Crafts

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Pumpkins

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Happy Monday, y’all! I have a fun craft project to share with you today! I’ve talked before about how we have a ton of kids on our block and how we like to make their Trick-or-Treating experience a little more fun for them. Along with having our dog in costume, we like to decorate the front porch in fun, non-scary ways {especially since most of the kids we see are little ones}. Thanks to Mod Podge, we’re stepping it up a notch this year in the decor department. 

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween PumpkinsI am so excited about our glow-in-the-dark pumpkins! This is a very simple project, but it adds a whole lot of fun! Who doesn’t love stuff that glows in the dark? To make your own glow-in-the dark pumpkins, you will need: 

  • A pumpkin — faux or real will do
  • Glow-in-the-Dark Mod Podge
  • Mod Podge Silicone Craft Mat
  • A foam craft brush
  • A pencil 
  • A permanent marker

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Pumpkins

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween PumpkinsThe first step is to paint a coat of Glow-in-the-Dark Mod Podge on your pumpkin. The more coats you paint on, the better your pumpkin will glow. I did a total of 3 coats. Allow each coat of Mod Podge to dry for about 15 minutes before applying the next. I set mine on my Mod Podge Silicone Craft Mat to dry. It worked better than just newspaper or wax paper because it don’t get stuck to the mat. 

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween PumpkinsWhen you are finished coating the pumpkin with Mod Podge and it is completely dry, you can sketch on a message or image with a pencil. When the pumpkin is glowing, your message will have a sort of silhouette effect. I found a scripty font online to use as a guide for my “Happy Halloween”. If you’re not as confident in your freehand abilities, you can use a transfer method. Print out your image and color the back of the image with pencil. Place the paper against your pumpkin {pencil side down, print side up} and trace the words or print in pencil. This will transfer the graphite to your pumpkin. 

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween PumpkinsThe next step is to fill in your words or image with a permanent marker or paint. 

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween PumpkinsAllow your pumpkin to “charge” in UV light. Either sitting it in the sun or using a black light works well. Then, when it gets dark you will have a fun glowy pumpkin! 

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Pumpkins

 

Isn’t that great? Everything is more fun with glow-in-the-dark! You can find more crafty ideas here:

DIY Faux Sugar Skulls with Collage Clay by Mod Podge

3 DIY Decoden Cell Phone Cases with Mod Podge + Dollar Store Jewelry

Plaid Blog – Introducing Mod Podge Modeling Clay

Plaid Decoden Pinterest Board

Plaid Website

The Plaid Palette Blog

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Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Pumpkins

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Hootie-Hoo! {Fun Fall Wreath}

Happy first official day of Fall! We even got a teeny cool front in honor of the day! It’s glorious! :)

I’m slowly, but surely getting my Fall decor up. I’m normally done by now, but things have been crazier and busier than usual here. I did have time to make a new wreath. Getting my craft on is a bit therapeutic for me. It was nice to check out for a bit and do something just for fun! 

Hootie-Hoo! {Fun Fall Wreath}

I decided to try the pool noodle wreath form that I have seen a few places. My local dollar store still had them in stock. All I had to do to create the wreath form was stick both ends together with a good amount of duct tape. 

Make a wreath form with a dollar store pool noodle and duct tape

 

I found this really cute black and white upholstery trim at Hob Lob and decided to use that to wrap the wreath form. I bought the remainder of the spool which was about 12 1/2 yards and used almost all of it. 

Hootie-Hoo! {Fun Fall Wreath}

I used a few straight pins to secure the end of the trim to the wreath. Then I just wrapped it tightly around the form until I completed the circle. I used straight pins again to secure the other end to the back of the wreath. 

Hootie-Hoo! {Fun Fall Wreath}

Then it was time to decorate the wreath! I cut a bunch of leaf shapes out of different colored sheets of felt. I layered them onto one side of the wreath and attached them with hot glue. 

Hootie-Hoo! {Fun Fall Wreath}

The final step was to find something cute to sit at the bottom of the leaves. I think this adorable wooden owl does the trick! This little cutie came from Michael’s and he’s hanging on by the world’s largest glob of hot glue. 

Hootie-Hoo! {Fun Fall Wreath}

 

Are you ready for FALL? I am! Bring on the cool weather! 

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Paper Laurel Wreath {All Things Thrifty Contributor}

Hi there! I’m just popping in real quick to let you know that my latest contributor post is up at All Things Thrifty! I’m sharing a tutorial for this adorable Paper Laurel Wreath. It’s the perfect transitional craft for the end of summer/back to school season!

Make your own : Paper Laurel Wreath

 

If you missed my last post at All Things Thrifty, you can find that here

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Have a great day! 

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