I love this thing. I had a couple of false starts, but the project was a lot of fun. Easy, too, if you have the right tools. Seriously, I wouldn’t have attempted this without a Dremel and a flex-shaft attachment.
- Cut a large hole in the bottom of the pumpkin, so you can place it over lights. I use electric tea lights, because the smell of burning foam gives me an awful headache.
- Mark out your grid. I used a measuring tape to get the lines where I wanted them.
- Punch out holes with your Dremel. Wear gear! Foam dust goes everywhere, no lie. My dust mask was AWOL, so I had to use a bandana. Call me Dremel Bandito.
- Give it a few coats of white paint until you’re happy with the finish. I used Ceramcoat Oyster White.
- Next, a coat of pearl. I used a pearl glaze by Making Memories.
- Once everything is dry, play connect-the-dots with a sharpie. I originally started with black paint, but I just couldn’t get enough control on the uneven surface. That part of the project will be forever known as The Back of The Pumpkin.
- Paint the stem black. Always paint the stem last, so you can use it to hold the pumpkin.
- All pretty!
I have one more craft pumpkin, a tall black one. I want to use the Dremel again, but this time I want to actually move it around and carve something, instead of just punching holes like a weenie.
Here is the video that got me started:
And now, a few linkies from today’s mining:
Three cute project ideas from Creative Blog
Pumpkin Topiary from Simpsonized Crafts
Ten truly lovely projects from Tatertots and Jello I want to do that specimen art.
Four Halloween Advent calendars from Tip Junkie
Surprisingly simple and elegant Frankenstein’s Monster (yeah, they just say Frankenstein, but I’m too nitpicky!) glass block