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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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InstaFriday + Miscellany

It’s November, y’all! What the what. This year = one big fat blur. More importantly, it is Friday. I’m so happy about this, it makes me want to break out in sponataneous song and dance. But I shall spare you. You are welcome. 

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My birthday was on Sunday. It was a nice low key day. Sleeping in, impromptu lunch with a couple of friend, dinner with family. I am one blessed lady. Birthday lattes are a thing.

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I stole this one from my sister’s feed. She hopped on in to town for a couple of days, and I’m so glad I got to see her. :) 

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My mom is really good at gift giving. My grandma had one of these and it was pretty much my favorite thing ever. It broke a long time ago, but I’ve always wanted one. My mom found one, and now it is sitting amidst the fall decor {don’t judge}.

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Those are two lovely bunnies, no? This is me with my other little sister. My mom sewed us those costumes. I wanted to make sure I was fully suited up, so I ran and grabbed some old pink winter gloves from the bottom of a drawer. That look on my face is the one I made when I thought I was pretty darn awesome, but was trying to tone it down a bit. The look on my sister’s face makes me think a nap was in order. Hehe :)

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We had fun passing out candy to the neighborhood kids last night. We always humiliate the dog by dressing her as a hot dog. She’s always a fan favorite and loves the attention. I think she gets a little offended when littles pet her and then walk away. We had 3 confused little people wander inside the house {hehe} and Macy decided to bark and howl every time the doorbell rang, so we moved our party to the driveway.

We didn’t have nearly as many trick-or-treaters this year, possibly due to the monsoon we had for most of the day, which resulted in street flooding, etc. I think a lot of people planned to go to indoor festivals in case the rain didn’t subside. The weather was beautiful, courtesy of the rains, and it was wonderful to sit outside. We had some candy leftover due to our low numbers and I ate 4 bags of Jelly Bellies. There. I confessed.

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I am loving these spaces that I found on Pinterest this week…

If you are a blogger….. I am hosting a Christmas Tour of Homes in December {woohoo} and I’m looking to fill a few more spots. If you are interested, or would like more information you can head over here to apply. If you know someone else who might be interested, please feel free to pass along! 

Be sure to check out all of the other Look for Less Design Challenge Projects! These ladies are so talented! 

Have a great weekend !

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