October 13, 2011

Monogrammed Pumpkin

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.

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  1. I love the pumpkin!!!! Seems pretty easy to do as well!! How do you make the sock pumpkins??

  2. So cute Emily! I saw the vinyl letters at hobby lobby the other day and didnt know what I would use them for .. now i know!

  3. Awesome monogrammed pumpkin! As usual, you are so creative.

  4. What a great idea. I have been trying to find just the right way to do my pumpkins, these are amazingly simple AND graphic. Thanks -

  5. Love the polkadots!!

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  6. Hi Emily! What a great blog you have! Very cute decor! I am now your newest follower, via It's Overflowing. I hope you will follow me, too! God bless you!

  7. Really cute pumpkins! I like the monigram idea as well as the sock pumpkins, too cute! Love your porch!!

  8. Emily, this is so SUPER CUTE! Thanks for sharing some of your wonderful creations at my party. You inspired me to award you with The Versatile Blogger Award. I invite you to stop on by http://igottacreate.blogspot.com/2011/10/bloggy-love.html to check it out when you get a chance. Have a great weekend!

  9. Cute pumpkin! Yay for another Texas Blogger!!! Love fins other Texas Mommys here in Blogland!

  10. I love the polka dots. so pretty! Thanks for linking up and sharing:>

  11. So pretty and a really well done tutorial. I feel like I could make this now. Thanks! I am a new follower from the Sundae Scoop. Vicky from www.messforless.net

  12. This turned out beautifully!! So cute


  13. LOVE the polka dots! Thanks for stopping by my blog; love yours!

  14. I love it. One of my favorite pumpkins yet! At first I thought it was a giant white pumpkin and you painted the orange part.
    I have a link party on Tuesdays {The Inspiration Board} and I’d be thrilled if you linked this up. I know my readers would really enjoy it. Hope to see you there.
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  15. Polka dots AND a monogram?? I love it!! So cute!

    I'd love for you to link up to my pumpkin party:

    "Pumpkinspiration Party!

  16. By the way, are those little pumpkins made out of SOCKS?? I love those too!!

  17. I love that monogrammed pumpkin!!! Hobby Lobby has some huge realistic looking pumpkins for carving. I'd love to do this with one of those! To use year after year! Thank you for showing us your lovely pumpkin!!

  18. Wow! Fantastic pumpkin - I may actually have to try this one!!!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Take care,

  19. Fantastic idea! The pumpkin came out super cute! This is the first time I have seen your blog - it is fabulous.

  20. Hi Emily, OK, you cannot sew, but wow... what you just showed us you can do! I'm sitting hear not having a clue what "silhouette" means. Anyway, I am loving that precious pumpkin dressed in polka dots! Thanks!

  21. This pumpkin is SO ADORABLE! I featured your pumpkin on my Friday favorites post and would love it if you stopped by to check it out at http://ktdesigns-katania.blogspot.com/2011/10/friday-favorites-halloween-fun.html

  22. This is such a cute idea! Love the polka dots! I love using vinyl and stickers as a stencil! Oh and your sock pumpkins are adorable too! Congrats on your placement at the CSI project!

  23. So so cute!! I love it!!

  24. Super pumpkin is unfortunate that our already ate. Greetings from me and the Czech Republic.

  25. Thanks for a purdy cute monagrammed punkin'. Just trying out my Texas. Nah, better stick with whatever I have. Lived in so darned many places I have a very "cultivated" mish mash of some kind of accent I'm told.

    Your pumpkin really looks nice and easy. I have some of that vinyl I got thru one of those daily deal online stores, haven't used it yet but that would be a good starter project. I don't have one of those fancy die cut machines so will have to wing it with a printed out letter or - wait, I have some letters I got, 4" high light cardboard so can use it for an example. Wish I had a digi cam so I could send you a pic. I love all your great projects, when I read the post I get I then start cruising your projects.

  26. I love it! My next pumpkin will get polka dots!

    I linked up, too! ♥


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