Sunday, October 10, 2010

Duct Tape Pumpkin

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?

25 comments:

  1. Oh, this pumpkin is truly awesome!!! You did a wonderful job!

    I love the new duck/t tape colors and designs. I made duct tape monogram initials here:
    http://sceneofthegrime.blogspot.com/2010/07/duct-tape-monograms-wtute.html

    Come see me sometime at:
    http://sceneofthegrime.blogspot.com

    I'm following you now - great blog!

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  2. That is so creative! I love the bold colors. You have a great eye for that kind of thing.
    notlamecrochet.blogspot

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  3. WOAH! I really like this! I hope you win a prize. Definitely creative with the duck tape witch.

    Just Better Together

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  4. This is amazing! I love this and I love the colors you chose. You soooooo deserve to win! Incredibly creative!

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  5. I LOVE THIS! Such a good idea, and you can keep it for a while (all around the year actually haha). But seriously, I am very impressed :)

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  6. That turned out so cool. So many uses for duck tape, thanks for sharing!

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  7. How super creative, and cute! great job!

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  8. Are you kidding?!? It's awesome! New follower from Not So Homemade.
    ~K

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  9. 1. I love this!
    2. Yay Ohio! :) I'm in Columbus.

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  10. This is awesome. Who knew a duct tape pumpkin. And much better that you can use it again next year. it looks really cool.

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  11. Wow! This tops the list of the most fabulous pumpkin makeovers! Fabulous!

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  12. It's a winner in my book - definitely different.

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  13. I've never seen a pumpkin so cool. I am highlighting this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

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  14. This is absolutely fabulous!!!! I love duct tape... definitely my favorite pumpkin of the season. :]

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  15. Awesome, Awesome Awesome! It looks so great!

    PS- I featured this today on my blog! :)
    http://adventuresofthemichelenafamily.blogspot.com/

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  16. This is the cutest Halloween project that I've seen in a long time! You and your hubby should be super proud of this. I want to do one now!!

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  17. You did an amazing job -I give it the blue ribbon:-) It is so original.

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  18. I love this! My daughter is drooling over it, she is the duct tape queen!! She wants to give it a try. Thanks for the post and love your blog, I found you on Tatortots and Jello! :)

    Jodi

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  19. Hi there! I am your newest follower!! I found you on the weekend linky:)
    I love finding new blogs and your is lovely! You can find me at www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com

    WOW! this turned out amazing

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  20. I don't know how you can say it may not be the most original pumpkin, if it isn't I will be shocked and you act like that was so easy to do. I have tried to work with duct tape before and it was a mess, it kept sticking to the scissors. Good luck, but I think you won on blog land!

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  21. This is very cool! Stop by Random Crafty Georgia Girl and link up to Week in Review.
    -Cate from Random Crafty Georgia Girl
    http://olliebelle20.blogspot.com

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