The Simple Secret to Spray Painting Pumpkins! 

Today I am super stoked to show you how to turn boring pumpkins into graffiti inspired works of art!  There is just something about this time of the year that makes me feel wonderful inside. Let’s get started with our spray painted pumpkins!

Things you will need for this project: Faux Pumpkins (any size will work) and spray paint

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The first thing you will do is create a clean space to spray paint. I suggest in the back yard so over spray doesn’t get on anything. Plus you will walk away with patches of colorful grass if you do it properly! I think we all need a little color in our yard, right!

I used Rust-Oleum spray paint for this project. I prefer them amongst other spray paints mainly because they spray evenly and let’s not forget that the colors are simply amazing. 

Lately life has been hectic and for some reason I have been feeling the urge to spray paint on a building or wall. Since I can’t just go around doing that I figured blasting pumpkins was my safest route.  First thing I did was lay each pumpkin on a clear piece of paper and spray the top portion of the pumpkin. Whatever you do don’t spray the top and then flip the pumpkin over to do the underneath. This will result in an epic failure! Know why? Because the top of the pumpkin will stick to the paper! Just let the top of all the pumpkins dry then flip over and do the bottom. 

Repeat this process until you pumpkins are coated completely. Once this step is done and all of the pumpkins are completely dry we can move onto the destructive part of the process! 

Time to grab all the colors your heart desires and get at it! I started with one color and you want to LIGHTLY tap the nozzle to send out a spritz of paint onto the pumpkin. It’s as if the spray can is spitting onto the pumpkin, haha!

I applied my first “spritz” of color onto all of the pumpkins and then let it dry. Following that you will do the same thing with all of the colors you chose. Now take my advice, you don’t have to use all the colors I used but if you know me, you know I love color.  One tip of advice when doing a project like this. If by any chance you are spraying a certain color and too much comes out don’t sit in the corner and cry like I did. Just grab another color and lightly spray right over it. That is the good thing about this project, you can’t mess up because you can always fix boo-boo’s. 

Are you dying over how beautiful and easy these are spray painted pumpkins are? I know I am. I love these because once Halloween is over you can keep them up during Thanksgiving. You can even use more “Fall” colors to change the color palette. 

Now you are asking…what do I do with these when I am finished? That is a really good question. You can throw them into a nice vintage bowl and place on your living room table like I did or you can line them up down the middle of your dining room table for a more modern look. 

Another fun thing you can do is hot glue them onto a wreath with other faux flowers and voila, you have a one of a kind DIY wreath. 
You can even place them on the top of vintage bottles like I did and make that your centerpiece. The options are endless especially if you have a crazy mind like I do! Remember when I did these Halloween houses I will say one thing I wish I had was a mantle to line these spray painted pumpkins on. However I have good news, my dad will soon be helping me make a faux one so stay tuned. 

On another note, if you love all things rainbow like I do then you need to check out these pumpkins I made last year!

Currently it is 5 am in the morning and I am just UP… Jamming to sweater weather and feeling excited that it’s my son’s Homecoming weekend. Did I mention his last one? Am I really the mother of a senior? Where does time go is what I want to know. 

I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did! See you in the next post, until then hugs from my computer to yours!

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You won’t believe what I did with Moss!

Hey Everyone! It’s been a HOT minute since I posted on the blog but I have to tell you LIFE has a crazy way of throwing so much at you at once…You will be so excited when you learn how to make Moss Covered Pumpkins today. I am always so excited to do this challenge for Michaels.

You all know I love color and even though these are more natural pumpkins I am totally in love. I love the thought that there are little creatures living in the moss in their own fairy land. Maybe I created these because subconsciously I want to be one of the creatures, haha! Who’s ready to get started! P.S. I am leaving tomorrow to go to Carmel California to our annual Michaels Makers Summit so I can’t wait to share with you this adventure! Check out what we did LAST year…You will see why I am so excited!

To kick off fall in your own home, visit Michaels.com and check out the variety of craft pumpkins available – there is every color, shape and size you could ever want! There are tons of ways to DIY your own craft pumpkin for your home, a party or even as a gift.

Moss Covered Pumpkins

Supplies: Craft Pumpkin | Moss | Glue Gun | Glue Sticks pumpkin project supplies

I don’t know about you but I am in LOVE with this beautiful picture of this MOSS! I won’t say what it looks like, haha! If you have never crafted with this Moss you will love it when you get some. It’s so soft and feels like it came strait of a forest.  moss projects

Michael’s has a wide variety of Pumpkins to choose from so I picked the white ones. I wasn’t sure if some of the pumpkin color would show through the moss so I chose white! Guess what… The Moss fills it up completely! None of the pumpkin color shows! craft pumpkin projects

The first thing you will do is plug in your glue gun then when it’s ready add a few lines starting at the top of the pumpkin and carefully place a small piece of moss on top of the hot glue.  craft pumpkins

This is what it will start to look like once you start adding your moss. I did choose three different moss colors so I can have three different pumpkins. I wanted them to all look different and boy am I happy I did that! fall pumpkins

Look how beautiful! It’s like a cute little secret world… Imagine what’s living in this!  diy fall pumpkins

I added a few wax plants in the mix to bring it to life. These would look great on a table top for the Fall holidays.  michaels makers

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I hope you enjoyed this project! Stay tuned for the next one! Huge hugs from my computer to yours!

 

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It’s the FIRST day of Fall and today I will be showing you how I made Glow in the Dark Pumpkins. If you know me then you know how much I love Halloween so I figured I would get a little creative with my pumpkin decor. I love crafting with craft pumpkins because I can spend countless hours decorating one and when the season is over I can box it up in storage and reuse it the next year. Unlike decorative craft pumpkins you buy in the store you can decorate yours the way YOU like. For one, they last a heck of a lot longer (heller, saving money 101) and they are simply gorgeous the second you purchase them. Have you seen my pumpkin roundup, if not you have to check it out.

I get all of my pumpkins from Michaelsfollow and right now they are 50% off! I know, This tutorial is a great family project for kids and adults. It’s the kind of project that just makes you feel good! Plus creating is a good way to release anger and and it relaxes you in the process! The FULL tutorial is at the bottom of this post. Come check out all of my past Halloween crafts here. Did you see my glow in the dark pumpkins I made last year??? Enjoy Jaderbugs!

Glow in the Dark Pumpkins

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With Fall right around the corner my peeps from Michaels asked me to come up with a Fall project using these amazing craft pumpkins. When I went to Michaels I was so excited to see the different craft pumpkins in the store! I wanted to create something fresh and modern that anyone could create as well. I purchased 1 13″ craft pumpkin by Ashland in Cream and two 9″ craft pumpkins.

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SUPPLIES: Craft Pumpkin | Mod Podge | Craft Brush | Moss | Craft Paint | Glass Glitter | Glue Gun | Fabric Fusion | Scissors  pumpkin supplies

Step One: Paint your pumpkin and set aside to dry. I recommend painting a second coat.

♥To kick off fall in your own home, visit Michaels.com and check out the variety of craft pumpkins available – there is every color, shape and size you could ever want! blue pumpkin

Step Two: Get your coil of moss (purchased from Michaels) and cut a piece to hot glue to the top of your pumpkin. Make sure to hold your moss in place until your glue is completely dry! green pumpkins

This is what it will look like when it’s dry. How precious!  whimsical pumpkin

I used this amazing Fabric Fusion to apply some glitter details. This stuff is typically used for fabric but today I will show you another way you could incorporate it into your crafting world!
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Step Three: Cut your sheet of Fabric Fusion into thin triangles, peel off one side then apply glass glitter to the side that is sticky. Don’t worry once the glitter is on the sheet it will NOT come off! decorate pumpkins

Step Four: Carefully peel off your sticky side of glass glitter and apply the top portion of the triangle to the bottom portion of pumpkin stem then slowly stick it all on the pumpkin.
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I am so in love with this part! It adds a nice elegant look to my pumpkins and it literally took a few minutes! Much easier than glue! glass glitter on pumpkin

I love how translucent it looks once it is on the pumpkin. If I close my eyes I can see this in my own version of Alice in Wonderland, RIGHT! turquoise pumpkin

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There are tons of ways to DIY your own craft pumpkin for your home, a party or even as a gift.

If you’re looking for something a little bit different, Michaels recently started selling these fun half pumpkins, perfect for fall décor wall mounts and fun signs.

If you’re in need of more fall décor inspiration be sure to look at the 49 other DIY pumpkin projects from the rest of the Michaels Makers – they are fabulous!

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Today it’s all about Glow in the Dark Pumpkins. I have always loved Halloween so I figured I would get a little creative with my pumpkin decor. I don’t know about you but I am over carving pumpkins, which is why I resort to artificial ones. For one, they last a heck of a lot longer (heller, saving money 101) and they are simply gorgeous the second you purchase them. Have you seen my pumpkin roundup, if not you have to check it out. It’s 20 fabulous ways to decorate your pumpkins!

I get all of my pumpkins from Michaels and right now they are 50% off! I know, I think I will go back again today and get more. This tutorial is good for everyone to do. It’s the kind of project that just makes you feel good! Plus creating is a good way to release anger and and it relaxes you in the process! For the full tutorial click on the link below! Come check out all of my past Halloween crafts here.

Glow in the Dark Pumpkins CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL TUTORIAL!!!

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RAINBOW PUMPKINS

I don’t know about you but I love when certain HOLIDAY’S come around!

I used to dislike Halloween a lot but then one day I woke up and I realized how FUN it was. I am sure my love for Practical Magic and Hocus Pocus  affected my outlook also.

I figured I would play things a little different and make rainbow pumpkins. Don’t get me wrong I love black and orange but I like bright and whimsical a little more. I have my fair share of dark colors hanging around the house, don’t you worry.

I also think if you want to turn something from scary to WOW just add a little pinch of glitter. Glitter makes anything better.

If you love Halloween as much as I do then you need to check out these houses I made. Wear these shoes while trick or treating with your kids. I am in love with these black and white kitchens. Oh and don’t forget about my 12 months of MARTHA post. Let’s just say we are mixing shic and modern with a little splash of “coffee”.
RAINBOW PUMPKIN SUPPLIES

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FUNKINS | PAINT | GLITTER | GLITTER GLUE 

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It’s pretty simple. Paint all of your pumpkins with the colors of the rainbow. When they are completely dry add some glittering glue to the stem and sprinkle withe the same color glitter.

I am warning you now, you will prolly smile every time you see these.

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EASY COLORED PUMPKINS

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From playful pumpkins to spooky sights, Michaels has everything you need to MAKE it Spooky this fall!

It’s always good to raise awareness of food allergies this season and promote inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season. That is what the Teal Pumpkin Project is all about! Check out my other projects I have created for Michaels HERE

The safety of kids being able to trick or treat and receive allergy free treats is key! CLICK HERE for more information about what you should do if you want to participate in this.  Faux Pumpkin ♥ Teal Paint ♥ Mod Podge ♥ Teal Glitter ♥ Craft Brush

You can purchase all of the items I used in this project from Michaels. I’ve attached the links above to each item so you can order strait from the comfort of your home!
I specifically chose a paint that was designed for outdoors! On the flip side I am a true fan of Folk Art paints so this was a win/win for me. Can we all take a moment to swoon over this specific color…drooling! 

You can use this paint on so many different materials like metal, terra cotta, wood and any other outdoor craft surface that you can think of! Remember these pumpkins are going to be outdoors so using an outdoor paint is ideal. 

The awesome news is you can pour tons of love into making beautiful faux pumpkins and they will never rot! Simply store them in a safe container and they will be ready to use the next year. 

Why teal? 
Teal is the color of food allergy awareness. It has been used to raise awareness about this serious medical condition for nearly 20 years.
Step 1: Paint the top portion of your pumpkin with the first coat. Once it’s dry paint the bottom and let it dry. I always like to apply a second coat so it looks completely painted.  This is what it will look like when you have two coats. If you are wondering why my top has some of the pumpkin showing through it’s because I will be pouring tons of luscious glitter there. Are you feeling all giddy inside yet?  There is multiple formulas for Mod Podge however the gloss finish is my all time go to. It adds just enough shine to finish off any project I am working on. If you’ve never used this product, it’s a decoupage glue and sealer.

Tip: If you have never used this product it is white in the beginning but don’t worry friends it dries clear! Did I mention this product cleans up with just soap and water and is certified AP nontoxic! This is perfect since we are doing a allergy free pumpkin for Trick or Treaters! 

Step 2:  Grab a craft brush and start adding loads of Mod Podge at the top base of your pumpkin. The thicker the better because the glitter will look very full on the pumpkin.

I hope learning about the Teal Pumpkin Project is going to give you a jump start to making ton’s of teal pumpkins! Step 3: Make sure to apply a small section of Mod Podge at a time since this dries fairly quick. Once you have a section coated literally pour the glitter on top of Mod Podge. I like to pour over a sheet of paper making it easy for me to pour back into the bottle.  This is what it will look like when you do your first section. Continue doing step 2 until your entire top of pumpkin is finished. I will tell you pictures do not do justice because these look like magical candy in person.  When done let it dry then add a layer of Mod Podge on top of glitter. This will seal the glitter so it does not shed.

P.S. If you seal the glitter when you add the Mod Podge on top of glitter it will look really white, but remember it dries clear!  Once I made one I just couldn’t help it, I had to make more! I love how elegant and classy they look!  I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did! See you in the next post, until then hugs from my computer to yours!

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The Simple Secret to making a Pumpkin Planter! 

Today is your lucky day because I will show you a DIY Tutorial On How to Make a Pumpkin Planter! I am assuming you are jumping for joy right about now, right! The good thing about pumpkin planters is they make great fall decorations plus they are quick, easy, fun and satisfying. 

One thing I love about pumpkin planters is they look good by themselves or grouped together with multiple pumpkins. Did I mention you can use them indoors or outdoors?! That is a win win in my book because I love succulents and I can visualize these all over my house! They would even be great gifts to give to someone special! 

One great thing about using a faux pumpkin is you can reuse it over for each season and plant different plants or flowers in it based off of the holiday! 

You will need: Faux Pumpkin | Jewels | Hot Glue Gun | 
X-Acto Knife

As you can see the materials needed are very minimal which are my kinda projects. I always try to keep jewels like these on hand all year long because you can add them into to many projects.  I could literally stare at these for minutes at a time and get lost in my thoughts, maybe it’s the sparkly accents that gets me! 

For this project you will indeed need an X-Acto knife and I suggest if you have kids involved you have an adult assisting for this part. I prefer using a knife from a hardware store that is really durable, I find they work the best. 

Carefully cut out the top portion of your faux pumpkin. These are hollow on the inside so it’s easier to cut than you think. The most important thing is making sure your fingers are not in the way of the knife!  Depending on what you plan on planting inside will determine how large you want to make your top opening. 

You can use any size plant or pumpkin, just make sure that the diameter and height of the nursery pot, isn’t larger than your pumpkin.

Now you can start hot gluing your jewels all over your pumpkin. I didn’t follow any particular order I just started in one spot and kept adding whichever jewel my fingers picked up, haha!

We have to add holes on the bottom of your pumpkin for the water to drain. Because it’s hollow inside you can just hit a hammer on top of a screw driver to puncture the bottom with holes. You can also use a drill if you prefer. Either way just be careful!

Time to add our dirt and plants or flowers! Check out this owl I jeweled up, she is still one of my favorites! Hopefully this DIY Tutorial On How to Make a Pumpkin Planter brings happiness to your life!

I didn’t think I would love this project as much as I did. This will be one pumpkin I don’t plan on taking down for a while! 

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Howdy Friends! I don’t typically write posts on “herbs” or “gardening” but I think I might just have to add it to my list of “Things to do”…. Awe Yeah! Today I will share with you a few Basil Facts.

We have a pretty large garden in our back yard and we love it and nurture it even though we don’t always have time to manicure it’s weeds I will say that if you are not familiar with a garden there is something so fascinating about it. Seeing the food I will feed my family start as a seed and eventually produce food is amazing to me. Our garden is organic which means we do not spray any chemicals in it, we just let mother nature do her job.

Now I know not everyone has room for a large garden or even a small one but there are a lot of things you can plant in pots that will still produce yummy food for you, plus you can move them around if you want! On a positive note you can grow basil indoors!

The purpose of this post is to brag on my basil babies and to give you a heads up that in the next few weeks I will be sharing some amazing tutorials on things you can do with basil. Don’t worry I won’t leave out all of my other rad herbs and veggies in the garden. This should also excite you because everything I will be sharing can be given as gifts for the holidays. I know, I know you can thank me after Christmas.
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Let’s talk about a few things.

BASIL FACTS

  • Basil is one of the greatest culinary herbs.
  • You should not plant it outdoors until you know there will not be another frost.
  • Basil loves being in the sun but she doesn’t love cold weather and wind.
  • Thin your plants when you notice they have two sets of leaves
  • If you notice a white flower on the top of your stalks pinch the flower off, this will help your Basil from losing it’s flavor!
  • Depending on the type of Basil, some can grow 11 to 52 inches high!
  • Make sure to harvest plants when they are young.
  • Basil can be propagated via seed and plant cuttings, how cool is that.
  • Different types of basil have a unique aroma. Sweet basil has clove-like aroma, lemon basil has lemony taste while cinnamon basil has sweet, cinnamon-like aroma.
  • Besides its aroma, basil has high nutritional value. Basil is rich source of vitamins A, B6, C and K and minerals such as iron, manganese and magnesium.
  • Basil can be used dry or in it’s fresh form.  Most people use basil for dishes made of tomato, pesto, soups, salads and dishes made of chicken meat.
  • Basil is an annual plant so in one year it will finish it’s cycle.
  • The Basil plant has been used as a token of love in some parts of Italy.
  • Alexander the Great is believed to have brought Basil to the Greeks in 350BC.
  • Transfer your Basil indoor in pots when the weather drops to the 40s.
  • The best time to harvest Basil is when the plant is about to flower, because this is when the leaves are most concentrated with essential oil.
  • If you put Basil indoors make sure you put it where the sun will hit it.

So there you have it friends, some cool facts about Basil. I wanted to share these things with you because the Basil DIY’s are coming next and we will leave all of the facts about them out. Don’t worry I will link all of my Basil posts up so you can go back to them if you need to.

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As you can see our Basil has taken off and made ton’s of babies. I swear we have it EVERYWHERE. No, I am not complaining but it’s never been like this before. I can’t wait to show you all the things I will be making with my Basil so stay tuned! how to grow basil

BASIL MEDICINAL FACTS:

Ancient herbalists believed placing basil leaves on the bites or stings of insects would draw out the poison. Today’s herbalists recommend its use as a digestive and anti-gas aid.  Some herbalists recommend it for easing anxiety and headaches because of the basil tea’s sedative properties.  Use it for stomach cramps.  It has been proven to ease constipation.

Seriously it’s even growing in the cement cracks!

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Hope you enjoyed this quick and very broad lesson on Basil. I mean, I could literally sit here and type pages and pages of Basil facts but instead I put the ones I thought you would need. Stay tuned next week I will be sharing my first Basil project.

Do tell, what are your favorite things to do with Basil by leaving a comment below!

See you in the next post,
XOXO, Jaderbomb ♥

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Howdy Jaderbugs! It’s hump day and I have something fun I want to share with you. I created this Watercolor and Paint Pumpkin the other night and I have a confession to make. Usually when I create a project for YOU I take step by step pictures of the process however today is different. The other night we were working late in the studio and I decided to “play” with a few craft pumpkins for shits and giggles. I honestly had no intention of doing a project I just felt like dressing up a boring pumpkin. Once it was complete I thought it was butt ugly. I know, can you believe I thought that!

When I finished the pumpkin I put in on a table in the studio and C passed by and said she loved it. I said, SURE you do (haha). After a few words I realized she ready did and that made me smile. It spent the night on the table and the next morning when we went back to the studio I passed by it and I truly fell in love. I think we all know that feeling looking at something the next day and realizing the beauty in it. I decided to share it with you but I don’t have any step out pictures. It was very easy to make so I will list all of the steps and hopefully that will work for you. Enjoy!  Watercolor and Paint Pumpkin

Grab a kraft pumpkin from the craft store. You want to get the “cardboard” pumpkin so the watercolor will absorb in it. A plastic pumpkin will not work as well.
craft pumpkin

I used liquid water color, the pigment is much better.  how to water color

I also used this interference blue paint in the end. I will explain the steps below.  neon paint

Step 1: Add watercolor all over your pumpkin. You can use as many colors as you want. I used every color known to man kind. When you are done with this step let your watercolor dry completely.

Step 2: Now that your pumpkin is dry we can add our interference blue paint. You can use any other paint just make sure it’s iredescent. I used a palette knife to spread the paint all over my pumpkin. I wanted it to look sorta messy and thick. A brush will not create the same look y’all, trust me.

Step 3: I slathered (yes slathered) paint at the top of my pumpkin and sprinkled gold glass glitter all over it. Now if you don’t have glass glitter you can use any glitter you want but I will tell you if you have never used glass glitter then you are totally missing out.

Step 4: Sit back and stare at it. Seriously. Grab a drink and stare.
textured pumpkin

I am super pleased with this baby! I usually give my pumpkins away to friends but this sucker is staying with me. Let me know if you need any help or questions in the comment section!  painted pumpkin

Don’t forget to SHARE because the WORLD needs to see this beauty, fa real! painted pumpkin project

Make sure to check out my awesome Halloween dog costume I made for Michaels!

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