I’m usually geared more towards cutesy Halloween décor as a mother of twin boys are afraid of their own shadows and a daughter who I believe might be the next Stephen King – or Ted Bundy. One can never be too sure. But, what I do know is that her love of the macabre is unmatched by the remaining members of the household.
Kid’s a little creepy. Just sayin’.
Anywho, this idea was perilously close to the more lighthearted & colorful idea of the rainbow crayon pumpkins that I was leaning towards but . . . bloodier. So, it was a shoo-in for the holiday.
Seriously. Who can resist a hemorrhaging pumpkin? Evidently, not I.
So, here you have it:
Step One: Gather Supplies
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- Faux Pumpkin ― affectionately dubbed a “Funkin” by the manufacturers
- Box of 12 Red Crayons
- Craft Glue
- X-acto Knife
So, a couple things about these supplies. . .
One, I’ve added a link to the Funkins which directs you towards Amazon. However, I suggest picking these up at Hobby Lobby, AC Moore, or any other local craft store. I did not pay $34 for this pumpkin. Hell no.
I purchased mine for 40% off at Hobby Lobby and nabbed it for $15.
Second, did you know you could purchase Crayola crayons by the color? I fucking didn’t. I was stoked to find out I didn’t have to buy multiple boxes of crayons to achieve this look. Good lookin’ out, Amazon. You always take care of me. <3
Third, I bought Martha Stewart craft glue for no particular reason other than the fact that it was Martha-freakin’-Stewart. I’m sure her craft glue has some street cred. It just has to.
Fourth, you don’t necessarily need an X-acto knife but they’re useful to have around.
Step Two: DeLabel The Crayons
This is where the X-acto knife comes in handy. You can peel the labels off any which way your heart desires. I, however, find personal satisfaction in using an X-acto knife.
Also, it really does expedite the process.
Step Three: Start Gluing
Glue down each crayon around the base of the stem like photographed. This step assists – but does not alleviate – the crayons sliding around when you’re heating them up with a hairdryer.
I had a few crayons that decided to go rogue.
I allowed a couple hours drying time but I was also completing another DIY project simultaneously that I will announce this Friday, the 23rd.
So, stay tuned, yo.
Step Four: Start Blow-drying
I started off heating the crayons on this artist palette replica table but quickly decided to move to the grass. I know people probably wouldn’t have been able to differentiate the wax splatter from the faux paint splotches but I’d know and I love this table too much to do that to her.
This step requires your creativity and your vision. Explore it. Create it.
step five: viola! bloody pumpkin
And there you have it: A bloody pumpkin! (In my mind, this was said with British accent and a smidge of disdain.)
If you enjoyed this article and love Halloween DIY projects as much as I do, please check out my DIY Halloween Flower Skull tutorial.
And if you are needing further Halloween inspiration, feel free to stop by 13 Halloween Makeup Ideas + Tutorials for some stunning makeup ideas!
What Halloween projects do you have in the pipeline? Let me know in the comments!