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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Pumpkins in Silhouette


Give pumpkins a sophisticated, modern look this Halloween with silhouettes.

Check out this project and more ideas in 17 Pumpkin Patterns: Free Projects for Halloween!


DecoArt Products Required
Americana Acrylics

  • DAO1 - Snow (Titanium) White
  • DAO67 - Lamp (Ebony) Black

Americana Brushes

  • DBF2575-B - Flat 3/4"
  • DBFN6504-B - White Bristle Fan 4

Weathered Wood

  • DAS8 - Weathered Wood

Multi-Purpose Sealer

  • DS17 - Multi-Purpose Sealer

Americana Spray Sealers

  • DAS13 - Americana Matte Spray


  • Water container
  • Tracing and transfer paper
  • Pencil
  • Palette or plastic plate
  • Paper towels
  • Pumpkin (real or artificial)
  • Pattern 1
  • Pattern 2


  1. Basecoat or prime pumpkin. (See Helpful Hints below.)
  2. Coat pumpkin with Weathered Wood.
  3. Use fan brush to apply Lamp Black (or contrasting color) over Weathered Wood. Be careful not to overbrush as lifting of paint may occur. Let dry thoroughly.
  4. For silhouette designs, trace and transfer pattern. Paint design with contrasting color that corresponds to pumpkin. Let dry.
  5. When completely dry, mist with Americana Matte Spray Sealer. Allow to dry between coats.

Helpful Hints

  • Let dry between steps.
  • You can also basecoat pumpkin in DA229 Jack-O'-Lantern Orange or Americana Acrylic color of your choice.
  • Basecoat color will show through cracks. If you want color other than natural pumpkin color, choose color that contrasts with topcoat.
  • Multi-Purpose Sealer improves adhesion on slick surfaces. For best results and durability, it would be best to prime pumpkin with sealer first.
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Tres chic! I just love the look of these painted pumpkins. You know, you can also buy fake pumpkins that are very realistic at Michaels craft store. They would be perfect for this craft. Once you spend all your time, effort, and money on the paint and supplies, you wouldn't want to have to throw away the pumpkin because it's rotten. Keep them for year after year! Try a very modern color scheme like maybe a mint with white, or a coral with white.

I was thinking the same thing about all the time spent for the real pumpkins to rot. I love your idea of the fake ones because this is such a cute decor to keep on a table ,mantel or even use for Thanksgiving table. You can even put a turkey picture on it.


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