As much as I want to buy those gorgeous pumpkins at the grocery store, I reel myself back in. It’s still in the mid 90’s here in Houston. Those puppies have been outside literally baking in the hot sun all day every day. I feel like they would be rotten in a matter of days. I decided to let the faux ones have their day in the sun (hardy, har, har!!!) and used those on the mantle this year.
I made the masks last year for our porch pumpkins when I didn’t have the energy to carve. I’m so glad I hung on to them because they look so good on these fake white pumpkins! I found the leafy and feathered mask patterns on Good Housekeeping. You can print out the templates for them here. The cat mask has pipe cleaners for the whiskers. I cut them out of a sticky backed felt so I didn’t have to mess with attaching strings to them.
The bat and witch silhouettes were left overs from several years back when I made Martha’s Haunted Halloween Village for our front porch. Sometimes it pays off to hold on to everything!
The only scary part of this Halloween mantle was when Sam got the vacuum extension hose too close to the cheese cloth that is draped off the right end. That little guy about sucked the entire mantle into the vacuum. I tell ya what, Dyson definitely held up to it’s no loss of suction tag line!
| SOURCES: pumpkin masks . silhouettes . faux pumpkins . crow . DIY sunburst mirror . DIY striped candles |
QUESTION – For those of you that live in warmer climates, do you go ahead and buy the pumpkins when they first come out, and if so do they last?