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DIY Fall Decor

Making Hand Lettered Pumpkins

In our house, we love pumpkins. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin seeds, jack-o-lanterns, you name it. As soon as our local farms have pumpkins to sell, we buy them. A lot of them.

This year we made our own pumpkin puree to use in a pie. We used the instructions I found here. But honestly, after decorating all the pumpkins and roasting the pumpkin seeds, it was a little much to think we could make pie right then and there. So we just froze the puree to use later. You know, when we feel like baking again. Next fall.

One of my favorite ways to decorate pumpkins is to write on them. Which probably isn’t a surprise considering I love to write on most anything. Okay, everything. [wink]

If you’re planning to write on your pumpkin avoid washable markers like Crayola and opt for a sharpie. I like to use the Oil Based Sharpies as they work best and look more vibrant and glossy after they dry. Much like paint, but a whole lot easier.

I use these markers on a lot of custom calligraphy orders when I need to write on something other than paper. The Sharpies have great coverage on most surfaces plus they go on smooth. I buy them at my local craft store but you can also order them on Amazon.

Use a damp cloth to wipe the dirt off the surface and dry completely before writing on the pumpkin. If your staring at your pumpkin not sure where to start, you can use a white marker first and trace over the design in a darker color. The white marker is hardly noticeable from a far so it makes a great guide, even if it’s not perfect.

So what will you write on your pumpkin? I had a special request from my toddler to draw some bats and write BOO! Writing on the pumpkin with the markers was easy and a lot of fun. But let them dry for a few minutes before touching your gorgeous work or you may end up with painted fingers.

Other adorable phrases to write on your pumpkin: 

-Happy Fall

-Fall Y’all

-Trick or Treat

-All the Candy!

If you wrote on your pumpkin this year, let us know how it came out by commenting below. Was it easier than you thought? What did you write? Can’t wait to see how they come out!

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