Crayon Melted Pumpkin

How-To: Crayon Melted 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.

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!

Spook-Tacular Skinny Social


Where:
Bull & Bear
431 N. Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654

 

When:
Wednesday October 31, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM CDT

Come celebrate Halloween with Skinny Socials at Bull & Bear as we launch their Skinny Socials Certified menu. You’ll have a Ghoul of a Good Time!

Halloween-costume attire is required! Enjoy a greeted cocktail and 3 drink tickets for Skinny Socials Certified featured cocktails. Stay for dinner and enjoy 15% off their new Skinny Socials Certified menu.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
6:30-8:30pm
Bull & Bear
431 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Ticket Prices:
Tickets include 2 hours of cocktails and delicious high-nutrient based passed appetizers.
$15.00 before Oct. 24
$20.00 in advance
$30.00 at door (if available)

Click HERE to for more information on the event.

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 lacelike 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.

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Groupon: Heaps Haunted Corn Maze

Seward Haunted Corn Maze and Hayride for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 52% Off)

Corn mazes are statistically the safest of all labyrinths, thanks to their edible walls and Minotaurs’ seasonal allergies. Celebrate the season in safety with this Groupon.

Choose from Three Options

  • $15 for a visit and hayride for two (a $30 value)
  • $29 for a visit and hayride for four (a $60 value)
  • $43 for a visit and hayride for six (a $90 value)

In a Nutshell

Corn maze spooks guests during encounters with costumed actors; a hayride and flashlight maze provide more easygoing entertainment

Homespun Pumpkin Decorations

Martha Stewart

credit: Martha Stewart

Assembled from yarn, rope, and foam balls, these homespun pumpkin decorations are simple to make. For each, gently press top and bottom of a Styrofoam ball against a work surface to flatten ends (so ball doesn’t roll). Wrap orange roving around ball. Insert a T pin into top. Tie cream or orange mohair yarn to pin and cover ball. Cut a length of rope; place over pin, and attach with a hot-glue gun, pressing to secure.