We thought the entry to our home was a little plain. We’ve had several people say we really need something there to make it look more welcoming. We fully agreed. We have a large space beside the front door that had potential for something. It was not really a spot big enough to put a table and chairs, but we knew it needed something, we liked the idea of some sort of decoration.
With the start of fall we slowly put our decorations outside. We had collected together a wreath for the front door, and a table to put to the side of the door with some odds and ends on it. It still felt like it needed something. Pumpkins! Nothing says fall like pumpkins.
Jason and I have been going to pumpkin patches since we started dating, its tradition. We were supposed to go this weekend to take Everly for the first time, but we got a little rained out with the massive storm that came through. Thankfully Target had the answer for us.Target has these awesome plastic pumpkins that you can decorate or carve, its brilliant! Make the pumpkins look however you want and you don’t have to worry about them rotting. I have actually seen them at Michael’s the craft store before but they are ridiculously expensive there, we got a much better deal at Target.
We had seen on Pinterest a few ideas for what we wanted to do with them, we really loved the idea of putting our family name and the year we got married. Sure we had seen lots of pictures of this but I did not find instructions. So I figured it out on my own, and here you go.
Our two pumpkins we selected, Everly loved that the one pumpkin was just her size and was playing with it the whole time in the store and at home. There is an even larger pumpkin, but we liked the shape of these two.
If you have a printer that works you can easily type up your wording, or name, whatever it is you want to put on the pumpkins and print it out. Our printer kicked it recently so I cheated. I typed it all up, and then held the paper up to the computer screen and traced. It works.
Then to transfer the font onto the pumpkin you can either use carbon paper and put it under the paper your font is on and transfer it onto the pumpkin, or you can do what I did. I held my paper up to the window and covered the backside of the font area with pencil. I cut around the wording to make the paper more manageable to deal with and taped it to the pumpkin. I then drew over each letter with a pen, pressing firmly so that each letter transferred onto the pumpkin. Works just like carbon paper.
To make it easier to see I did go over the outline on the pumpkin with a permanent marker. I was a little worried that the pencil might come off before I had the chance to paint them. Its also just easier on the eyes to be able to see it better.
The next step was to paint over them. I just used black acrylic paint. Really you can use any colour you want. It might even be nice to figure out a way to use glitter to do the wording. I might adjust a few things to my pumpkin, but I am happy with the way they turned out, and I really like how they add to our decorations outside. I love the fact that I get to use them again next year and many fall seasons to come.