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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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A Fall Porch – Inspired by the Pumpkin Patch

Good morning! As I told you yesterday when I showed you my Fall wreath, today I’m sharing my front porch all gussied up for the season! My jumping off point was my blue quatrefoil rug. I stuck that out there this summer, and I’m just not ready to put it away yet. Blues always work well with Fall decor, since blue and orange are complementary colors. It brings in something a bit unexpected, but still meshes well.

A Fall Porch - Inspired by the Pumpkin PatchI always use a mix of pumpkins and gourds in my Fall decor, especially on the porch. The colors and textures are too beautiful to not incorporate them! We don’t have a very large porch, so I keep the decor fairly minimal. I add a little height using apple buckets and wooden boxes. This year I used a wooden pie box {with a little shout out to my beloved State}.

A Fall Porch - Inspired by the Pumpkin Patch

 

A Fall Porch - Inspired by the Pumpkin PatchMy little porch reminds me of a pumpkin patch, which is one of my favorite Fall-time activities. So much fun and laughter to be had a pumpkin patch!

A Fall Porch - Inspired by the Pumpkin PatchMy leaf garland comes out every year. I thought about leaving it in the box, but it just didn’t seem like Fall without it. So the garland remains.

A Fall Porch - Inspired by the Pumpkin PatchThis giant chalkboard is courtesy of scrap MDF my parents had and leftover chalkboard paint. I screwed some eye hooks into the back and hung with twine I also already had on hand. Hooray for large, free chalkboards! I already have plans for this guy after Fall.

A Fall Porch - Inspired by the Pumpkin Patch

A Fall Porch - Inspired by the Pumpkin Patch

 

A Fall Porch - Inspired by the Pumpkin Patch

 

A Fall Porch - Inspired by the Pumpkin Patch

 

A Fall Porch - Inspired by the Pumpkin Patch

 

A Fall Porch - Inspired by the Pumpkin Patch

 

A Fall Porch - Inspired by the Pumpkin Patch

A Fall Porch - Inspired by the Pumpkin Patch

Have a wonderful day!

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31 Days to a Stress-Free Holiday : Make Any Christmas Decor

I hope y’all have had as great of a weekend as I have! My hubs took me to a nice dinner Friday night for my birthday, then I got to celebrate with my family yesterday, and topped everything off today by attending the wedding of an old college friend and catching up with some friends. It made me feel a tad old. :)

I started working on some of my Christmas decor today, and I have a sneak peek for you. I’m making a few changes to my existing decor. Maybe not changing so much as adding to it. Our Christmas decorations are a mix of traditional, vintage, and rustic.

I, along with everyone else in the world, was really inspired by Anthropologie’s Christmas display from last year. I’m totally in love with the vintage bottle brush trees and plastic deer. I’m planning on doing my own take on that this year, in addition to using what decorations I already have.

I saw this little guy at Target and kinda fell in love. I’m thinking I’ll do my own take on this as well using the little blue, Victorian house I found at Goodwill. It’s just too cute!

I also want to make something to display Christmas cards on. What Christmas decor crafts are you hoping to make this year? Take a day to work on these fun projects, and really enjoy it!

I hope everyone has a fantastic Monday!