Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Easy to make Jack-o-Lantern






Do you remember 
when I posted 
about this hanging 
jack-o-lantern
a couple years ago?


I had seen a similar version
in Minneapolis at the Bachman's
Fall Idea House home tour. 

(I decided to go home and try to make my own version.)






So, I ran to Hobby Lobby and bought
two large faux pumpkins 
that are hollow and easy to carve.




Then I marked and carved out the faces.
I liked their happy and inviting eyes and
noses so I made the same faces on mine.


 I used an old steak knife to carve our the face.


I took the big section from the mouth
and hot glued it as a new bottom to
create a sturdy perch for the candle.
(These pumpkins come with a 4-5" hole in the bottom.)




Could not find a macrame' plant
holder anywhere so I purchased
black macrame' string
 and created my own version of a hanger.





Right near the string 
they had these gold metal rings 
and so I put the two together
to make a contraption or a sling
for the little fellows to sit on.





Some simple loops, a couple knots, and
some braiding and this is how it turned out.





They are very sturdy and should be able
to hold even a real pumpkin, if necessary.
Anyway, this is how they turned out:





This candle was used for my photos only.
Will replace with candle operated for the 31st!



Best part,
you can use them 
over
and
over
and
over!*



Are you ready for Halloween?



*This story originally ran in part in 2011.


8 comments:

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Love 'em! I keep meaning to carve some faux pumpkins. I'm impressed with the impromptu macrame:) Have a happy Halloween!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

I remember when you showed us the pumpkins in 2011, and loved the idea then. Yours look great! Enjoy.

Ron said...

I love the pumpkin! xo

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

These are so very cute!!!...I remember way back when ... when I used to make macrame plant hangers...so fun to make...great job!!!

Pamela Gordon said...

I think this is a great pumpkin idea. I bought a faux one a few years ago and also cut out the eyes, nose and mouth. I put a battery tea light in it for safety too. I like the hanging idea but I have no place to hang one so it sits on a bench.

Babs Richman said...

I remember those and thought they were so cute. Great job of copying them.

therelishedroost said...

I thin those are great!! they are darling!!'
Karolyn

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Love this!
Thanks for sharing