Spooky cemetery pumpkin for Halloween
It’s almost Halloween time! And that, of course means decorating pumpkins. For this one, I was inspired by the dioramas I used to make in school. I started with a plain black faux pumpkin from Michaels. I sketched out a design of a haunted house and tree and then used my Walnut Hollow hot knife to easily carve out my design.
I painted a small Styrofoam ball yellow to serve as my moon, and used a push pin and some fishing line to suspend it from the ceiling of the inside of my pumpkin. I also painted the inside of the pumpkin with a mixture of purple and black, to make the night sky.
I wanted to light up the inside of my pumpkin with some faux stars, and did so with some poster lights that I also found at Michaels. The hot knife quickly made holes in the back and I poked the lights through. Don’t worry about the ugly wires dangling — just cover them with some black duct tape!
I covered the base of my graveyard, both inside and outside the pumpkin, with some moss that I thought looked appropriately dead!
I bought a couple of packages of miniature tombstones and a package of cemetery fencing. I used hot glue to affix most of them inside the pumpkin and a couple to the outside.
I set my finished pumpkin on a cake stand and added more of the moss around it. The girls absolutely love it and I am rather fond of the outcome myself!
And here are a few fun pumpkin-related news items from your local Michaels store:
- All Michaels locations are hosting a Great Pumpkin Event on Saturday, October 5 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. For only $6 (which covers the cost of a 9″ carveable pumpkin), kids can create their own pumpkin design. A free face painter will also be on hand. Sounds like a great weekend event for the whole family!
- Did you know that Michaels offers custom carved pumpkins that can be personalized with a variety of designs and names? Prices start at $19.99 and you can them order at all Michaels locations. Make sure to place your order by Oct. 13 so that it will be completed by Halloween. Visit www.michaels.com/custom-carved-pumpkins for more information.