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 And here’s how you can create your own modern pumpkin lanterns:


  • 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


  • 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 Next week I’ll share the fourth and final BHG project: my front porch, decorated for Halloween!

Hand-Cranked Paper Shredder

I know that one should shred sensitive documents and mail before recycling them, but have you seen most paper shredders? I don’t want a hulking black piece of plastic sitting around. A little pink paper shredder though? I could get behind that.

A + R Store

The Commission Project

Contacting an artist to have a custom painting created for you is such a cool, grown-up thing to do, right? But it’s also usually an expensive thing to do… except in this case. Paul Ferney has unveiled The Commission Project, and he will be creating a series of 100 5×7 paintings for just $200 each.

The painting above is based on this photo of me standing with a purse that I made. I love the way it turned out. Mr. Ferney is quite the talent, so whether you want a portrait of your grandparent, your baby, or your favorite pair of roller skates, I advise you to get in on this while the getting is good.

* Update 10.21.10 * Looks like they’ve already sold out! You can add your name to the waiting list here.

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