Halloween and Fall Pumpkin Sign
Most times, I’m horrible at decorating the house for the holidays. Mostly because we don’t really have much furniture or anywhere to put anything. … and of course the house is always a mess! So, when I ran across the idea of a two sided decoration, I jumped at the opportunity to create one for our home. Both sides were rather easy to create and can be customized in so many different ways.
After I completed this project, I do have to admit that I think I should have used orange or yellow paper for the saying. I think it would have made it pop a little more, but I do like the color combination. So lesson learned, take 5 more minutes to decide on your color choices before you glue everything down!
ADORNit Pumpkin Chalkboard
Decorative Card Stock
Kraft colored card stock (HERE)
Mod Podge for Paper Matte finish (HERE)
TRICK OR TREAT SIDE
The Halloween side is a quick and simple project.
Measure your pumpkin board out and create a rectangle about the same size, but a little smaller so you can account for the edges where you want to make sure your design stays within. I do this step so I have somewhat of a visual of how my design will look and fit on the actual board.
Open up your design #227482 “Trick or Treat Y’all” from the Silhouette Design Store, into Design Studio. Resize it so that it fits nicely within the rectangle. I sized mine to about 6.5″ wide.
Load your silver mirror vinyl onto your cutting mat. Since this material was rolled up, I had to tape it down with duct tape to ensure it didn’t curl up on my mat. Usually washi tape works, but this material was thicker than some of the other vinyl I use.
Send your design to Silhouette with the appropriate vinyl settings and cut. Go ahead and week out the negative, place your transfer tape on your design and carefully place your design onto the chalkboard pumpkin.
You could easily just leave it as is, but I wanted to add a little more detail. I took my chalk and rubbed it around the design and smudged it around to give it a more used chalkboard look, then added a spider web and spider for a cute little final design.
IT’S FALL Y’ALL SIDE
Rip two sheets of decorative paper into strips and using Mod Podge, adhere them onto the wooden side of your pumpkin plaque.
Once dried, flip over and take a sharp x-acto knife to trim the edges.
Using the same rectangle size you used for the other side, open up design #218316 “Happy Fall Y’all”. I only wanted to use the text, so select the design, right click, and Release Compound Path. Delete everything except the text. Then, select all the text, right click, Group everything together.
Resize your design so that it fits nicely within the rectangle. I, again, resized it to be about 6.5″ wide. Next, right click, and press Offset. With the background of our pumpkin being so busy, I want to make sure the saying stands out, so this offset will be cut out of kraft paper. Set your offset to .100″ and press Apply.
Time to cut both the offset layer and the saying. Move the saying layer to the side of your work area, and select all of the offset layer and group together. Just in case you move it, you don’t want to miss any of the smaller pieces. Load your kraft paper onto your mat, adjust settings accordingly, and cut.
Next, bring your saying back on the design board, load your desired pattern/color paper onto your mat, and press send.
Start by gluing down the kraft paper first, then your colored paper on top of that. After it has all dried, you can either leave it as is, or do a coat of Mod Podge on the entire pumpkin. I ended up leaving it as is, but added a decorative flower at the top.
How fun is this two-in-one project? Makes transitioning holidays quick and easy!