A No-Mess-Pumpkin

This is a post with one picture of a finished product because I’m not bloggy enough to take progress photos. I didn’t even take photos of what I used – what a lazy blog host I am.

Anyways, Ryan’s family likes to get together every year to carve pumpkins – it’s a family tradition of theirs. Harry (Ryan’s dad) goes out and buys the best six pumpkins he can find the week before Halloween and we pick a day and go to their place, have dinner and carve the pumpkins. It is a lovely tradition… unfortunately I hate hate carving pumpkins. I don’t know what my deal is.

So this year I was told that I had to participate (in the past both Brian, Ryan’s brother-in-law, and I have rejected this tradition and been bums), and so I had to get creative. I told them that, while they were welcome to gut my pumpkin if they wanted the guts for seed roasting, I would not be touching that gunk and I would not be getting a claw hand from using one of those dinky knives. BUT I would participate.

Me and creativity don’t usually jive, so I went to Martha for some advice. I found a lot of ideas no-carve pumpkins and decided that I would use white thumb tacks to make a ghost (paper! snow! a ghost!) on my pumpkin and it will be lovely and creative all at once.

Then, like the well organized and Halloween enthused person that I am, waited until the day we had planned to carve pumpkins to go to Staples on my lunch hour to pick up my supplies: the ever elusive white thump tacks. Apparently said thumb tacks do not exist according to Staples, Shoppers Drug Mart, or even Michael’s. Well. I then did what any normal person would do and picked up two boxes of silver thumb tacks (that’s 400 thumb tacks…. why?) and went back to work and pouted for the rest of the afternoon.

I didn’t think that a silver ghost would have the same effect so after work on our way to Ryan’s parent’s house we stopped at Michael’s and I browsed their craft paint. I was thinking maybe I could do a monogram with my silver thumb tacks, but that I should probably paint the pumpkin first just to make my life more complicated just to be more creative. So I hemmed and hawed over the purchase of some chalk board craft (for a nice matte finish), outdoor craft paint (because we tend to have some crazy Halloween weather of rain and snow and hail) or just plain old craft paint. I picked the latter for the sole purpose of it being soap & water washable and the fact that we were going to Ryan’s parent’s house to paint and they have nice things that I didn’t want to ruin.

So I painted it using black Craft Smart acrylic craft paint (25% off!). And then I took a pencil and sketched a “B” onto my pumpkin (my future last name initial!) and used some of my thumb tacks (didn’t even use 100 of them – why did I buy so many thumb tacks??!) to follow the outline. I overlapped them a bit so it wouldn’t look too disjointed. My finishing touch was the clearance Halloween ribbon that I impulse purchased for $1.00 at Michael’s (did I tell you there was a sale??) and I “tied” it around the stem. To be honest, I cheated because I don’t know how to tie a bow. I used some of those handy dandy over abundant thumb tacks and pinned what sort of looks like a bow with the purple, sparkly ribbon.

So, after 600+ words I will show you my (not really) Pinterest-worthy No-Mess Halloween Pumpkin:


That’s about all the Halloweenie I get around here, folks. I guess I use up all my festive-ness on the Christmas season ;)

Ooo! I lied. Here is a SECOND photo that is kind of/sort of Halloween themed:


Because what’s a post on The Nuts of Windermere without a glimpse at our signature nut himself, Wallace!!??