I always love flipping through magazines especially around the holidays! They always give great inspiration for decorating and this year I was totally inspired by a Halloween Fireplace Pumpkin idea I found in a PBK magazine. So I decided to recreate the look for myself with a little help from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.
I particularly fell in love with the carved flaming pumpkins I saw in my original inspiration idea:
I knew that these would be really easy and fun to re-create! I wanted mine to last for years though, so I didn't want to use real pumpkins. I decided to use carvable pumpkins for my project from Jo-Ann and they worked perfectly!
The rest of the decorations on my mantel are either something I've created in the past and blogged about, or they are purchased, pre-made Halloween decorations from Jo-Ann. (Don't you just love the haunted house and spider place-mats I picked up there!?)
This project is really quite simple and doesn't take too much time or effort. All you need to do is run down to your local Jo-Ann, pick up a few Funkins (carvable pumpkins) and get to carving!
First we sketched flame designs on the Funkins. They don't have to be exact.
Then you will start carving your pumpkins.
In my original "plan," I was going to quickly carve them with a dremel...that didn't actually work out very well for what I was trying to accomplish. So I ended up using a cheap pumpkin carving knife. When that finally stopped working well (I carved a lot of pumpkins!), I turned to a jig saw blade (just the blade, not the whole jig saw...that would have been overkill :)
In any case, a really thin jagged edge blade will work best.
Continue to sketch and cut your flame design out of as many pumpkins as you like!
We stacked ours in front of our fireplace. I thought it was fun to have Flaming Pumpkins in front of the fireplace! A bit fun and a bit spooky.
You can even put battery operated tea lights in them at night to create a fun and Spooky Fireplace Effect!
Jo-Ann offers so many fabulous crafting supplies and is truly one of my favorite stores to shop at! You can also find a ton of INSPIRATION at the Jo-Ann Creativity Made Simple website HERE. Be sure to stop by and check out many amazing holiday ideas!
You still have time to create something Spooky for Halloween including these fun Flaming Pumpkins!
Be sure to stop by your local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores to grab your supplies and be sure to print and use this coupon to save big on your purchase: