Happy Monday! It’s the final countdown to Halloween! I know that everyone is not a fan of Halloween, but it is definitely our second favorite holiday, so thank you for indulging me for a few more days! This week, it’s all about candy, getting the costumes ready, jazzing up the pumpkins and making last minute treats. We love pumpkins, and I especially love getting creative with faux pumpkins that we can add to our collection and use every year. Mr. Smarty Pants thought we needed an eerie pumpkin to match our Skeleton Hand Sconces. This Help Us! Moss Pumpkin brings a little creep factor!
Even though I made a big, fat mess making this, it was so much fun to put together! I had moss hot glued to myself just about everywhere – even on the bottom of my feet, and I was wearing shoes! Hmm….must have been a Halloween trick! Here’s how I put it together.
I started with a faux pumpkin, two bags of sheet moss and lots of hot glue! Cover the entire pumpkin with moss, leaving the “stem” free. Keep your shoes on and watch your hair! Oh, actually I started with one bag of sheet moss and had to make a fast run to Michaels right before they closed. I could not figure out why the clerk was looking at me rather…strangely. It wasn’t until I got back home and glanced in the mirror that I realized how much moss I had stuck in my hair! Good grief! She must have thought I had just climbed out of the ground! Well, when it’s a crafting emergency and 15 minutes until closing, there’s no time to pretty up!
I found a bag of these small, skeleton hands at Michaels, pre-emergency run. I hot glued each hand to bamboo skewers and stuck sets of hands into the pumpkin, as though the hands were reaching out from the ground. I THINK I have the right and left hands matched up this time, though I wouldn’t feel confident placing any bets on it!
To make it look as though the hands had pushed out of the ground, I added a little moss to some of the fingers. It kinds of elevates the creep factor, don’t you think?
Mr. Smarty Pants thought one of the hands should have a ring on it – I think this is a great touch!
A small RIP banner from Jolee fits right in! Using my Cricut and the Happy Hauntings Cartridge, I cut out the word HELP in the vampire font and shadow font in orange and black, and then added some dots with black Stickles. For the final touch, I used some Halloween Washi tape around battery operated candles to add a little illumination. We might actually put a little spotlight on this!
I know – it’s a little weird, creepy and crazy, but it’s so fun and we love this new pumpkin addition to our faux collection! After years of putting so much work into real pumpkins and sadly, having to toss them after all the work, we started using faux pumpkins for the fun, creative stuff and do something a little simpler with real pumpkins. It’s fun to put the mix of pumpkins out on Halloween night and light them all up before the children arrive!
Do you include faux pumpkins for Halloween?
Thanks for letting me share this eerie pumpkin with you today! I’ll be back on Wednesday with a fun, quick last minute treat you can put together for Thursday – we’re having an afternoon of office trick or treating on Halloween and I’ll be sharing what I’m handing out! Maybe I’ll share a few more pumpkins on Halloween. I am so happy that you stopped by and have a great day!
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