Crafty Projects

  • September 7, 2010 11:35 pm

 

watermelon jack-o-lantern

A melon gets in on pumpkin fun

It’s September and pumpkins have appeared in stores. Some are black, some are fuchsia, but real orange pumpkins have yet to appear. I could purchase a fake pumpkin to carve, but I crave the real thing. Fortunately, I had a great crop of watermelons this summer, and there were a few to spare , so I thought watermelons could perform a double service of providing a little Halloween fun on Labor Day and offering us one last sweet summer taste.

I didn’t scoop them out. Instead I used a chef’s knife to carve faces into Black Diamond and Jubilee watermelons. Although their smiles weren’t lit with candles, the sun cast its rays onto the pink flesh with an eerily different kind of effect than traditional October pumpkins. 

So thanks to these two watermelons for creating a little bit of Halloween magic at summer’s end.

watermelons as pumpkins

Two watermelons start off the Halloween season early

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witchy woman
This witchy woman has cat green eyes and a feline hat

This blank Styrofoam head had been staring at me all year long, waiting to be brought to life for some purpose. I had a witch hat that really didn’t belong anywhere in particular, so I thought about combing some old Halloween wigs from previous years with this hat.

I wanted to create a more attractive witch for something a little different. We so often see witches with green, craggy faces, hook noses and the requisite black mole.
Her skin tone came out a little too rosy, but I think her eyes are evil looking, with a coat of peridot acrylic paint and black eyebrows that go up in an angry slash  angle.
She’s on the mantle this year with the more traditional witches, and so far, she has had a startling effect on guests, with her realistic hair and sort of haughty expression. Best of all, this look didn’t cost much. In fact, I didn’t buy anything new this year except the hat, which I got on sale at Cracker Barrel.

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