One item that screams Halloween, as well as fall, is the Great Pumpkin! We love using pumpkins, gourds, and other winter squash as fall decor and even though the heat of summer is still with us, we couldn’t wait to start incorporating them into our homes. Literally, before the first batch of pumpkins delivered to CVS was able to collect dust on the drug store floor, Christine snatched up a number of them for us. While at the checkout stand, a man giggled and muttered, “I don’t even have one yet!”
While pumpkins are certainly festive and beautiful enough on their own, in true Simply Tangerine spirit, we gave them a little twist!
Here are the instructions for all the DIYers out there!
(However, if crafting isn’t your thing, don’t fret, you can still enjoy a Monogrammed Pumpkin. Please visit our shop and we will make a burlap monogram specifically for you!)
You will need:
A piece of cardboard or thick paper grocery sack
A stencil – if you don’t already own a stencil, and don’t want to buy one you, can make one on yourself:
Print your letter in a font and size of your choice on cardstock.
Place cardstock on a cutting board and use an X-ACTO Knife to cut around printed letter.
Paint in your choice of color – we used acrylic craft paint, but really almost any paint will work
Paint brushes – one small and another medium sized
Snap or eyelet sets
Ok, let the fun begin!
Lightly tape your stencil (or your printed piece of card stock before you start cutting with your X-ACTO Knife) on your pumpkin – you want to make sure you have the right size stencil for the size and shape of your pumpkin before doing too much work.
Cut a piece of burlap 1-1 ½ inches larger than your stencil and iron out any wrinkles, if necessary. If you are unsure how large to cut your burlap, err on the side of caution and cut it larger than you think you will need, you can always trim it later.
*A great tip for cutting burlap is to pull a piece of the burlap thread from where you want to cut- this provides a clear cutting path and helps keep your edges straight. (Thanks for the tip Joann Fabric fabric cutters!)
Tape your burlap to a piece of cardboard or thick paper grocery sack – make sure whatever surface you choose to tape your burlap to isn’t something you care about since you will get paint on it.
Remove stencil from pumpkin, center it on your burlap and tape the edges to secure – we used Scotch tape because it was handy, but masking tape probably would have been a better choice.
Using your medium tip paint brush, blot paint on exposed burlap taking care to hold down the edges of your stencil and to not to use too much paint around the edges to minimize bleeding of paint. Kids paint brushes are a great choice – they are inexpensive and have nice fat handles that help you maintain control.
Carefully lift your stencil from the burlap and touch up your monogram using your small tipped paint brush. You will likely have some missed spots or spots where the paint bled.
Set it aside and let it dry.
Once the paint is dry, trim the edges of your burlap to fit your pumpkin and then fray to your liking by pulling the burlap threads. Our personal preference is 3 or 4 threads, but yours may be different!
Place burlap monogram on your pumpkin and push your snaps or eyelets into the corners.
Done! You now have a monogrammed pumpkin – enjoy!
You can use these monogrammed pumpkins on your front porch to welcome guests, as centerpieces on your Thanksgiving table, around your fireplace hearth, or really anywhere you want to add a touch of autumn.
Now that our homes are decorated with touches of Fall, and our kitchens are filled with scents of Pumpkin Cupcakes, we hope that the cool autumn air will follow soon!!!
If you would like to purchase monogrammed burlap for your pumpkins or stamped tags, please visit our shop.