Lace-Patterned Pumpkin

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(Credit-Martha Stewart)

Not all pumpkins are orange, nor are they necessarily destined to become leering jack-o’-lanterns. The designs used on these pumpkins, carved freehand, mimic the lace-like openwork of 18th-century pierced creamware dishes, and turn any pumpkin (especially a pale Lumina) into an intricately patterned lamp.

Lace-Patterned Pumpkin How-To

1. Select a pumpkin or squash such as Lumina, spaghetti squash, or Blue Hubbard. You’ll need wood-carving tools, sold in hardware and art-supply stores. For this project, small pieces of pipe can also be used to make cuts and punch out circles from the gourd. When choosing tools, bear in mind the shape of the perforation your tool will make, and choose those that produce unusual punctures. For example, top and bottom cuts with a V-shaped gouge leave a diamond form.

2. Cut an opening in the bottom of your pumpkin. Scrape out the seeds and most of the flesh. Place a length of masking tape around the circumference of the gourd as a carving guideline. Start cutting.

3. The going gets easier once you’ve circled the pumpkin with a pattern — just keep following it, adding more bands of cuts. If you carve a small, simple design that doesn’t feed the candle much air, make an air hole on one side to help it burn.

How-To: Melted Crayon Pumpkin

Crayon Melted Pumpkin

Crayon Melted Pumpkin (credit: Robin Wulf – Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago)

What you need:

– large white pumpkin (real or faux)

– Tacky Glue

– 16-20 crayons

– Hair dryer

– Surface cover or trash bags

Prep: Remove all the labels from your crayons.  Break them in half.

Set up your work area with newspaper or trash bags. If possible to do outside. it’s recommended.

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How-To (Hair Dryer):

Crayon Melted Pumpkin

Crayon Melted Pumpkin (credit: Robin Wulf – Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago)

1. Glue your crayons in place with the tacky glue or glue gun. Glue is needed to grab the curved surface. Use wherever needed to hold the crayon in place.

2. Place your crayons around the pumpkin. You can either choose to do this all at the same time, then wait to heat or heat as you go. This depends on if you want to see the look as you go, or you know the desired outcome of colors and combinations.

3. Apply heat on high using a hair dryer. The wax tends to splatter, the higher the temperature. If you’re getting too much splatter, lower the heat.  It takes a little under a minute for each of the crayons to melt and drip.

How-To (Candle) – Credit Robin Wulf:

1.  Unwrap wrappers of crayons
2.  Place newspaper under pumpkin
3.  Light a small to medium size candle (for these I used long skinny tapers from IKEA)
4. Tilt your lit candle to the side in one hand and end of crayon directly to the flame in the other over top of pumpkin. (for a more kid friendly version use a hair dryer method above instead of candle)
5.  Rotate crayon all around pumpkin as you watch it mix with the candle and crayon wax over top onto the sides of pumpkin, keep moving pumpkin around to drip crayon wax to all the area you want covered
6. Repeat with each color can keep reusing each color to add more color to pumpkin.

Have fun trying different color combinations, plastic spiders, goggly eyes, glitter and more!

Labor Day, 4th of July, Memorial Day, Nautical, Red, White & Blue Banner

Print At Home Labor Day Banner

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Just print, cut + hang! Download this adorable Stars & Stripes Patriotic Banner to print it at home. Each letter prints on an 8.5×11 piece of paper. It’s an easy addition to any Labor Day or Patriotic themed celebration.

Comes with 10 triangles, print more copies to make it as long as you’d like!

Colors: Red, white and blue

DIY Guide:

Supplies:

*Printable banner (download after purchase)
*Hole punch
*String
*Tape

Steps:

1) Download + print the banner (print each page on 8.5 x 11 paper in color)
2) Cut out each triangle (10 triangles, print more copies to make it as long as you’d like)
3) Hole punch two holes at the top corners of each triangle
4) Measure + cut string so that it goes through all triangles with enough extra room on either side to hang
5) Run string through each hole and hang banner

Labor Day, 4th of July, Memorial Day, Nautical, Red, White & Blue Banner

Printable 4th of July Banner

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Just print, cut + hang! Download this adorable Stars & Stripes Patriotic Banner to print it at home. Each letter prints on an 8.5×11 piece of paper. It’s an easy addition to any 4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day or Patriotic themed celebration.

Comes with 10 triangles, print more copies to make it as long as you’d like!

Colors: Red, white and blue

DIY Guide:

Supplies:

*Printable banner (download after purchase)
*Hole punch
*String
*Tape

Steps:

1) Download + print the banner (print each page on 8.5 x 11 paper in color)
2) Cut out each triangle (10 triangles, print more copies to make it as long as you’d like)
3) Hole punch two holes at the top corners of each triangle
4) Measure + cut string so that it goes through all triangles with enough extra room on either side to hang
5) Run string through each hole and hang banner

Mother’s Day Printable Banner

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Now on sale on Etsy! View the PG Printables shop to purchase! Perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch or photoshoot back drop! Only $1.99 on Etsy, 1-click purchase, download and print at home!

Just print, cut + hang! Get this adorable “Happy Mother’s Day” pennant banner to print at home. Each letter prints on an 8.5×11 piece of paper.

Colors: Pink, Gray & Green

DIY Guide:

Supplies:

*Printable banner (download after purchase)
*Hole punch
*String
*Tape

Steps:

1) Download + print the banner (print each page on 8.5 x 11 paper in color)
2) Cut out each triangle
3) Hole punch two holes at the top corners of each triangle
4) Measure + cut string so that it goes through all 11 triangles with enough extra room on either side to hang- if you need more room, you can also string each separately on two lines as shown in photos
5) Run string through each hole and hang banner

D.I.Y. Printable St. Patrick’s Day Banner

Print At Home St. Patrick's Day Banner

Print At Home St. Patrick’s Day Banner

As part of our DIY Holiday + Party Kit series, we’re giving you a FREE DIY printable  St. Patrick’s Day banner. Just print and hang this adorable pennant banner for a fun touch of the Irish! Will only cost you paper and string!

DIY Guide:

Print At Home St. Patrick's Day Banner

Print At Home St. Patrick’s Day Banner

Supplies:

Steps:

  1. Download + print the banner (print on 8.5 x 11 paper in color)
  2. Cut out each triangle
  3. Hole punch two holes at the top corners of each triangle
  4. Measure + cut string so that it goes through all 13 triangles with enough extra room on either side to hang
  5. Run string through each hole and hang banner(C) Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago 

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