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I LOVE Halloween. Sure, it’s hard not to feel good about a holiday devoted to costumes, pumpkins and excessive amounts of candy, but I’ve been plotting my oh-so-sinister Halloween party over on Pinterest for weeks now. I can already taste the candy corn and roasted pumpkin seeds!

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But as much as I’m gaga over the spooky season, I like to keep my decorations less Nightmare on Elm Street and more harvest-inspired, for two reasons: I can put fun fall decor up as soon as the first chilly nights hit and leave it up through Thanksgiving.  I’m starting this autumn’s display with this uber-chic silhouette pumpkin.

Silhouette Pumpkin

Silhouette Pumpkin

Not only is this guy easy to make, its white-and-black color scheme will add interest to my typical fall vignette of yellow-orange pumpkins, speckled squash and mini hay bales. Here’s how to make your own.

Search for your pumpkin. A white pumpkin with one flat, blemish-free side is what you need. Choose one that’s big or small — you can size the silhouette accordingly.

Find a silhouette. Trace a family member’s profile or simply search for silhouettes online.

Cutting Silhouette

Trace the edges. Cut out the silhouette and attach it to the pumpkin with stick pins. Trace around the edges with a pencil.

Start painting! Remove the pins and silhouette, then fill in the lines with black paint. Finish with the ribbon border of your choice.

Ribbon Border

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How are you decorating for Halloween? Tell us in the comments below.



12 Responses

  1. [...] Create Your Own Silhouette Pumpkin HGTV Design Happens Tue, September 20, 2011 10:16 PM UTC HGTV Design Happens Rate this story Share this story [...]

  2. Bowmanave says:

    Very cool…I have made my own embossing folders too and that was super fun! Got to love the Silhouette!
    Now if I could get mine to cut CS that wasn't like construction paper I would be in seventh heaven!

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  4. sue babuta says:

    Disappointed…thought the silhouette would be cut from the pumpkin….thin lines around the silhouette also would appreciate the "how to's" for creating a silhouette
    Sue Babuta

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