How to make a cactus pumpkin

I don’t normally go for a theme when it comes to Halloween, but this year I decided to try something new. Inspired by the film “Coco” and Mexican El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), I wanted to try something less scary and more colourful. If you’re looking for a pumpkin decor idea you might find this one interesting. I’ll show you step by step how to create a flowering cactus pumpkin.

You will need:
1. One large or medium pumpkin
2. Two small munchkin pumpkins
3. Green and white paint (I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, because it doesn’t require a primer and it has a nice matte finish)
4. Some paint brushes
5. Artificial flowers
6. A plant pot
7. Wooden cocktail sticks

Step 1.
Paint your pumpkins green. I needed two solid coats, but it depends on a paint.

Step 2.
Add some lighter or darker stripes. You can mix some of your green and white paint to create a lighter tone. When it’s nice and dry add some white spines. I painted mine with a potato stamp. I’m sure you can figure out how to make one!

Step 3.
Add some flowers. If your flower has a wire inside you can simply remove the plastic cover and use that wire to attach to your pumpkin. You can also use a hot glue gun or a wooden cocktail stick.

Step 4.
To attach a small pumpkin to a bigger one – use a wooden cocktail stick. If it’s too hard you can make a hole using a nail first.

Step 5.
Put your pretty cactus pumpkin into a plant pot and VOILA!

I didn’t stop there with my themed decorations. I used an old pirate skeleton from Costco to transform it into beautiful Frida Kahlo. All I had to do is draw her characteristic unibrow, add a cheap black wig that I braided and put on some accessories.
Hope you like the result. Happy Halloween!

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