I’m pretty much counting down the days until Fall arrives. I mean – what’s not to love? Crisp cool air, pumpkin patch outings, leaves changing colors, salted caramel mochas, and of course Fall decorating. All of these amazing things give me all the feels, and make it hard to wait out these last couple weeks of summer. Well, I’m not waiting any longer to decorate for Fall. What’s the harm in decorating just a tad bit early?
This year I have been dreaming up ideas of what to place on our dining room table for the Fall. I wanted to create a centerpiece that was easily moveable (hello toddlers!), that coordinated with our current decor, and that could last throughout the entire Fall season. I’ve been loving the look of faux greenery mixed with white pumpkins, so I decided to customize my faux pumpkin with some hand lettering. Using the method I used on my hand lettered canvas tutorial I was able to easily create this beautiful hand lettered Fall pumpkin!
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I started this project by heading to Michael’s for some supplies. That is where I found my faux white pumpkin, faux greenery, basket, and Sharpie paint pen. I was very happy to find that all of their Fall greenery was 40% off and the pumpkins were 50% off. Finding most of my supplies on sale made me even more excited about this project! I decided to try the Sharpie paint pen this time because the extra fine point would help me create more precise lines for the lettering.
- Faux pumpkin
- Paint Pen
- Home computer & printer
My first step was to measure the area on the pumpkin that I wanted to have the lettering placed. Then in my editing software (I use Adobe Illustrator) I created a rectangle measuring the size that I wanted the words to fill, and then created my words with the font Argentinian Nights (you can find it here). I adjusted the words to make sure it fit within the rectangle, then I deleted the rectangle before saving my file. Then I printed it out on my home printer and started my next step.
I flipped my paper over and started to draw over the outlines of the words, making sure to get a good amount of lead onto the paper. This will ensure that you will get a good outline on your pumpkin when you are transferring the lettering.
Next I cut around my words, flipped my paper back over, and taped it to my pumpkin. Then I started to carefully trace around each letter. This transfers the lead from the backside of the paper onto the pumpkin, leaving you with an outline.
Next I started using my paint pen to trace over my pencil outline. I went very slowly to make sure that I didn’t make any mistakes. There were times that the paint would stop flowing nicely from the pen, so I had to stop and tap the pen on a piece of paper to get the paint flowing again.
After I finished tracing the lettering with my paint pent, I was ready to place it in my centerpiece along with some cute little velvet pumpkins I found at Target. I love the look of the hand lettered pumpkin with the rustic basket, faux flowers and greenery. It adds some beautiful Fall farmhouse charm to our dining table!
Now it’s time to break out the rest of my Fall decor! I really enjoyed creating this centerpiece for our dining room. Have you started decorating for Fall yet? Have you started decorating early like me?