The pumpkin that turned into a lantern

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If you buzzed by yesterday you will remember that I was cross with myself because I had wasted time painting a pumpkin white. I had, or thought I had, a fab idea for today’s Brag Monday over at The Graphics Fairy. I made sure I was organised by giving the pumpkin several coats of gesso the night before and the lovingly applied two top coats. Then I started on “the big idea,” and, well , to be honest, it just didn’t look good. Having wasted more than enough time, and not wanting to miss a Brag Monday, I had to think quick and so came up with this little altered lantern.



Oh that I’d started off with this in mind because a) it was very easy to do and b) I’m more than a little happy with how it turned out! You might recognise this little lantern that previously housed a little fairy. I’ve stripped it bare and given it a Halloween make over using two of my absolute favourite images from The Graphics Fairy.

I printed out six of the image of the owl sitting on a pumpkin and applied one to each little pane of the lantern.


I applied white Icelandic moss to the top of the lantern and then tied pieces of orange and black seam binding to the handle.


The finishing touch was to make a little arrangement using the moon image from The Graphics Fairy, some gorgeous orange flowers, tiny black rosebuds and one of my mini pumpkins.




So, I started off with a pumpkin and ended up with a lantern. Perhaps if I practise really hard I could eventually conjure up a golden coach. In the meantime, any ideas of what I could do with a white pumpkin?

Thanks for buzzing by.




The pumpkin that turned into a lantern — 8 Comments

  1. I was looking forward to seeing your pumpkin but I cannot say that I am disappointed because this is gorgeous, I bet the orange glow gives a room a lovely warm feel and your decoration on the top is fabulous.

    Dionne xx

    • Thanks Dionne. All that orange from the owl and pumpkin gives out a fabulous glow and as the clocks go back it’s time to bring out the lanterns and candles!! xx

  2. Ok, your pumpkin is a bust but your lantern project is absolutely wonderful. I hate when I start a project and it just cannot work out to satisfaction. but that’s life. Keep the projects coming. One day i will get the nerve to show something.
    Owego, new York

    • Thank you! I must admit it’s really cosy when lit up in the dark. You must show your work, I would love to see what you do. Sometimes when I see things I have done previously I’m not as keen on them as I was when I made them, then others I think – “that turned out OK.”

  3. Lets see you could take the top off and use it to put some little pumpkins, gourds, etc. with sunflowers in, would be really pretty after you did it.
    I love your lantern. I have two I should have done something with. Seeing your owl on pumpkin I’ll be making some small owls with a sliver of moon for mine, have a pattern. My inks out so can’t print anything out. Will have to make do. Your lantern looks so pretty and fallish. Is it cold there yet in London? Oh how I’d love to visit your country. Would love to see Cornwall after reading about it so many times in books I’ve read by Rosamunde Pilcher and other authors. Happy week

    • In my teens I was hooked on Victoria Holt novels (period romance/drama) which were mostly set in Cornwall. You would love Cornwall, my sister-in-laws parents have a huge holiday house in Port Isaac which is a lovely fishing village and home of the TV series Doc Martin. However, it’s a long drive from where I live so you have to psych yourself up to make the journey.

      Like your ideas for the pumpkin and I have picked up some mini pumpkins tonight! Watch this space!

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