Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Rolemommy Network and Westcott®any opinions are my own.
Fall Light up Pumpkin
If you’re a long time reader of my blog or if you know me personally you know I can be a bit crafty when I have the time. A while back I partnered with Westcott to create an easy DIY Halloween project. In fact, the people at Westcott said I am a creativator!! They sent me their latest Mini Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue pen, scissors and rulers to assist me in making my project. First, I was going to make a wreath but the product I chose would not cooperate. Then, one day I was taking my sun to school when I noticed a huge box of small pumpkins a local pantry was giving away. I immediately stopped and scooped out 4 or five all while trying to decide how to incorporate them into my Westcott®DIY Halloween Project. If you’re new to crafting or have never heard of the Westcott Company or their line of craft products (I mean people do still live in caves, right? LOL).
Westcott® has been providing crafting products since 1872. They understand and listen to the needs of their customers. That’s important to me, a company that listens to it’s customers. So many times customer service is not important which to me is counterproductive when in business. Westcott listens to their customers and makes the requested adjustments to their already tried and true tested line of great crafting products.
Whenever I’m asked to complete a project because I’m thrifty I try to figure out how to make something whimsical, easy and low in cost. I think I hit the jackpot with my latest projects. I went to a local dollar store and without a plan I simply picked out different mediums I would like to use to create a fall pumpkin and a Halloween pumpkin. Pictured above are the ONLY products I would allow myself to use, so this project was totally on the whim or off the cuff.
I decided I would use the Wescott Hot Glue Pen. It’s a fairly new product ( available at Michael’s stores and online as of April 28, 2017). I liked the way it felt just like an ink pen and not bulky or big.
WESTCOTT HOT GLUE PEN
The evolution of the glue gun starts with the new Westcott Hot Glue Pen. It has an
easy to dispense trigger and ergonomic design, so precision accuracy can be
delivered to every project. Product features include:
* Non-Stick tip for easy clean-up
Nozzle changes from blue to red, indicating when the pen is hot and ready for
*Top-mounted finger trigger allows for controlled glue dispensing
*Use it on:
First things first when using pumpkins as your medium please wash in warm soapy water to remove all of the dirt.
Pumpkin skin can sometimes be a bit oily and dirty so use a soft scrubber to get into all of the grooves and crevices. Be sure and dry with paper-towel and let stand for about 5 minutes to make sure it is completely dry.
After both pumpkins were clean and dry I wrapped the LED Lights around the pumpkin intermittently adding small dollops of hot glue to secure the lights to the pumpkin.
I know it looks messy but the extra glue is helpful when I add the leaves. Also please note the placement of the LED light control is near the stem of the pumpkin for easy access.
I then used my Wescott scissors to quickly and effortlessly cut the flowers from the hard plastic stems/branches.
Staring from the bottom I added glue to the back of each flower and applied it to the pumpkin, overlapping as I went along,
The finished product, a decorative fall pumpkin that lights up in the evening. I know it’s hard to really see the finished product in all it’s glory in pictures so check out my quick video below.
In the video another pumpkin I made for my neighbors little boy is also listed. All in all the pumpkins were FREE, and I used the LED lights, and 2 bunches of fall leaves so the total cost to make my pumpkin was $3.00. It was extremely easy and would make a great project to do with kids. Although I suggest to be extremely careful when dealing with hot glue.
The Pom Pom Pumpkin used 2 bags of assorted color pom poms, and one set of wiggly eyeballs for a grand total of $3.00. Given more time I might paint the stem green and maybe add more pom poms to fill her in a bit more. But I think it’s whimsical and fluffy.