|Written by Bill Hanks|
With Halloween fastly approaching, I thought that I would explore some different ideas for decorating your Halloween Pumpkin. ¬†Pumpkin are called Jack O Lanterns. ¬†This is because they are opened up and a candle or light is placed inside. ¬†However there are other things to do with a pumpkin, as well.
Step One; ¬†Select pumpkins that are of the proper size and shape that you want for your project. ¬†If the pumpkin has a soft or weak spot, do not use it.
Step Two; ¬†Clean the outside of the pumpkin. ¬†Use regular water and dry rags. ¬†You want to get rid of all residue on the outside of the pumpkin.
Step Three; ¬†Make sure the pumpkin is dry, before doing any art work on it.
Step Four; ¬†Gather you art supplies. ¬†You will stencils, paints, paint brushes, paint, stickers, decals, scissors, tape measures, ¬†carpenter pendcil, a scharp knife, glue, glitter and newspaper.
Step Five; ¬†Sketch out or find the design that you want.
Step Six; ¬†Layout your newspaper and place your pumpkin on it.
Step Seven; Paint your entire pumpkin. ¬†You can yse either spray paint or paint and brush. ¬†Set it aside to dry. ¬†Once it is dry, do the side that wasn't finished (bottom).
Step Eight; ¬†Use your pencil and stencil and make your dedign on the side of your pumpkin. ¬†Now simply free hand the paint inside stencil.
Step Nine; ¬†You can also use glue and glitter to liven up your pumpkin.
Ideas; ¬†You can make several different designs and place them for display in or outside your home. ¬†You could make pumpkins with leaf designs on them. ¬†You make them to look like Christmas ornaments. ¬†You make them to look like basketballs, golf balls, soccer balls and volleyballs. ¬†You can place words on them. ¬†You can do patriotic designs on them. ¬†You can place other images , too.
Be creative and use your artistic ideas and do something different.