Pumpkins




No fuss, no muss. These little pumpkins are decorated with double-sided tape and patterned ribbon but washi tape would do the trick as well. For this idea and more no-carve decorating ideas, click here.


Book Page Pumpkin




So what happens when you haven't had time to get to the market to pick up some pumpkins? Don't you worry, don't you fret - just head for your bookshelf and see if you've got a long-neglected, unread book taking up space. Et voila, a pumpkin centrepiece like not other. And you can use it for Thanksgiving, too. Find out how here.


Construction Paper Pumpkin




One for the kids - a pumpkin made from strips of orange construction paper. Easy-peasy instructions here.


Disguised as Pumpkins




My own version of faux pumpkins. I got a good deal on grapefruit at the market recently and decided that before being eaten, a few could easily substitute as wee pumpkins. Adding a witchy paper hat and mask was an easy way to make these look a little sinister - okay, they're not scary, just cute.


Halloween Workshop Studio

Posted on September 16, 2015 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)



Well, I'm already and so is my studio for our first workshop of the season. It was fun going through my storage unit and finding all my Halloween decorations. Usually I get rid of stuff once I've finished a class but for some reason I tend to hang on to my Halloween and Christmas stuff. And I'm glad I did.




I stopped by the Byward Farmers Market today and couldn't resist adding some fun to the piles of pumpkins I saw there. Wonder what people will think when they see these starring up at them.


Last Minute DIY Halloween Ideas

Posted on October 25, 2014 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Halloween is just a few days away (okay, a week) and I thought you'd like these two Halloween projects which would be fun to do with your kids. No kids, do these anyway.


'Poisoned' Apples, Anyone?



I will be making these to hand out if I recover from my trip back from Scotland. Traci over at FresnoBeehive gives you the recipe and the how-tos.


Not So Itsy, Bitsy Spider!



Haeley over at Design Improvised shows you how to make this spider balloon and also a balloon ghost. Check it out!


What's that on my plate?

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)



At Halloween I like to add a few little surprises for dinner guests to discover while wining and dining on the big day but these bugs I found over at Better Homes and Gardens aren't so subtle, are they? Hit you smack in the face. 


So easy to make and the folks at BHG even provide the images so you can create your own. Go here for instructions and for the bug image pdf.




Cassie over at Hi Sugarplum borrowed an idea from our lady Martha using bug images to decorate drinking glasses, vases and jars. You'll find her instructions here.




My own take of bugs on plates (in this case, the ubiquitous house fly) is somewhat less threatening but no less revolting. Imagine finding these under your salad! By the way,  You can use the images from BHG (see above) or get your bugs and crawlies over at the The Biodiversity Heritage Library. You might have to do some searching to find what you want, but it's worth the effort.


And if you're wondering what all this has to do with recycling - well, because you are using stick-on transfers as opposed to glue-on, you can actually remove the images (carefully) off your regular plates and glassware, stick them on a bit of plastic (I stuck my on a piece of aluminum foil), roll up, and store to use again next year - they're good for at least two more stick-ons! And, best of all, your plates, etc. will show no sign of their sinister and dark evening performances. 

Now - isn't that just plain weird?