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Cookie Monster Pumpkin

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We’re getting closer and closer to Halloween and my Halloween block party! Its a potluck block party and I signed up for desserts just so I could bring my Cookie Monster Pumpkin. I originally saw this on Pinterest and like a lot of Pinterest pictures, there were no instructions. This isn’t the first Cookie Monster craft project I’ve done. I’ve also painted the Cookie Monster on my brother’s house key. The Cookie Monster obsession continues.

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So here are some instructions on how I made my awesome Cookie Monster Pumpkin and here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Faux Pumpkin
  2. Pencil
  3. Blue Marlin Spray Paint
  4. White Primer
  5. Utility knife/sharp knife
  6. Optional: Drill/Drill bit
  7. Screws
  8. 3″ Styrofoam Balls
  9. Black Acrylic Paint
  10. Paint brush
  11. Masking Tape/Painters Tape
  12. Drop cloth/Butcher paper/Something to protect the floor

To start, I used a pencil to sketch the outline of the cookie monster’s mouth. I wanted to keep this low on the pumpkin because eventually I’m going to shove cookies in his mouth that spill onto a plate. Don’t worry about being too neat about the lines. You’ll just spray paint over it later anyway. You just need it neat enough to give yourself a cutting guide.

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Next, I took my drill and made a pilot hole so I could start cutting out the mouth. This probably isn’t entirely necessary, but it definitely helps to have a starting point. The pumpkin has a hard lacquer exterior, but its actually made of foam that’s pretty easy to cut through (at least that’s true for the one I got from Michaels). After drilling a pilot hole, I took my knife and started cutting out the mouth along the outline I drew with my pencil.

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I started with a rough cut and started trimming out more and more to make the mouth bigger. Cookie Monster’s mouth is HUGE. However, its better to cut too little and trim larger because you can’t put back what you’ve cut off.

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Next, it was time to start spray painting. But I didn’t want to spray paint the inside the mouth, so there was a series of experiments to figure out how to tape off the inside. If you’re planning to paint the inside of his mouth, you can probably skip this step. I didn’t decide to paint the inside until later so I taped off his mouth.

After some trial and error, I ended up with a method. Frankly, it was the only one that would hold. I taped strips of masking tape to line the inside of his mouth (sticky side out), starting from the outside corners of his mouth towards the middle. Once the hole of his mouth was too small for me to get my fingers through, I taped across the strips to close the hole of his mouth. This took some finagling, but it worked out. He kinda looks like he’s trying very hard to vomit tape.

Some of the pictures I saw on Pinterest painted the pumpkin stem blue, but I wanted to keep the brown color so he still looked like a pumpkin. I used the same masking tape to tape off the stem.

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Now Cookie Monster was ready for paint. I took him outside, laid down some butcher paper to catch over spray, and sprayed on a thin layer of 2 in 1 primer. I didn’t have any plain primer on hand so I just went with the 2 in 1. After the first coat dried, I turned him to the side and primed the bottom.

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I repeated the same process with the blue. I painted Cookie Monster with the Marlin Blue spray paint which turned out to be the perfect color. I picked it up from Michaels, but its also available on Amazon (see link above). The blue takes 2-3 coats to get full coverage and true color. Something was wrong with my can and I kept getting splatters that you can kind of see, but not from far away. To avoid this, try doing a few test sprays on the butcher paper first to test out the can.

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I let Cookie Monster dry overnight before taking a paint brush and black acrylic paint to his insides. I squirted paint into his mouth and swiped the paint brush all over the inside. This was to prevent me from accidentally hitting the sides of his mouth with unintended paint. I avoided the edges near the mouth to keep the paint from getting all over the handle of the paint brush while painting the other parts. I was afraid that paint on the handle of the paint brush would result in paint on my hands which would inevitably end up on the exterior blue of Cookie Monster. That would’ve been bad. So, be careful and use the squirt-paint-into-the-mouth-and-slather-it-around-inside method. Paint the area closest to the mouth opening at the very end. Let it dry for 3-4 hours before continuing. I went to dinner.

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Now for his eyeballs. I held up two Styrofoam balls up to his face and marked where they hit on the face. I drilled two holes with the smallest drill bit I could find.

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Next, I screwed two screws from the inside of Cookie Monster outwards. I just used my fingers and turned the screw from the inside. If you happen to have a super tiny screwdriver you can get in there, go for it. My fingers worked fine. He looks super crazy and scary right now…and not in an awesomely cute way either.

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Next, I screwed the Styrofoam eyeballs on. I’m sure you could use a bunch of things to secure the eyeballs on, but I wanted a secure hold to make sure the eyeballs wouldn’t go anywhere. I was afraid some overzealous kid would swat at him and an eyeball would come popping off so I opted for a more secure way to attach the eyeballs. Still looking crazy…

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To finish him up, I painted two black circles with the same black acrylic paint and a pointed tip paintbrush onto the Styrofoam eyes. I painted the black circles so that they pointed in two directions to make him look extra Cookie Monster crazy.

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He’s going to be a hit at the block party. I already know it.

Sparkly Pumpkin Decor

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Traditionally when I think about spray paint, I think colored, flat paint. But there is way more variety out there. On a recent visit to Home Depot, I discovered sparkly gold spray paint! It sprays textured glitter. Its amazinggg. So I started searching for something to spray paint. With an upcoming Halloween themed block party coming up, I decided find something to I could use for the block party decor.

I searched eBay and found some little pumpkins that would be great for some table decor at the block party. The pictures made the pumpkins look WAY larger than they actually are, but I’ll deal with it. Lesson learned. Pay attention to sizing info.

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Here’s what I used:

  1. Gold Glitter Spray Paint
  2. Faux Pumpkins
  3. Tape
  4. Paper Towels
  5. Butcher Paper/Drop Cloth

I started by prepping my little pumpkins. I wanted to keep the stem color so I covered them before spray painting. To do this, I ripped off a piece of paper towel, wrapped it around the stem, and taped it together. I didn’t directly apply tape to the stem because I wanted it to be difficult to remove after spray painting and I didn’t want to damage the stems.

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After I finished prepping the pumpkins, I laid down a piece of butcher paper to protect the floor. I recently bought a HUMONGOUS 1000-foot roll of this stuff. I have big plans for all 1000-feet of it.

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Next, grabbed my can of glitter spray paint, shook it up, and sprayed the first coat of glitter. This stuff is like magic exploding out of a can. I started with a light first coat.

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I built the glitter coverage up over 3-4 coats on each pumpkin. I found that if I sprayed too close, it would just remove the previous layer of glitter and push the glitter out to the sides. No good. Light coats with 20-30 minutes of dry time between coats.

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Next, I removed the tape and paper towel pieces covering the stems. All done! Now I have some cute sparkly pumpkin decor for the upcoming block party!

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Halloween Block Party Invites

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I’m still semi-new to my neighborhood and recently started meeting all my neighbors. We’ve had a few new people move in recently and my neighbor had a great idea to throw a block party in a few weeks to meet everyone. Since this coincides with Halloween (close enough), we decided to make it Halloween themed. To kick this off this event, we have to send invites. So here I am again with my Silhouette Cameo making Halloween block party invites!

Here’s what you’ll need to make these:

  1. Silhouette Cameo
  2. Computer
  3. Color Printer
  4. Black Cardstock
  5. Printer Paper
  6. Glue Stick
  7. Glue Gun and Glue Gun Sticks
  8. Coffee Stir Sticks
  9. Ribbon
  10. Scissors

To start, I grabbed a pumpkin image from Google (as usual) and traced the shape in the Silhouette Cameo program. There are two pumpkins that are mirror shapes of each other, one as the front and one as the back. Here’s the Silhouette and PDF file of the pumpkin outlines I used.

The font I used to type in the large text is called Choc-A-Block that you can download for free here.

After filling in the pumpkins with the text, info about the event, RSVP info, address, date, etc. I selected colors for the text and printed it out with a color laserjet printer. If I’m only making one card, I’ll use the Silhouette to do text, but that would take forever making invites for the entire block.

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Next, I removed the text from the studio file, and placed the paper onto the cutting mat, and selected cut to get the white pumpkin cutouts perfectly around the text. By removing the text, I made sure the text printed on the paper and the pumpkin outline cut out using the Silhouette would end up in the same place on a piece of paper. If you’re not using a cameo, just trace the pumpkin around the text and cut out with scissors using the smaller outline of the pumpkin.

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After cutting out the print outs, I started cutting out a slightly larger outline on black cardstock.

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Next, I used one of the pumpkin shaped print outs and glued it to one side of the pumpkin using a glue stick.

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Next, I flipped over the pumpkin and used my glue gun to attach the coffee stir sticks. I used a glue gun to get better and faster adhesion. A glue stick or white glue would probably work, but you probably wouldn’t get the same hold or dry time speed as a glue gun. As for the stir sticks, I bought a 1000-pack of coffee stir sticks and have found that they come in handy for a lot of things beyond stirring creamer into my daily cup of coffee. In this case, they’ll serve as a handle for my Halloween block party invites. I squeezed about about 1″-1.5″ of glue down the stick and placed it down on the black pumpkin cardstock.

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Next, I glued the other side of the white pumpkin cutouts over the coffee stick. Since there’s a ton of personal info like my neighbor’s name, address, and phone number…no photo here.

To finish off the invites, I added an 8″ piece of ribbon to the invites. I did a simple tie onto the stick and cut the ends into a nice “v” shape. This ribbon is left over from crafts I did for my wedding. It will continue to appear everywhere in my crafting until I use it all up. Nothing goes to waste!

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Invites go out tomorrow!