A Month of Spookdays: Pearl Dots Pumpkin

Pop art by day, luminary by night!

I love this thing. I had a couple of false starts, but the project was a lot of fun. Easy, too, if you have the right tools.  Seriously, I wouldn’t have attempted this without a Dremel and a flex-shaft attachment.

  1. Cut a large hole in the bottom of the pumpkin, so you can place it over lights.  I use electric tea lights, because the smell of burning foam gives me an awful headache.
  2. Mark out your grid. I used a measuring tape to get the lines where I wanted them.
  3. Punch out holes with your Dremel.  Wear gear! Foam dust goes everywhere, no lie. My dust mask was AWOL, so I had to use a bandana.  Call me Dremel Bandito.
  4. Give it a few coats of white paint until you’re happy with the finish.  I used Ceramcoat Oyster White.
  5. Next, a coat of pearl. I used a pearl glaze by Making Memories.
  6. Once everything is dry, play connect-the-dots with a sharpie.  I originally started with black paint, but I just couldn’t get enough control on the uneven surface.  That part of the project will be forever known as The Back of The Pumpkin.
  7. Paint the stem black. Always paint the stem last, so you can use it to hold the pumpkin.
  8. All pretty!

I have one more craft pumpkin, a tall black one. I want to use the Dremel again, but this time I want to actually move it around and carve something, instead of just punching holes like a weenie.

Here is the video that got me started:

Have fun!

And now, a few linkies from today’s mining:

Three cute project ideas from Creative Blog
Pumpkin Topiary from Simpsonized Crafts
Ten truly lovely projects from Tatertots and Jello I want to do that specimen art.
Four Halloween Advent calendars from Tip Junkie
Surprisingly simple and elegant Frankenstein’s Monster (yeah, they just say Frankenstein, but I’m too nitpicky!) glass block

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