Steven's company is having a duct tape pumpkin contest for Halloween. Basically the only requirements are that you have to use Duck Brand Duct Tape to create a jack-o-lantern. Other materials can be used as well, as long as duct tape is incorporated. The entries will be judged on creativity, use of color, and workmanship and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be chosen. So of course, Steven enlisted my help.
I bought a black pumpkin at Michael's for $6 (it was 50% off!). I could have used a real pumpkin, but this way I can keep it as part of my decor year after year.
I found this witch and moon image online, scaled it to the size I wanted, printed it and cut it out.
I rubbed pencil on the back of the image, then traced it onto my pumpkin. I wasn't sure at this point how I was going to do the witch so I traced it on here too, but I really only needed the moon.
I failed to take any "during" pictures, but all I did was cut 1" squares out of 5 different colors of duct tape (white, yellow, black, red, and neon orange) and covered the whole pumpkin (this took 2-3 hours, but I watched Martha and The View while I was doing it so it seemed like no time at all!). I kept the moon yellow and white, then outlined it in a skinny strip of black so it would stand out. I retraced the witch on at this point for positioning purposes only. I actually laid a strip of black duct tape on my cutting mat, traced the witch onto it, and used my craft knife to cut her out. Her whole body fit onto the width of the tape, and then I cut her head out of a second piece, but you can't even tell where I pieced them together.
I cut the duct tape to fit around the stem.
And here she is... all finished! I added the spooky trees as an afterthought, and I really like the way they look! It may not be the most creative entry, but I think it's pretty cool, even if it doesn't win a prize.
How are you guys decorating your pumpkins this Halloween?