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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Jack O Lantern Make Over


I saw these cute pumpkins at Hobby Lobby with old illustrations all over them.  They were over $25 so I declined. ha ha.
  Then I saw this idea on the internet and thought I'd give it a try.  

When I found a ceramic jack-o-lantern in the auction trash, I thought he would be the perfect pumpkin for this!  He was in good shape except for some flaws in his glaze, but no cracks or chips... and he was even wired and had a light bulb inside!

  1. The one I saw on the internet was a real pumpkin (not carved).  But my ceramic one did just fine.  And he'll last for years to come!
  2. I also found a vintage illustrated dictionary in that trash.  haha.  I guess this project was meant to be!  Just cut out squares of illustrations.
  3. Stick them on with modge podge.
  4. Carefully work around the electric cord in the back
  5. The face took the longest!
  6. Let dry over night.
  7. Since it's October already, he's found his place on the foyer table for the month. :)





48 comments:

  1. I've never seen anything quite like that. :<) He's rather cute, I'd say.

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    1. Is he the guardian of the candy? I bought a bag of candy corns just yesterday and I think they're almost gone already.

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    2. He's rather interesting, isn't he? ha. Oh, I'm addicted to candy corn! I've eaten a whole bag on the way home from the grocery before! lol...

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  2. Oh I love your Jak Lantern look really nice Betsy!!

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    1. thank you, gloria! It was fun to make!

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    2. these caramels look really yumm:)

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  3. Looks great!
    I have a few myself since I never know what to do with the real ones after we are done with them.
    Kids break them on the street and I find it a total waste. They make good porridge though if you know how to do it.

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    1. Some years I'm good about baking them right away, others I forget and they turn to mush faces. lol....

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    1. Hey, this year you'll have a sweet little pumpkin girl, won't you! Aw.

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    2. Yes...we will, Betsy..
      She has costume...hopefully I will get some pictures!!!
      Thanks for remembering!!!

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    3. aw...can't wait to see pictures of her. She'll be adorable!

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  5. aw he's cute and I dare say his looks have improved under your skilled hand. His eyes remind me of hershey kisses. ha

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  6. how fun - love the black and white...and do I spy butterscotch next to the jack o lantern???

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    1. it's a nice change!

      and yes, butterscotch. I keep stealing them. lol....

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  7. First the place costs a ton
    But it rhymes so it has to be fun haha
    And once more creative at your sea
    That pumpkin is surely a sight to see
    Yeah a cheat rhyme
    Oh well not a crime
    I bet those candy will be snatched though
    But a theif or two at your show
    And modge podge as well
    All kinds of rhyming is just swell

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  8. What a fun pumpkin - so unique! I really like it!

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  9. that is pretty cool betsy...i like all the little illustrations on it....nice make over...

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  10. Oh this is just so unique. Love the new look, and how perfect to have it wired for the light.

    Once again your creative touches put a whole new face on something so familiar.

    Happy October...

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  11. That is a really cool pumpkin, especially the way it is wired for light. I was just thinking that one could also cover it with candy wrappers or even fall leaves. I guess the possibilities are endless and only limited by our imagination.

    God bless.

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  12. I don't think I've ever come across a ceramic jack-o-lantern until now!!! It looks suitably spooky!! Yay! take care
    x

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    1. they're pretty popular around here...and I couldn't let this old guy go in the trash! ha.

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  13. love it! so classy. I've wondered about up-grading those plastic pumpkins kids fill with candy too.

    Betsy, I think you are just amazing.

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    1. you should google painting plastic pumpkins. There are lots of beautiful ideas out there! I love the white and brown painted ones, but I think I saw light blue was 'in' this year! ha. Or MrsU had a neat idea with the candy wrappers!

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  14. That jack-o-lantern looks cool! But I have a feeling if I tried to do it, it won't come out so nice.

    My son has been wanting to put up Halloween decorations for a couple weeks... I guess since it's now October, we can go ahead and do it. :)

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    1. I wait until October, too! Otherwise, I tire of them. ha. The only candy my guys will eat are tootsie pops! Does Yuji like all kinds? That makes trick-or-treat much more fun....I always had to eat all the candy. Hard job, I know, but someone had to do it. lol....

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    2. We have Kai on a GFCF diet so he isn't allowed to eat most candy including all milk chocolate ones. But he still enjoys looking to see what he got, and we always make sure we have some treats that he can have. And then I have to "force" myself to eat all the chocolate candy he gets. ;)

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    3. Oh,I DO admire your sacrifice there. lol....

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  15. looks cool after the renovation..love it!!

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  16. Wonderful work! I can see you, too, are getting in a Halloween mood.

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  17. That is a really strange way to decorate a jack-o-lantern... but I like it! Wonder who thought of it first.

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    1. He looks pretty cute on the foyer table! Caught Spencer really checking him out. lol....

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  19. That is such a cool idea ... I've never seen a pumpkin quite like that before! And your earlier comment about eating the whole bag of candy corn on the way home from the grocery store made me chuckle ... been there, done that lol!

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    1. haha...oh, a fellow candy corn lover! :)

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