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Just like it’s officially fall y’all. Are the leaves beginning to change near you? The temperatures have been wacky here in New England (warmer than usual by day but cooler temps by night), but before you know it the days will be cooler and the leaves falling. There are actually so many things that I do love about the autumn season. Some of my favorites our fall fashion and boots, the foliage, warm fuzzy socks and cuddling up in the blanket, watching football each week, Halloween, and pumpkin pie.
One of the benefits of living in New England is being able to see the foliage change as I drive to work every day. The colors are beginning to peep through! My favorite are the bold and vibrant reds. Another benefit of autumn is the ability to keep the same decorations up for a few months – score! Starting in September you start to see pumpkin everything and as the temperatures drop you get the free pass to start with the fall decorations. Those decorations expire right after Thanksgiving when you get the OK for Christmas and holiday decor. Three full months of not having to put in the work to redecorate your home or office space. Finding the best fall decor is your next step. Here is a DIY project that can be used year after year, indoor or out.
Many many years back when we had family visiting from out of town my mom put together an idea of a homemade fall decoration featuring pumpkins. It was a fun activity for us all to do together and it’s still a decoration I pull out year after year for my front porch. Since it is not made of real pumpkins, you won’t have to worry about decomposition.
This DIY address pumpkin decoration requires at a minimum only a few items to purchase. The great thing about it is that you can dress it up as much as you want and individualize it. Lucky for me I haven’t moved since we made it so I’ve been able to reuse the same decoration each year.
The items that you will need are:
- 3 carvable pumpkins approximately 9 inches – I found these from Target made by Hyde & Eek.
- A knife or razor blade
- Hot glue gun
- Few pieces of paper (to practice your stencil design)
- Decorative items such as burlap bows or straw
Depending on how many numbers are in your address you might have to purchase additional pumpkins. My address has only two numbers so I chose to make the third one a Halloween inspired design, a black cat. Get creative and choose whatever design you’d like.
To begin you will want to either hand draw or find a print out on the internet of the numbers and designs that you want to use. I happened to hand draw them but you can do a simple search on the Internet to get some printable ideas. Cut out your design from the paper. Next you’ll want to line up your design on your pumpkin to where you want to place it. Use a pencil to trace your design making sure that you don’t puncture the pumpkin too much or use too much pressure. Tape can be used on the back of the paper to hold it in place for assistance. I suggest putting the tape on the back of the paper to hold it in place rather than at the top, this prevents it from removing the finish on the pumpkin. Grab your knife or razor blade and cut out your design from the pumpkin. Once you have cut out each design use your hot glue gun to glue the pumpkins on top of each other. I chose to put my cat design on the bottom but the great thing about this DIY craft is that you can make it any way you want. Once you’ve allowed the glue to dry you can decorate the outside of the pumpkin to your choosing such as straw or burlap bows.
My address pumpkins have held up pretty well through the years when considering different weather and temperatures. I do suggest that you use fishing line or green wire to tie it down to something such as the railing of your front porch if you choose to put it outside. The pumpkins can also be placed inside for autumn decor. You can even place flameless tea lights inside to illuminate the numbers and designs.