Jane-O-Lantern: Picture Your Pumpkin Two Ways
This first design is quite easy. You will need:
- 1 White or Orange Pumpkin (size, your choice)
- White paint, if using an orange pumpkin (I used latex based paint) and paintbrush (I used a 1" foam brush)
- 1 large Self Stick Vinyl Decal (Austentation's Jane Austen Silhouette Stickers) or a printed silhouette of Jane Austen to use as a template
- Black marker and black paint, if using template.
- Clear sealer spray, if you intend to leave your pumpkin out of doors.
Wash and dry your pumpkin. If you are using a white pumpkin or prefer it to be white (or any other color) paint in your desired shade, using a small sponge paintbrush. You will probably need two coats. Be sure to place newspaper or other covering under your pumpkin while you paint, and allow the paint to dry between coats.
If using a vinyl decal, apply decal to pumpkin surface once paint is dry. When placing it on the painted pumpkin, you will have one shot, to get it where you want it placed (pulling it off will peel up the paint) A coat of clear sealer used between the paint and vinyl will probably eliminate this worry. If you lightly place it on the pumpkin and gently smooth the decal from the center to the edges, from the top down, you will get a smooth application, in spite of the pumpkin's ridges.
If using a template (above) print and cut out your template. Place it on the pumpkin where you would like it and trace around it with the permanent marker. Remove the template and fill in the area with paint. Complete your project with a coat of clear sealer spray and display with pride (or prejudice, if you prefer.)
If you are into carving your pumpkins for decoration, a similar effect can be achieved using the same template. You will need:
- 1 Pumpkin
- 1 sturdy knife1 flexible paring knife
- 1 permanent marker.
- 1 spoon
- 1 Jane Austen template (Austentation's Cardstock Diecuts)
- 1 small candle, flashlight or battery operated votive
Begin, as you would any carved pumpkin project, by slicing off the top (or cutting a circle from the top) of your pumpkin and scooping out the insides. These can be discarded or you can wash the seeds and save them for toasting with salt and oil (a delicious and nutritious snack!)
Next, choose the location for your design. Use a permanent marker to trace the design onto your pumpkin. Once done, you have two options: cut entirely through the pumpkin flesh for a traditional "lantern" effect, or leave a thin layer of flesh in you outline for a gentle glow.
If you choose the latter method, you will need to gently cut through the outer skin along this line using your flexible paring knife. Once the silhouette has been cut, use the tip of the knife to gently pry up the pumpkin's "peel" which is inside your design. Once all the bright orange peel is gone, use a spoon to smooth the remaining area of flesh. Don't dig too deeply or you will risk puncturing your design.
Once the visible layer of flesh is smooth, use the spoon on the inside of the pumpkin to scrape away all but a thin layer of remaining pumpkin flesh. The contrast of light and dark orange is lovely in natural light, and enchanting once the lantern has been lit.
Light your candle and enjoy your hard work! If you use a traditional candle to light your lantern, you will need to keep the top or "lid" off of the pumpkin for adequate air flow. A battery operated votive or small flashlight does the trick with no need of extra air, and no fire hazard risk.