We wanted to share this next idea with you for a DIY home decor idea that is easy and frugal. It is such a wonderfully welcoming way for guests to enter your home. And it would be adorable on a porch, but a porch is not necessary because it stands on it’s own too! So perfect for any yard, porch, area by the door…decor. All you need is a pumpkin and your vinyl letters. My friend, Tonya, runs an online vinyl lettering store and she’s the one that created this project. She has the vinyl lettering phrases like “Give Thanks” in her store. She also customizes letters for the monogramming or for customized phrasing and she does not charge extra for customizing. She has a heart for making others’ homes personalized and special and wants to make it affordable as possible. You can see all of the options on her site at Fruitful Vine Creations or contact her for customizing what you want! Now on with the instructions for this easy, classy decor project. How To Put Vinyl Lettering on Pumpkins:
- First, you need a pumpkin! Tonya got these great looking, large pumpkins at Costco for only $6 each. But you can get pumpkins anywhere, but larger ones are best. You can also buy the fake pumpkins at Hobby Lobby for a decent price and have this project year after year!
- Second, you need your vinyl monogram letter or your quote. Please note that these pumpkins were done in chocolate chip color and the small size for “Give Thanks.”
- Make sure the pumpkin is clean and dry.
- Place your vinyl lettering against the surface to decide on position.
- Once position is determined, the quotes and letters have a transfer tape (the clear tape on top of your letters) on one side and backing paper (white and shiny) on the other. Before peeling the back paper off (in the next step), burnish (rub) the surface of transfer tape with the tool provided to ensure the quote is adhered solidly to the transfer tape. (Letters may pull away from transfer tape during shipping.)
- Attach your lettering to the surface of the pumpkin by carefully peeling off the backing (waxy paper). The letters should adhere to the tape (if they are sticking to your waxy paper, flip them back down and reburnish your letters). Sometimes you have to burnish particular letters more than others. Once they are removed from the backing paper, you can lay them back down against your surface.
- Burnish your letters onto your Pumpkin. Carefully press any air bubbles out from underneath the words. Burnish again, apply more pressure over the entire area. It can be a little tricky to get the vinyl to stick, but as long as you move slowly, you will have success. The rounded surface may also seem a little tricky, but it’s also forgiving. Just move slowly.
- Carefully peel back the transfer tape at a 45° angle. This will leave the quote on your pumpkin. This can be a slow process. Be careful not to peel the backing away too quickly. Sometimes the letters want to stick to the tape instead of the wall. If this is the case, you will need to be a bit more persistent with your burnishing.
- Once they are on, they will stay in position well!
And that’s it! It really is a simple process that makes for beautiful, customized results. This is one of my favorite porch, front yard fall decor projects! What do you think? Have you tried applying vinyl to pumpkins before? If you have questions about how to apply vinyl lettering or any questions related to a project like this, Tonya is happy to help. Visit her site for the vinyl products or to make a customized order.