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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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Fall Vignette

Hi there! I’m just popping in with a quick post today. :) 

We don’t have many horizontal spaces in our home to decorate. The few that we do have get rearranged and made over every now and again. I just like to decorate! #cantstopwontstop

Our bedroom dresser is on of those spaces. A friend gifted me with an awesome vintage lamp. Along with decorating and redecorating, I also have a thing for lamps. I am a lamp girl, and I have more than I have handbags. 

Fall VignetteOne thing led to another, and I was creating a little Fall vignette. My grandmother’s pumpkin painting returned, and in came the warm woods, textures, and old books. You just can’t have Fall decor without old books! 

Fall VignetteThe backlit marquee ampersand is still hanging out, along with some framed wedding photos…one framed in barn wood. One of the only types of plants I can keep alive sits atop an old wooden box…similar to a card catalog. 

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Fall VignetteThis little vignette definitely warms up the space and gives off a festive Fall vibe. That’s about the extent of my Fall decor this year! I’m actually enjoying keeping it simple. :)

That’s all for today! I’ll see y’all on Friday. :)

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Fall Mantel 2014

Happy hump day and happy October! I hope everyone had a great weekend and first half the week. My husband and I celebrated 5 years of marriage on Saturday! That happened fast! And I hear the years will only start moving faster. 

We had an awesome day of relaxed celebrating. We took a drive through the beautiful Texas Hill Country to the town where we were both engaged and married. It is one of the most gorgeous areas of Texas. Our day involved a leisurely stroll through a rose garden, a wine tasting, lots of good food and coffee and we even stopped by Round Top! I’ve never been to Round Top before, much less during Antique Weeks. It is insane! And awesome. I told Tim, given one day and enough money….I could easily furnish an entire home just shopping those booths. 

It was a much needed, relaxing day away. This is always a busy time of year for us, but my husband and I have started the adoption process {!!!}. Much of our free time has been spent filling out stacks of paper work, working on the house to get it ready, and fundraising. 

Fall Mantel 2014The Fall decor has been a bit minimal this year {at least compared to previous years}. On top of just being flat out busy, we’re also about to have our 20+ year old floors replaced…so everything is about to get packed up anyway. 

So, I kept things pretty simple on the mantel this year. The thermoses {thermi?} are back! I can’t get enough of these cuties. I saw a lot of these at Round Top. They make me think of cooler weather and tailgating when I look at them. :)

Fall Mantel 2014My super easy, 5 minute garland stayed. The muted color and textures fit right in with Fall. 

Fall Mantel 2014I layered a chippy old frame on top of my Goodwill mirror, stuck some yellow mums in the chalk-painted wood crate, added a big orange pumpkin and called it a day! It’s not fussy or elaborate. Easy, simple Fall decor. Done. 

 

Fall Mantel 2014

 

Fall Mantel 2014Do you go all out decorating for Fall or do you like to keep it simple?

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