Autumn Decor: Monogrammed Pumpkin DIYTuesday, October 29, 2013
Back to my fake pumpkin, I knew I wanted to do some sort of monogram like this. I think it just looks so timeless, something that would never go out of style.
I found this great tutorial by Diane which shows how to get the the type of monogram look I was going for. Instead of Photoshop Elements, I used Adobe Illustrator CS5 because that is what I am most comfortable with. From there, putting all the pieces together was very easy!
Monogrammed Pumpkin DIY
- Styrofoam Pumpkin
- Illustrating program (e.g. Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.)
- Wooden Pencil
- Paint Pen (Optional)
- Spray Sealant
- Using the tutorial from here, create and print your monogram.
- Using a tip from here, rub the pencil on the back of the paper where you will be tracing. This turns your paper into quickie carbon paper.
- Tape monogram onto pumpkin. Using a fine tip stylus, trace the monogram. The graphite will rub off and the stylus will create some easy-to-see indentations. Don't press too hard! You can easily break into the styrofoam layer if you do.
- (Optional) Using a paint pen, trace over the outline. I found it easier to fill in the shape after the outline was set.
- With matching paint, fill in the outline with a small paint brush. Apply additional coats as needed. My pumpkin took three coats.
- If using acrylic paint, apply a coat or two of spray sealant.
I love this project! All in all, it took me about 1.5 hours to complete, not including the sealant drying times. This is an easy project to tackle on a rainy afternoon or while you're catching up on some TV episodes.
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