Ric Rac Pumpkins was pretty popular, so here's another Halloween how-to for all you crafty types. Takes one to know one!
A little while back, after a fantastic trip to Sage Street Antiques with my good friend Austin out in Sag Harbor, we absolutely had to stop at one of the nearby farm stands just to take in a little bit of fall and browse through all these gorgeous pumpkins! The white ones are usually my favorite, but out there, I was loving the two colors together, contrasting and complementing each other as only something in nature could. The orange ones were in much better shape that day, so I thought, why not take something totally traditional and try to mix it up?
When I found the perfect pumpkin, the rest of my project popped into my head! It was definitely on the larger size, so I knew I didn't want to carve the whole thing by hand. That's when I remembered all the power tools Austin's parents had back in the barn. So I thought, what if used the size of the pumpkin to get creative with the drill?
In contrast to the large one, I thought these sweet, little sugar pumpkins would also look totally amazing with some sort of drill-inspired design. Don’t they look pretty in this old farm bushel basket?
Back at Austin's place, I decided to do the smaller pumpkins first. So as not to disturb the integrity of the stems, I hallowed them out from the bottom enough to accommodate a single votive candle, which I thought would provide just enough light to create a soft glow. Next, I used the drill with a 3/8“ bit and began drilling holes in rows going all around the pumpkin, making sure there were no major gaps. I love how my perforated pumpkins turned out! Plus, they were so easy to make! And here's a good tip too: Take a Q-tip, dab it in Vaseline, then rub it on any cut surfaces. Your pumpkins will stay fresh longer.
For the large pumpkin, first I cleaned it out the traditional way, cutting the top off and digging out all of its insides.
I knew I wanted to do a monogram pumpkin using a drill to make the letters, but then I thought doing a crest too could be totally chic and add to the light it creates. First, I cut out the crest pattern on a piece of paper and traced it onto the side of the pumpkin. Use a felt tip pen so you can wipe away any mistakes with a damp paper towel. At this point, planning out the design on paper was essential to getting the overall placement and symmetry that I wanted. Inside the crest, however, I thought doing the lettering freehand would make the design more personal and add the familiar handmade quality I love about Halloween pumpkins.
Check out the final result! Love all the perforations that make up the monogram. Plus, how perfect does it look on the porch at Austin's parents' place? I think it's a totally sophisticated Halloween pumpkin that’s simple and personal.
And now for the sugar pumpkins! Their smaller scale allowed me to really get creative and think of different places to use them. Here, I placed them on flat rocks to mark a path outside. The glow provides the perfect amount of light for trick-or-treaters!
Then I took them inside for a little seasonal decoration on the stairs. How great would this be for a Halloween party?
But some of us city dwellers (myself included!) don't have a staircase or backyard to accessorize during the holidays, so why not use them in place of candles at a seasonal cocktail party? They'd make a great centerpiece going down a dining table as well that's simple and festive.
So with Halloween just around the corner and the weekend finally here, why not pick up a few pumpkins, dust off the old drill and perforate your way to a stylish seasonal centerpiece? And if you do get inspired to decorate pumpkins this way or perhaps even another, feel free to leave me a comment. I'd love to hear about it.