LED Pumpkins – Trick your Pumpkin Halloween Sweepstakes

October 11th, 2014

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Are you ready to Trick Your Pumpkin??! Michaels.com is hosting a pumpkin decorating sweepstakes – to enter instagram a picture of your tricked-out pumpkin and hashtag #trickyourpumpkin #sweepstakes and tag @MichaselsStores. Visit their website for more information.  Now check out my tricked out pumpkins!trick-pumpkins-theprojectgirl

LED pumpkins Supplies: 

Craft Pumpkins from Michaels

LED Lights (I got mine in the Christmas Section of Michaels)

Template ( just print out whatever letters you want to spell, however big you want them to be)

Tape

Artificial Pumpkin Carving Knives

Awl (or drill with small drill bit)

My pumpkins were about 6″ tall, so I printed letters that were 3.75″ tall. I tore them out of the paper fairly close to the edge of the letters. I positioned them onto pumpkin where I wanted them to be. 
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Then I taped around the letter to keep it in place. I had to fold a few areas of the letter to make it fit with the pumpkin shape.
trick-pumpkins-paper1-theprojectgirlThen I used a piece of chalk to map out where the lights would be. The lights I bought had 20 bulbs per strand. So I aimed for 2o holes. If you are using bigger pumpkins, you can get a strand with more bulbs, or use multiple strands.
trick-pumpkins-paper-theprojectgirlOnce I  had the template ready to go, I cut out a large circle from the bottom of the pumpkin. You’ll need it large enough to maneuver your hand around to insert the lights.
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Then I punched holes through each of the dots and removed the template. I recommend an Awl for this, or if you have a drill with a 3/32″ or 1/8″ bit, definitely use that! I used the little artificial pumpkin carvers, but ended up with some rough holes.

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Once your holes are all punched through, just gently insert the lights by pushing them through the inside of the pumpkin. I didn’t tape them or anything, they are just held in place because of the tension of a slightly smaller hole. led-pumpkins-inside-theprojectgirl

And here’s what they look like all inserted. I think using a drill would make for the most clean looking finished product.

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All turned on they look amazing!

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Remember to enter the Michaels.com Trick Your Pumpkin Sweepstakes by October 31st, 2014 for a chance to win a $250 Michaels Gift Card and Plaid products each Friday in October!

Minted Thanksgiving & Halloween Card and celebration round-up

October 7th, 2014

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There are so many gorgeous card, invitation, and party decor designs at Minted.com this season. I know I tend to think of Minted for just Christmas Cards, but they have so much more including fathers day cards, gorgeous wall art, and even fabric! Here are my favorite picks for Fall (links at the bottom)

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 Use Coupon Code TRICKORTREAT14 for 15% off Halloween Cards, or GIVETHANKS14 for 15% off thanksgiving cards

1. Hand-lettered Thanksgiving Card

2. Hand-lettered Thanksgiving Photo Card

3.Thankful for Everything Photo Card

4. Pause and Give Thanks Photo Card

5. Thanksgiving Dinner Invitation

6. Floral Menu Card (with foil!)

7. Custom Thanksgiving Party Decorations

8. Floral Place Card (with foil!)

9. Chalk Menu

10. Chalk Backdrop 

11.Spooky Halloween Photo Card

12. Halloweenie Roast Invitation

13. Create a Costume Photo Card

And while you’re at Minted.com, check out their NEW amazing printed envelopes for your Holiday cards.

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Cricut Design Space Star – Halloween Party Projects using Cricut Explore

September 18th, 2014

*This post contains affiliate links and is part of the Design Space Star contest by Cricut. All projects and opinions are 100% mine.

Pin this project to your halloween board!

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It’s Cricut Design Space Star time again! This round my team decided on Halloween Party as our theme. We all created fun party projects that are linked at the bottom of this post. I created a party display with a Spooky Cake Topper & Stand, Halloween Cupcakes, Ghost Banner, and a BOO pendant.

I created all these great projects using my awesome Cricut Explore! Check out my full tutorial post for the Cake Stand, Cupcakes, and Ghost Banner.

Pin this Cake Topper & Cake stand to your Halloween board.

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Pin these cupcake picks and wraps to your halloween board:

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Pin this Mini Ghost Banner to your Halloween Board.

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Check out my full Crepe Paper Boo Pennant Banner Tutorial Post.

Pin the Crepe Paper Pennant to your halloween board!theprojectgirl-boo-door

My super creative teammates also created some gorgeous Halloween party projects using their Cricut Explore. Be sure to check out and pin all these projects so you can get your halloween decor and celebrations on this year (links below image)!

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Spider to the Fly Text Art by Hideous, Dreadful, Stinky!
Halloween Cupcake Toppers, Brooklyn Berry Designs
DIY Halloween Flashlight Projections, by Stuffed Suitcase
Skeleton Hand Pitcher, by Handmade in the Heartland
Spooky Cake Stand & Topper, The Project Girl
Halloween Luminary Bags, by The Country Chic Cottage
Halloween Party Set, Laura’s Crafty Life
Halloween Sparkle Garland, by Among the Young
Halloween Party Masks, by Freebies2Deals
Woodland Animal Masks, by Sewbon
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Cricut I Made It Contest

Enter the Cricut-I Made It! Contest

Because It’s Time to Make It Big
It’s time your creativity pays off so you can really make it.  Cricut has just announced the second phase of the Cricut – I Made It! contest and this time they’re awarding one winner their own Make it Now™ project line to be sold in Cricut Design Space™!
To help create your line, Cricut will fly you to their headquarters in Salt Lake City to work side-by-side with their design team.  Then you and a guest will enjoy an all-expense paid stay at the Grand America Hotel – a luxury resort in Salt Lake City, home to the best skiing in the world.
The winner will be featured on Cricut.com and every time a Cricut user purchases your project, you’ll earn money.  Cha-ching! Cricut will even help with your publicity.
Cricut is upping the fame game even more…camera, lights, action….
Cricut has partnered with the The Design Network – a premier online design channel – to showcase the Cricut- I Made It! winner this fall. You’ll get a spotlight feature on a network dedicated to celebrating great designers and their creative star power.
Cricut’s judges, including DIY Diva Alison Deyette and two creative directors from Cricut, will pick 50 finalists from the best project entries based on creativity, use of materials and technique.  Who will pick the ultimate winner? You, the public, will vote online in October.
To enter the Cricut – I Made It! contest, all you need is a photo of an original project. You can upload up to five photos (which can be five individual projects or multiple photos of one project).
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Disclosure  |  I am a member of the Cricut Blogger Network.  I may receive prizes in exchange for my winning projects.  Even though I am not being directly compensated for these posts, I am under consideration for a prize with Cricut Design Space Star. All opinions are 100% my own.