October 9, 2012
It’s time for Plaid’s annual Trick your Pumpkin contest! Crafters simply decorate a pumpkin and submit a photo to be eligible to win great prizes. This year, we are celebrating the many faces of Halloween! Here’s your chance to show us your favorite pumpkin face and win great prizes. This contest is under way and many people have already begun submitting their pumpkins. Don’t delay and enter today!
We want YOU to create a three-dimensional pumpkin using your favorite Plaid products – and there are no limits to what you can create! All we ask is that the pumpkin be three-dimensional – this means that no flat pumpkins are allowed – the actual pumpkin body itself must be at least 1/8” thick. Possibilities include real pumpkins, craft pumpkins, paper mache, clay pots, wood, fabric and more. Use your imagination and Trick Your Pumpkin!
The contest submission date runs from September 27th through October 24st. After the submission period ends several craft celebrities, will narrow down the entries to the top twenty pumpkins. The craft celebrities will include Cathie & Steve, Amy Anderson, and Rachel Faucett. Then from October 26th – 28th it will be the public’s time to cast their vote on the top 20. The winners will be announced on October 31st.
1st Place: $100 cash & $200 worth of Plaid products
2nd Place: $50 cash & $150 worth of Plaid products
3rd Place: $25 cash & $75 worth of Plaid products
We also will award three superlative prizes of Plaid products valued at $25 retail. These prizes will be awarded to the Funniest, Scariest, and Most Decorative.
To enter the contest and see the complete rules click HERE!
October 9, 2012
Here is a cozy project you can create right in time for fall. Add a splash of the blue, fall sky to your table this year. Pumpkins, candles and berries with beautiful aqua blue ribbon will make your table memorable. Now that’s something to be thankful for! Laura Bray from Katydiddys created this wonderful centerpiece. The pop of blue really creates a warm yet cool vibe to this project. Create this or something similar using FolkArt acrylic paints. A pumpkin centerpiece is not just for Halloween, you can use pumpkins all the way into the winter months. All the supplies you will need are found below, along with their instructions. Enjoy!
FolkArt Acrylic Paint-987 Wicker White
Real or fake pumpkins (3), Permanent marker in brown, Aqua blue ribbon, Fall berry floral picks (3), Paint brush, Candles
- Decide on a simple design to paint on your pumpkins. I used polka dots (created by dipping a stencil pouncer into paint and pressing on pumpkins randomly) and swirls. Be brave! You don’t have to be an artist to splash some paint on pumpkins. Remember nature has some imperfections, so if your designs aren’t perfect, just tell people you were going for an “organic” look!
- Allow paint to dry and then outline the designs you painted with brown permanent marker. This will give the painted design dimension. Make sure your markers are not water-soluble as these will smear and you will make a mess on your pumpkin and you will cry. I’m just sayin…
- Cut out the top of your two smallest pumpkins and tuck a candle in each one. Or just slice off the top and make sure there a flat, stable place to stand a candle on the pumpkin. For safety’s sake, consider using battery operated candles.
- Slip some fall themed floral picks around the candles on the small pumpkins and on the top of the large pumpkin.
- Tie a ribbon around the largest pumpkin. Add bows to the tops of all the pumpkins. You can attach the ribbons with glue or, if you want to use the ribbons again, just fasten them onto the pumpkin with small pins.