Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Craft Tutorial: 'No Carve' Pumpkins Ideas

Now I have a toddler, I love celebrating the holidays even more and relish every opportunity to make or create something together. With Halloween approaching, I wanted to decorate the traditional pumpkin a little differently, as the thought of something with an open flame at floor level was just giving me nightmares (I'm such a worry wort these days now I'm a mama!)

So this year I thought I'd have a go at creating some fun no carve pumpkins - which is basically painting and pimping a whole pumpkin - I've christened these 'Pimpkins'! They are super easy to create, either keep it simple and paint them a bright block colour, or if you're good at drawing and designing, you can make yours into any character or design of your choice!

I think this is such a lovely activity to do with your little monsters, as they can really get stuck in and get involved - with you safe in the knowledge there's no sharp knives around!

Here are a few of my no carve creations! I'd love to see yours, so please feel free to tag me in your finished 'Pimpkins' on Instagram! (@homesweetbabe)

Candy Colour Pop

I love a splash of colour in the house and these are the perfect fun accessory to brighten up your autumn! You could use any colour you fancy, but I think a bold, contrasting colour works well as a statement. My house has a very neutral palette of taupes, greys and stone - so a big pink vibrant pumpkin is a great way to add a temporary pop of fun!

The Pumpkin Princess

This is my favourite of all my 'Pimpkins'! This was so super easy to make and looks amazing - it honestly took no more than 10 minutes! I used Dulux emulsion in Berry Smoothie and decorated with self adhesive strip gems and pearls from Hobbycraft. The Tiara was the final touch to my Cinderella inspired pumpkin - which is my little fun interpretation of what happens if you stay out past midnight! You could also do a blue version of this and add silver sparkles for a Frozen inspired version.

A Simple Squash

These look great in pairs or clusters and are just painted in a simple white shade. I used Jasmine White from Dulux - but you could use any old tester pots you have in storage. These mini munchkins also look cute painted in metallics. Or you could paint them black and add black cardboard bat wings or witches hats for a table decoration.

Mickey Mouse

My little Mouseketeer loves Mickey Mouse and we regularly snuggle up on the sofa to watch the Disney channel together, so I knew he'd love this one. I put tape around the middle of the pumpkin to give a clean line whilst I painted and used black and red acrylic paint from Hobbycraft. I stuck on the oversized yellow buttons with craft glue and lastly added the ears, as I had some in the toy box from  earlier in the year when my babe went to nursery dressed as Mickey for World Book Day.

Happy Halloween!

Love, C x

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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Autumnal Accents

Halloween is almost upon us and I'm so excited to take my little terror trick or treating this year! I love celebrating all the big occasions in the calendar and there's some lovely ways to decorate your home and table for Halloween in a grown up way - think festive without being frightening! I adore the mini pumpkins, or 'munchkins' as they're known in the supermarkets. Something as simple as displaying a few of these in a bowl on your dining table, or on a rustic chopping board can be a subtle and simple way to acknowledge this lovely season. The same can be said for filling your fruit bowl with pine cones and red apples. If you're feeling particularly crafty, paint pumpkins and other winter squashes in whites or even metallics, for a more arty table display. I also love wreaths made from bracken and fresh berries - you can pick these up in most garden centres and placed around a candle, instead of on your door will give your table an autumnal makeover and I think they make such a nice alternative to flowers at this time of year.

Give your home a warmer feel by adding touches of wood, tartan and wool. I like to have a different range of cushions for winter and opt for heavier fabrics like tweed, faux fur and suede. A simple cable knit throw over a chair, can add a more cosy touch and around this time of year and I swap spring blooms for vases filled with cabbages, twigs or pussy willow. Display logs or throws in wicker baskets for a cabin like feel and opt for low lighting and fairy lights. 

 Photo via Pinterest


I love candles and these really are the simplest and chicest way to make any room cosy instantly. My favourite autumn scents are Diptyque's Feu De Bois and Jo Malone's Incense and Embers - these are spicier and headier than the usual floral notes I like, but a deeper toned scent will subtly add another layer of warmth to your room. I tie hessian bows around mason jars and pop a small candle or tea light inside for an autumnal update and think these look really pretty and are also cost effective. 

I've also decorated my doorway (why just style inside?!) and adorned my front step with all these pumpkins and I just love walking up my path and seeing them all there! It's such a simple touch and I think it dresses the door perfectly for the season. Try a mix of traditional pumpkins with gourds of all shapes, sizes and colours for a more eclectic look.

If you're hosting a Halloween party this year, there's some fun ways to make the traditional pumpkin into something other than a jack o lantern. Hollow one out and fill with ice to make a fun wine cooler and party prop. This is super easy to do and will look really effective when your ghoulish guests arrive! Or put a seasonal spin on displaying your flowers, and pop them in a pumpkin, instead of a vase. I used this lovely white pumpkin the Mr brought home from Booths. (If you would like to have a go at making this, I would place a tin can of water inside the pumpkin to ensure no leaks!)

Talking of pumpkins, if you have little girls, give your pumpkin a princess makeover! Paint them pink, gold or pastel colours and decorate them with gems, stick on pearls and even a tiara! Got boys? Why not try making a Minion or monster?! No carving, no mess and happy kids - what could be better?! I'm just off to get some supplies and I'll post my attempts at a no carve pumpkin soon!

Love, C x

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