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Modern Pumpkin Lanterns for BHG

I crafted three modern pumpkin lanterns for my third Better Homes & Gardens project. I painted them in various metallics, and all three are hot pink on the inside. The pumpkins are cute during the daytime, but because I painted the insides they have an amazing pink glow when they’re lit at night!

Please take a moment to vote for your favorite pumpkin project at bhg.com. And here’s how you can create your own modern pumpkin lanterns:

Supplies

  • faux crafter’s pumpkins
  • craft paint (I used hot pink, bronze, gold, and silver)
  • 1″ foam brush
  • small flameless candles
  • x-acto knife or heated cutting tool

Instructions

  • Cut a hole in the bottom of the pumpkin large enough to fit your hand inside.
  • Carve circles (or desired shapes) into the pumpkin.
  • Paint the inside. I used two coats of hot pink paint, which gives the pumpkin a pretty pink glow when lit.
  • Paint the outside. Each pumpkin took three coats of metallic paint.
  • Place the pumpkin over a flameless candle to illuminate it.

Vote for Your Favorite Pumpkin Project

You can vote every day until Sunday for your favorite pumpkin project at bhg.com. Next week I’ll share the fourth and final BHG project: my front porch, decorated for Halloween!

Quick New Curtains

I whipped up a couple of new curtains yesterday for the front door and window using an ANNO LJUV sheer panel from IKEA. The fabric was a little tricky because the flower petals are stiff and the rest is a very soft mesh, but I used the zigzag stitch on my sewing machine (a first for me) and that worked well. I think that slipping another café curtain rod (I use the $3 cheapies from Target) along the bottom will help the window curtain hang more smoothly.

The front entry seems to get so much more light now! Well, that’s probably also because I took the screen door off. I was feeling industrious yesterday.

Autumn Leaves Napkin Rings for BHG

This is the second craft project I’ve made for Better Homes & Gardens this fall (the first was the Halloween mask). I, along with the other three bloggers, was tasked with creating something out of real or fake autumn leaves. And just as last time, you can vote for your favorite at bhg.com.

Wouldn’t these be great for setting the table on Thanksgiving? Here’s how you can make your own.

Supplies

  • faux fall leaves
  • faux berries on wire stems
  • felt
  • ribbon
  • pinking shears
  • hot glue gun and glue

Instructions

  • For each napkin ring, cut a 3″ circle out of felt with pinking shears. I find it’s easier if you make an outline of the circle with chalk before cutting.
  • Glue a single leaf to the felt circle, leaving 1/2″ of the stem hanging down.
  • Glue a few sprigs of berries to the leaf, wrapping the end of the wires around the leaf stem to strengthen it.
  • Cut a 24″ length of ribbon, and tie it at its center to the stem of the leaf.
  • use the ribbon to wrap around a napkin and tie the ends in a bow.

And remember, you can see the other three projects made with autumn leaves and vote for your favorite at bhg.com!

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