Southern Halloween Pumpkin Decor

DIY Southern Halloween Pumpkin Decoration | Cupcakes&Crowbars

Southern Halloween Pumpkin Decor

I know this is such a stereotypical thing to say, but I really, really love fall. I love crispy air, sweaters, scarves, a nice warm house against the cold outdoors. Hot cocoa and spiced cider. My birthday. HALLOWEEN.

Which is really why we're here today. My dear friend asked if I'd like to take part in Pumpkin Smashers 2015 with a group of my absolute fave blogging ladies. WOULD I?!? YES PLEASE. Our task? Purchase the above ENORMOUS wooden pumpkin from the craft store and decorate it however we liked. We didn't talk about what we were doing, agree on a theme – nothing. Full creative control. So of course I went bananas and barfed up Texas all over everything.

DIY Southern Halloween Pumpkin Decoration | Cupcakes&Crowbars

I warned you. I even made it light up. I KNOW.

DIY Southern Halloween Pumpkin Decoration | Cupcakes&Crowbars

I know you're wondering how to get this absurdly awesome thing IN YOUR HOUSE. Easy as pie.

DIY Southern Halloween Pumpkin Decoration | Cupcakes&Crowbars

What you need:

Wooden pumpkin
Craft paint in orange, green, and gold
Drill
Glue gun
Mini Lights
Fall Foliage (I got mine in the floral department at Michael's Crafts)
Star (only necessary for Texas)
Cardstock
Cutting Machine (not required, but I cannot fathom cutting this out by hand. Certainly possible, but oh man.) I used a Silhouette Cameo.

How to do it:

First, choose your proportions. I sketched my design on a scrap of paper to decide how I'd go about arranging things.
Sketch your state on the pumpkin.
I had a string of 30 lights, so I made X marks where I thought I'd like the lights to be. I didn't use all 30, but came close.
Measure the little plastic casing on the individual light, then choose the appropriate size drill bit to drill holes on your X marks.

DIY Southern Halloween Pumpkin Decoration | Cupcakes&Crowbars

Doesn't have to be perfect! Also, I ended up with this on the back. It's ok, I mean it turned out fine. If anyone knows how to avoid this in the future, please do leave your tips in the comments. I'm the wing it now, figure it out later type, soooo. Please share your knowledge.

DIY Southern Halloween Pumpkin Decoration | Cupcakes&Crowbars

Throw a coat of paint on the pumpkin. Tip: Don't slather paint on, drop your brush and run because a timer went off, then forget you were painting until like 45 mins later. I opted to paint my state the like the Texas flag. You, of course, do yours however you like.

DIY Southern Halloween Pumpkin Decoration | Cupcakes&Crowbars

Don't feel intimidated by my high level of skill with craft paints. Not everyone can be this awesome and precise – it's ART. Remember, no matter how you do it, it's perfect for YOU. Also, stop rolling your eyes so hard. Rude. After this coat of paint was dry, I wasn't happy with how transparent it was, so I painted it again. On the second coat, I mixed a 50/50 of orange & gold, and green & gold. When that one was dry, I started experimenting with laying out my fall foliage placement.

I totally forgot to take pictures of this next part – but I drew a small circle of hot glue around each hole on the backside. Then when I inserted the lights, they were held in place by the glue – before that, they kept popping out like crazy. I chose hot glue because it's so temporary. If I need/want to use these lights for something else, it's as simple as popping them off of the glue and away I go!

For the text, I used a two fonts: An Unfortunate Event, and Witched. Both are free fonts to download! I'll get a cut file in here later to save you some trouble. I loaded the fonts into my Silhouette, and used a .25 offset for the background.

Cut your phrases out and get to gluing. In under an hour, you too can have this gaudy, awesome decoration to add to your Halloweenie home. If you do a project like this, please post it on my Facebook Page, or tag me on Instagram (@cupcakesandcrowbars) – I'd love to see it and share it with my other readers!

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This is the unspeakable beauty created by my lovely friends. Knowing each of these ladies personally, I can say that our pumpkins really do show our personalities. So, if you are falling in love with a particular one, click on through to her blog – chances are, you'll have found a new internet bff.

What are your favorite ways to decorate for the fall season? Share in the comments!

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