As we continue our projects for the Cricut Design Space challenge, I have been having so much fun working with some other fantastic and talented ladies. I have really enjoyed getting to know each of them better through this challenge and also the support group we’ve formed with each other for working on our projects. I hope you will check out their blogs to see the projects they have come up with [my team members include: Kim of 733 Blog, Melanie of Artzy Creations, Bree of Classically Quirky, Asia of Sparrow Soirees, Amy of The Happy Scraps, Jessica of Pen N’ Paper Flowers, Amy of Ameroonie Designs]. This month we are excited to share our third project for the challenge. For our team theme this month, we decided to focus on Black and White elements within Home Decor and gift ideas. If you haven’t had a chance, feel free to check out a few of the other projects I’ve work on in the past few months, including my DIY: Geometric Print Blouse and my DIY: Photobooth Props project.
Since I adore the fall season, leaves, cooler weather, and pumpkins, I decided to work with pumpkins this month and create something I will be putting on our own porch. I’ve seen several monogramed non-real pumpkins for sale that I loved the idea of, but they just didn’t quite seem to fit our style. So I loved coming up with this idea of using black and white to customize our own perfect monogramed and real pumpkins. I decided to paint our pumpkins white because I love the look of white pumpkins. To create the letters, I did calligraphy leaves and letters (for our names). After I had the letters and shapes completed, I scanned these in and designed them out so that I could cut them out using my Cricut Explore machine. Feel free to follow along to create your own at home very easily!
Step 1: Gather your materials. You will need a few pumpkins, white or black acrylic paint, black or white poster board, newspaper, a large paintbrush, rubber cement glue, and masking tape.
Step 2: Set out your newspaper outside and set your pumpkins on top. Use your masking tape to mask off the stems. Paint your pumpkins black or white and allow to dry outside for a few hours.
Step 3: You can pull your monogram letters from the Design Space to use as your shapes or you can draw our your letters and leaves, scan in, and layout to move to Design Space. Once you have your letters in Design Space, use your Cricut to cut out the shapes on black or white poster board (whichever is opposite of the color you painted the pumpkins).
Step 4: Punch out your letters and shapes. Use the rubber cement glue to paste your letters and shapes onto your pumpkins wherever you like!
Step 5: Decorate your front porch and throw in your pumpkins!
Photography by Marilyn Nimz