Its that time of the year when the Summer is ending, and Halloween seems just around the corner. I start seeing the fall items appear in stores and immediately want to start making Halloween decorations. For the past two years I have made “gourd guys” with the faux pumpkins and gourds you can find at any craft stores. First I turned them into ornaments and a topper for my Halloween tree
. Then last year year I used them to create a wreath
. This year I still had the urge to paint their little faces but wanted to create something new.
-faux gourds and pumpkins, these come in all kinds of sizes and you just want to pick something that matches up with the size of your jars
-floral picks with red berries for noses, these are found in the floral section of most craft shops and come in all sorts of sizes. Round balls or some times longer oval shaped berries.
-acrylic paint and brushes
-glue, I used a hot glue gun
-glass jars and corks that fit into them
-sharp x-acto knife for cutting into bottom of pumpkins
Follow my tutorial for painting the pumpkins faces found here.
Trace the top of the cork onto bottom of your pumpkin or gourd, and use x-acto blade to carefully cut away a space for the cork.
Use hot glue and hold cork in place while it dries. Thats it! Its very easy!
You can make tiny jars, or bigger jars which I think would make fun gifts filled with candy. You can fill your jars with sweets, colored water for potions, or even something like bobby pins, q-tips, etc and display them in the bathroom to bring some Halloween decor to other rooms in your home. If you choose to make some and post it on social media please consider using the hashtag #gourdguys so I can find it.
Save the date, big Halloween update in my shop Friday September 1st 8pm EST. Halloween ceramics, plush, and a sewing pattern!
I’ve been working on my Halloween quilts (this is one I started two Summers ago!) a bit this month. I wanted to finish both of them before the end of July, and now I’m pushing it a bit by saying before the end of August ;) The days just get away from me in the Summer with so many activities going on. In any case I am hoping they are both finished before Halloween this year, that is at least a goal that seems quite manageable.
This quilt is a big hodgepodge, no set pattern and I’m adding sections of gray fabric wherever I need. I don’t mind the randomness of it, and since technically speaking it was one of the first quilt I ever started, I’m okay with any weirdness.