The other day I purchased a big, beautiful pumpkin from the grocery store. I knew it would end up on my front porch, but wasn't sure if I was going to do something with it first. Well, come on...how could I not?! A bare-naked pumpkin just begs to be crafted. So, crafted it got.
I like using vinyl as a reverse stencil because it's super easy and almost no-fail. And, you don't even have to have a digital die-cut to use vinyl! They sell it by the sheet in a lot of craft stores, or you can buy rolls online through a multitude of sellers. And, most vinyl comes with a grid pattern on the papered backside, making tracing and cutting a breeze.
Monograms are an easy thing to hand-cut from vinyl! Simply print your monogram on standard paper, cut and trace onto vinyl.
Of course, I used my silhouette to cut the "M" because...well, if you've got it, use it. Right? But, I promise you it's not essential to this project!
I did not, however, use the silhouette to cut out my polka-dots. I always keep scraps of leftover vinyl when I'm done with my projects. I used those itty-bitty (unusable with my machine) scraps to trace and cut my circles. I then hand-placed them (no need for transfer paper with these guys) around the M. I'll be honest, since my pumpkin's backside faces a wall, I concentrated my efforts on the front of the pumpkin.
|Stick your monogram letter on the purdiest (that's how we Texans say prettiest) side of the pumpkin.|
|Place your dots here and there.|
When I got my vinyl stencil (reverse stencil, that is) in place, I took that baby outside to my special spray painting zone. I really wanted a light dusting of white so the orange would come through a bit. However, I got a little spray happy, as I am wont to do, and it ended up with a fairly saturated white coat.
Next came the fun part. The vinyl removal. Such satisfaction in that task. Look at those clean lines.
I added a striped ribbon to the pumpkin and placed it on a little black table by my rocking chair. And, I borrowed the sock pumpkins from my daughter's room to add to the vignette. It's okay, I'll make her some new sock pumpkins.
That's it! Now, I just need to spruce up the rest of my front porch.