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Stacy Davis
Stacy Davis
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  • Fredericksburg, VA

Handmade Halloween - Burlap Jack O Lantern

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1 Hours

**update** An added benefit to this Halloween Decor is that you can remove the crumpled paper or stuffing and fold flat for storage. ** I belong to a Facebook group where people post pictures of things they have decorated. This woman posted a picture of her porch and it was decorated for Halloween. So cute. Amongst all her cute things were these burlap jack o lanterns and I asked her if she made them. She hadn't so I searched for them and I later found them online at AtHome. As luck would have it, it appeared that I had everything needed to make these so I thought I would give it a shot.
handmade halloween burlap jack o lantern
Ok, here is the real deal! Super Cute!! Funny story about AtHome Stores, I once wore my Hometalk shirt inside one and had to leave because I was mobbed with customers who thought I worked there and were asking me where things were located. In Michaels or Target, I could probably play along but this was the first time I had ever entered an AtHome store.
handmade halloween burlap jack o lantern
I used a container that I thought would make a good form for my jack o lantern. I had orange burlap and then I painted some green. My orange rectangle should be a little wider and then I could have just painted part of it green but for now I was working with these sizes. I used the lid as a guide and roughly cut a circle for the bottom. The rectangle was about 13 inches wide with the green strip attached. I made it extra long and just cut off the extra when I got to the end of my circle. The circle was about 9 inches across.
handmade halloween burlap jack o lantern
I added the rectangle piece to the circle using hot glue. I never noticed what hot mess my glue gun was until I saw this picture. It looks like I don’t love it but I do.
handmade halloween burlap jack o lantern
I worked my way about half way around the circle and then decided to add the face with masking tape. I began with the nose. (In hindsight, I wish I had placed the face lower, closer to the bottom.)
handmade halloween burlap jack o lantern
I used black craft paint and a dabber sponge applicator.
handmade halloween burlap jack o lantern
I didn't wait for it to dry because I have the patience of a two year old. I told myself I would be careful. That is one of the biggest lies that I tell myself.
handmade halloween burlap jack o lantern
I painted this triangle then just picked up the top two pieces of masking tape and moved them to the next eye.
handmade halloween burlap jack o lantern
For some reason, the mouth seemed hard but in the end, it turned out just like I wanted it to. I kept having trouble with the negative space aspect.
handmade halloween burlap jack o lantern
Also, I slipped some paper inside so the paint wouldn't go right on through. This is the back side of the face.
handmade halloween burlap jack o lantern
I cut off the excess burlap rectangle and hot glued the side closed. I used green jute twine and a large eyed needle to close the top.
I ended up removing the large plastic container inside and filling it with crumpled paper.

handmade halloween burlap jack o lantern
I wasn’t satisfied with that first stem so I glued some additional green painted burlap to the top and threaded green jute twine through. Then I cinched it like a drawstring bag.
handmade halloween burlap jack o lantern
Much better! I stinkin' love it and it didn't cost me a penny. I have a tutorial for the gingham pumpkins, you can find it here on Hometalk. They are so easy
Happy Halloween!!
handmade halloween burlap jack o lantern
One last picture, because it is so fun to decorate with these handmade Halloween projects. 🎃
handmade halloween burlap jack o lantern
Happy Halloween! 👻
A couple of things about the video... It took a total of 18 minutes so I sped up the time to around 4 minutes. At the end, when I am filling the jack o lantern with crumpled paper to give it form, it is hard to tell what I am doing because my hands are out of the frame. In this jack o lantern, I painted the top of the orange burlap green instead of adding it at the end. Instead of creating the face with masking tape, I used my Silhouette and contact paper and designed a simple face. If you would like a copy of my design, let me know. The orange burlap rectangle was 24 1/2 inches across and 18 1/2 inches up and down. The green was painted 4 inches down the 18 1/2 inches. The circle of orange burlap was approximately 7 1/2 inches across. These dimensions made a taller jack o lantern than the first one by 5 inches.
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  • Bonnie Bowness
    8 hours ago

    Hi Stacy, your pumpkins are just adorable, every one of them.You did a very good job and thank you for sharing with everyone.Its so nice of you to share your talent.Very sweet!!!! Cheers!!!!

  • Stacy
    7 hours ago

    From one Stacy Davis to another, these are so cute and farmhouse style. I love it!

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