Halloween, although more popular now than previously, still isn't a HUGE deal here in the UK.
My first Halloween in London was significant, purely because of it's lacklustre nature. I did nothing.
Having asked around about fancy dress parties, the reply was mostly a look of perplexity, almost as though I had 3 heads. Now however, it seems everywhere is decorated, and "trick or treating" is finally starting to take off.
So when I happened upon this post, I thought the chevron painted pumpkin looked simple enough to ease me into the world of "not-an-actual-holiday" decorating.
Incidentally, a few days later a friend of mine told me about her very first pumpkin carving experience, which sort of fueled me on.
Any DIY or crafts I decide to tackle must fit only two criteria:
1. Tools and materials must be able to fit up 2 flights of stairs and through the front door. Easier said than done in a building that's been standing since the early 1800's.
2. Must be affordable, which is relative and dependent upon number of Zara visits at any given time.
Bingo, chevron pumpkin passed the test.
So it was decided. On Friday after work, I would head to the supermarket and pick up a pumpkin to paint.
Except, after work I went to All Bar One instead...and then had an internal battle about whether or not a painted pumpkin was even worth a blog post (the thought that it wasn't made me feel less guilty about bailing for raspberry bellinis instead). But alas, the guilt was too much too bear, and yesterday I finally trotted over to Sainsbury's and bought a pumpkin.
The process was pretty straightforward:
Bish bash bosh, there she is!
I did like the way it looked with white tape - the third colour gave it a bit more definition, but unfortunately I had no white paint.
I will also let you in on a little secret: I didn't paint the back. Why? Because I'm lazy and no one will see it anyway. Just being honest.
So there you have it, a simple Halloween project that anyone can tackle. For more of an impact, I would recommend clustering in a group of 3 or 5.