How To Make a Hand Lettered Pumpkin

How To Make a Hand Lettered Pumpkin

So, I was dog-sitting for a friend a week ago.  As I turned on to her street I noticed an adorable pumpkin in one of the yards.  It had the family’s name on it  Then, I noticed that ALL the houses on the street had one.  Right then I knew I had to make my own hand-lettered pumpkin for my front yard.  Can you even imagine how adorable it was to see the whole street with these pumpkins?  Trust me, you need one.  For that matter, so do your neighbors.

This is such an easy project, and I can’t wait to share it with you.  In fact, I just made this pumpkin the other night in about 20 minutes.  Wouldn’t you like a hand-lettered pumpkin to welcome your guests?  I know you’re thinking about it.  Come on…ANYONE can do this.  Honestly.  You don’t really have to hand-letter.  No vinyl cutting machine necessary.  You just need a somewhat steady hand and a paintbrush.  Read on and let me show you how to do this.

First let’s gather supplies.  You’ll need a large metal pumpkin.  I bought mine at Hobby Lobby.  They are $39.99, but not when you use your 40% off coupon. 🙂  You also need some outdoor paint, a paintbrush, and a piece of chalk, and an Expo marker.  Here’s what I used.

Making a hand-lettered pumpkin for your yard is so easy, especially if you use this technique that ANYONE can do.

 

Now, for the first step, you need to type your name into a word processing program.  I use Word.  Choose a font that you like and blow it up REALLy big.  I used the font, Gracias at about 372%.  I purchased it through Font Bundles.

 

Making a hand-lettered pumpkin for your yard is so easy, especially if you use this technique that ANYONE can do.

 

Print out your name.  You will have to tape together several sheets of paper most likely to get your name in one long strip.  Turn the paper over and trace over the print with chalk.

Making a hand-lettered pumpkin for your yard is so easy, especially if you use this technique that ANYONE can do.

 

Next, turn the paper over and press it onto the pumpkin.  Go over it using pressure to transfer the chalk to the pumpkin. Next, I went over the chalk outline with an Expo marker.  This gave me lines to use to paint my name in.  You’ll have to get into the right light to see the chalk and trace the letters.  This does not have to be perfect.  You just need a rough outline.

Making a hand-lettered pumpkin for your yard is so easy, especially if you use this technique that ANYONE can do.

Now comes the easy part.  Fill in the lines with paint.  I used a flat brush and the tiniest bit of paint.  When it dried, I simply wiped off the marker that was left showing.  And, voila!

 

Making a hand-lettered pumpkin for your yard is so easy, especially if you use this technique that ANYONE can do.

 

Well, I don’t know about you, but I love it!  I am so happy with the way this turned out.  It really took just a few minutes and it was so much easier than I thought it would be.  I think this is a good technique for lots of projects where you want a hand-lettered look.  So, what else would you use this on?   I know I am going to be keeping my eyes out for some cute little thing for Christmas too.

Alright, you know I tell you every time…I’d love to hear from you.  Leave me a comment below.  What do you think of this project?  What would be a good project to try next?  I’m all ears.

Until next time~

15 Comments

  1. Cute pumpkin!! I’m going to Hobby Lobby to buy the supplies THIS WEEK!

    One question-did you really mean 372% or was it 372 pt font size? Just trying to clarify so that I can get an idea of the size.

    Thanks JLM!

  2. I LOVE this idea! It turned out so perfect & fun! I’m not the most crafty person, but I think I could do this! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this project. You got me interested when it was titled a pumpkin for cheaters on the picture. I am definitely one who needs “cheat ideas”!

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      Thanks! Yes, I love that font too. I am already wondering what can I find next to use for the holidays?

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