My pumpkin this year isn’t really a pumpkin. It’s an Ikea lantern, which isn’t on their website anymore. I have two of these lanterns with rounded globes. I decided to paint the insides of the globes a bright orange by swirling the paint around inside – much harder than it sounds. It took two coats to get the consistency right. It needed to be watery enough that it would move around and cover the inside, but not too runny so that it slid right off.I found some images on-line and then enlarged them. I didn’t feel like hooking up my printer, so I laid a piece of paper on the computer screen and traced the images. Then I cut them out and roughly traced them onto the globe.Following that, I painted the images with black paint, doing two coats to make sure it was thick enough and the light didn’t shine through.I can use these lanterns for the next few days without worrying about the pumpkins getting moldy and soft. I can also store them and use them again next year, or just scrub them out and use them for lanterns again.
I also have a big green alien for the front porch.