Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Black Cat Carved Pumpkin & Halloween Decorating Ideas

ceramic pumpkin
Fall is not my favorite time of year. Flowers are dying off, the days get shorter and 
winter is coming. Also, orange is not one of my favorite colors but, I have to admit, the orange leaves and orange pumpkins do look warm and bright against my stone fireplace. 

I especially like turquoise with the orange. Blue and orange are complimentary colors so they look great together. It's good. I need my home feel warm and happy. We have always done cute, not scary decorating at our house for Halloween even though my older daughter loves creepy stuff.
fall fire place decorations
Happy pumpkins and black cats are our style. Little battery operated lights added to my autumn leaf wreath create a happy nighttime twinkle. Wire the battery box to the back of the wreath so no wires show. 

Some fun gold glittery polka dotted pumpkins from Joann Fabrics and Crafts were definitely a happy addition to my mantle this year. They will stay there through Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving decorations will replace the Halloween things and all the fall things will stay until it's time to decorate for Christmas.

Some battery operated tea lights add some nice flickering light. They're great because there is no fire concern.
fall decorations for mantle
One of my favorite fall decorations is this crow. One of my girls made it in pre school out of newspaper, masking tape painted black, feathers and gems for the eyes. I just love it! The skull bottle is as spooky as we get around here. lol!
black crow
Halloween is always a fun time. Costumes, makeup and pumpkin carving are all good. Every year I say I'm going carve a black cat out of pumpkins like a pic I saw in Better Homes and Gardens years ago. Well, I finally did it and I'm really happy with how it came out!
pumpkin black cat
I started by hollowing and carving eyes in the small pumpkin for the cat's head. This happened to be a pie pumpkin which is harder and denser than a carving pumpkin. A bit more difficult to carve. Look for carving pumpkins for easier carving. Sometimes, the right size pumpkin happens to be a pie pumpkin and you just have to go for it! 

It helps if you have the right carving tools. Not cheap ones that are dull and bend when you use them. Save the pumpkin seeds from your carved pumpkin for roasting.
pumpkin seeds
Two coats of acrylic craft paint worked well to paint the pumpkins black. I like the matte finish. It will scratch off kind of easily, though. Black spray paint in a matte or glossy finish would also work. It's faster but my husband always manages to see the teeniest bit of overspray and gives me a hard time about it, so painting with a brush is the best choice for me!

The bottom pumpkin is solid and uncarved. The tail is a gourd. Thin spaghetti made great whiskers. The kitty's sequin and rhinestone collar and ears are felt pinned to the pumpkin. I found the perfect sequin for the nose. 

This pumpkin cat actually freaked out one of my cats especially the glowing eyes!😺 I caught her reaction on video.
carved black cat with glowing eyes
I put a video together to give you construction tips if you want to make your own pumpkin cat. My kitty's reaction is in it too! I also included how to roast pumpkin seeds.

Click here to watch the How to Make a Pumpkin Black Cat video!

I'm thinking about making another one from those carvable pumpkins that are sold in craft stores so I have a permanent pumpkin kitty to put out every year.


roasted pumpkin seeds
Have a Warm and Happy Fall!
xo
Jill 
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