How To: Make Your Pumpkin Sparkle

We are used to carving out pumpkins around this time of year to look scary, but have we ever thought about bedazzling them?  I came across a few pictures of glamorous pumpkins on Pinterest and wanted to do the same for my gourd this year.  Here’s how I did it.

Materials:
1 medium pumpkin with stem attached
white spray paint
painter’s tape
white acrylic paint and paintbrush
craft glue
sequins

First, cover the stem with painter’s tape.  Take your pumpkin outside and cover all sides with spray paint.  Having a pumpkin with a stem really helps apply the paint on because you can tilt it and turn it around.  After it has dried for a couple hours, take off the tape.  There will be some orange spots that the spray paint couldn’t get to, so take the acrylic white paint and just cover up the spots with your paintbrush.

Now you can begin bedazzling your pumpkin!  Use a craft glue or all-purpose glue like Elmer’s and draw a line half-way down a crater of the pumpkin.  Apply the sequins along the line.  Do this for every 2 or 3 craters going down.  Attach the vertical lines together with upside-down U lines of glue.  Apply the sequins.  Make 2-3 horizontal rows.  When you have completed all your rows, proudly display your classy pumpkin for trick-or-treaters to admire.

Are you wondering why I didn’t put a spider on the glitzy pumpkin web?  Well, cause I’m terrified of spiders (even fake ones)!

Try the same technique with black spray paint or different colored sequins.  Enjoy!

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Herb Box Planter

I don’t consider myself to have much of a green thumb. Actually, I tend to say that I have a black thumb because all the plants I take home die within a couple weeks.  I don’t know if I over water them or under water them.  I don’t know how much sunlight they need.  I don’t know if I should put them in direct light or indirect light.  There are so many circumstances that I need to balance in gardening!  I also don’t understand how I know exactly what to do after plants have been picked and I buy them from the grocery store, but I have no clue about what to do before that process.

There’s one thing that I’ve always wanted to have, an herb garden.  I like to cook with fresh herbs and hate when they go bad in my fridge.  So, I decided to try it once again.

I bought already potted herbs (who knows how this would have ended up if I grew them from a seed), and transferred them into an empty wine box.  After much research on Google, here’s how I did it.

Materials:
1 wooden wine box
1 plastic trash bag liner
river rocks
potted herbs

Measure the trash bag liner so that it completely covers the bottom of the wine box.  Cut the liner just above the rim of the wine box.

Line the inside of the box with one layer of river rocks.  This is so that there is proper water drainage at the bottom of the box.

Take the plants out of their pots and place them in a row in the wine box.  Do not overcrowd the box.

Pack the empty spaces with more soil.  Water thoroughly. 

Tada!  You now can display your cute planter on your balcony or garden.  Also, if you have any tips on caring for herbs, I am all ears =) Enjoy!