DIY Moon and Stars Pumpkins

Last year, I made these really fun swirly galaxy-inspired iridescent pumpkins. This year, I wanted to do another spin on a celestial-inspired pumpkin using my new favorite material: hologram vinyl! So today I’m teaming up with one of my favorite crafting partners, Fiskars, to make these beautiful DIY moon and stars pumpkins. This DIY couldn’t be easier – all you need are some scissors, a few craft punches, and vinyl! Oh, and pumpkins of course. And since the vinyl essentially functions like a sticker, it’s also a super fun activity for kids. Are you ready? Let’s go!

DIY Moon and Stars Pumpkins

I always like to incorporate hand drawn shapes into my projects, so these pumpkins feature a quirky crescent moon and cute little stars that I cut by hand using my favorite Orange-handled Scissors – which just celebrated their 50th anniversary! (Did you catch the Matisse-inspired garland that I made to celebrate??) For those of you with little helpers at home that are anxious to help out, they can cut a few hand drawn stars using Fiskars Kids Scissors! I made the rest of the stars using the Fiskars Star Thick Materials Shape Punches and mixed them with the hand cut shapes. I love the idea of having one big pumpkin with the crescent moon surrounded by lots of little pumpkins with tiny hologram foil stars!

DIY Moon and Stars Pumpkins

I’m always drawn to black and white pumpkins for Halloween, but for these moon and star pumpkins I added dark navy blue and charcoal gray to the mix. I’m all about those non-traditional holiday color palettes! You can use faux pumpkins and/or real pumpkins for this tutorial (I used both), but the hologram foil is particularly striking against dark colors, so I’d recommend painting any real pumpkins with navy blue or black matte craft paint before applying the hologram foil stars.

DIY Moon and Stars Pumpkins

Supplies

Fiskars Original Orange-handled Scissors

Fiskars Kids Scissors (for those of you with little helpers!)

Fiskars Star Thick Materials Shape Punch in small, medium, and large

Hologram vinyl, hologram glitter self-adhesive sheets, and matte white vinyl

Pencil

Real or faux pumpkins

Matte craft paint and paintbrush

DIY Moon and Stars Pumpkins

DIY Moon and Stars Pumpkins

To make the DIY Moon and Stars Pumpkins:

Step 1. Paint your pumpkins using a matte craft paint in a dark color (like navy blue, charcoal gray, or black) and allow them to dry completely. If you like, you can also use faux black pumpkins and skip this step!

Step 2. Use a pencil to lightly sketch the shape of a crescent moon on the back of the white vinyl. The size of the crescent moon will vary depending on the size of your pumpkin, but my crescent moon was just over 5″ tall on an 8″ tall faux pumpkin. Use the Orange-handled Scissors to cut the crescent moon shape from the white vinyl.

Step 3. Use the Star Thick Materials Shape Punches to make lots of stars in varying sizes from the hologram vinyl and hologram glitter self-adhesive sheets. You can also punch some stars out of the matte white vinyl and add those to the mix!

A couple quick tips for punching the star shapes from the vinyl: I found it easiest to cut 3″ strips of vinyl from the roll using my Orange-handled Scissors, then punch the star shapes from those strips. When operating the punch, I had the best luck when the vinyl was facing up and I moved the blades really quickly. If you try to punch the vinyl too slowly, the vinyl can get stuck in the blades and create rough edges. Punching quickly creates nice clean edge lines!

Step 4. Use a pencil to draw some stars on the back of the hologram vinyl and glitter sheets, then cut those by hand using the Orange-handled Scissors. If you have little helpers, they can also cut out a few hand drawn stars using Fiskars Kids Scissors!

Step 5. Peel the protective backing off the white crescent moon and apply the vinyl shape to your largest pumpkin. Then peel the protective backing off the star shapes and apply them to your pumpkins one by one. Try to cluster a bunch of the smallest stars together and incorporate the larger stars in random patterns, just like you’d see in the night sky. For the smallest pumpkins, use only the smallest star shape and place them in a staggered line around the pumpkin. Continue placing stars (and punching new stars as needed) until you’ve covered all of your pumpkins!

DIY Moon and Stars Pumpkins

DIY Moon and Stars Pumpkins

DIY Moon and Stars Pumpkins

DIY Moon and Stars Pumpkins

Aaaaaah! These are so cute I can barely stand it! And so pretty when mixed with a few undecorated white (or even orange!) pumpkins. Add in some colorful fall flowers and you’re pretty much guaranteed to have the prettiest front porch on the block. Happy Halloween crafting!

p.s. Printable Halloween favor bags and a fun DIY eyeball Halloween door cover!

This post was created in partnership with Fiskars. All content and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make Oh So Beautiful Paper possible!

Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! We’ve had the most gorgeous week here in DC, and I got to chaperone my first field trip for Sophie’s kindergarten class on Monday! We went out to a farm in Virginia with a huge pumpkin patch and a bunch of fun things for kids to do. Sophie has 25 kids in her class, so it was a little bit chaotic, but a lot of fun. This weekend we’re planning to take Alice to the pumpkin patch (since she didn’t get to go on the field trip) and enjoy this gorgeous fall weather! But in the meantime…

Dallas Clayton #kindcomments Mural at Union Market in Washington, DC

Photo by me of the new Dallas Clayton #kindcomments Mural at Union Market here in DC

…a few links for your weekend!

I just bought this jacket and I’m already completely obsessed with it! And it’s currently 25% off!

Definitely going to try this DIY two-toned concrete vase project

Country Curtains is going out of business after 60 years, and I’m so sad. They make my absolute favorite thermal blackout roman shades – get some while you still can!

This velvet dress is perfect for the holidays!

Love the hologram foil edge on these business cards

The perfect fall bootie

MAKE: Pumpkin donuts with maple glaze and toasted coconut

 

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Weekend project alert! Make these DIY Matisse-inspired pumpkins

Have you tried the new recycled cotton business cards from MOO? They’re perfect for bright colors and illustrations!

Fun and modern color blocked geometric wedding invitations

Black and white wedding stationery inspiration

 

That’s it for me this week. I’ll see you all back here on Monday! xoxo

DIY Matisse-Inspired Pumpkins

With two little kids in the house, our Halloween tends to be more fun and colorful – less creepy and scary. So today I’m sharing a Halloween pumpkin tutorial inspired by fine art! The idea for these pumpkins came as I was making this Matisse-inspired paper garland a couple of weeks ago. The shapes are just so fun and colorful, I thought they would be great on Halloween pumpkins. These DIY Matisse-inspired pumpkins are super easy to make, and I’m sharing my template below so you can make your own!

DIY Matisse-Inspired Pumpkins

I love, love, love the way the colors pop against the white pumpkins, but they’re also great against black faux pumpkins or colorful painted pumpkins! The pink painted pumpkin is so sweet, don’t you think?

DIY Matisse-Inspired Pumpkins

I adapted the Matisse-inspired shapes that I originally created for the garland to work on a pumpkin, making them slightly smaller for large pumpkins and adding a set of smaller shapes to use on tiny pumpkins and mix with the larger size shapes for variety. And the shapes are really fun when mixed all together in a random pattern on the pumpkin! 

DIY Matisse-Inspired Pumpkins

The supplies for this project are pretty simple: you’ll need matte craft vinyl in a variety of colors (I used pink, orange, yellow, green, teal, purple, and white) and a Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore cutting machine. If you don’t have one of those machines, you can still use our template to trace the shapes onto the vinyl and cut the shapes out by hand – but it will go a LOT faster with a cutting machine. You can download our templates at the bottom of the post!

DIY Matisse-Inspired Pumpkins

To make the DIY Matisse-inspired pumpkins:

Step 1. Download our templates at the bottom of the post and use your Silhouette Cameo or Cricut to cut the shapes from each color of vinyl. You can do a colorful rainbow like I did (best if you’re doing a big group of pumpkins) or keep things simple with just one or two colors!

Step 2. Carefully peel individual shapes from the adhesive backing and apply to the pumpkin like a sticker. I found it easiest to start with some of the larger shapes randomly scattered around the pumpkin surface, then fill in with the smaller shapes as I went. I really didn’t have a plan, so you can totally just wing it! If you place a shape and then change your mind, you should be able to move it by very carefully peeling the vinyl from the pumpkin and moving it to a new spot.

Step 3. Continue placing vinyl shapes until you’ve covered the entire pumpkin, and enjoy!

DIY Matisse-Inspired Pumpkins

DIY Matisse-Inspired Pumpkins

DIY Matisse-Inspired Pumpkins

DIY Matisse-Inspired Pumpkins

DIY Matisse-Inspired Pumpkins

So easy, right? And such a great way to add some color to your front porch for Halloween!

Download the templates below!

MATISSE-INSPIRED PUMPKIN TEMPLATE (Silhouette Studio file)

MATISSE-INSPIRED PUMPKIN TEMPLATE (SVG file)

p.s. DIY Iridescent Pumpkins and DIY Rainbow Halloween Treat Bags

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Color Blocked Geometric Wedding Invitations

Well, these color blocked geometric wedding invitations are a LOT of fun! Inspired by modern architecture, Meghan of And Here We Are came up with this fun geometric design that was letterpress printed in three colors to create the color block effect. Meghan added a vellum overlay with hand lettering and a subtle geometric print; another subtle reference to the architectural inspiration. Love!

Color Blocked Geometric Wedding Invitations by And Here We Are

From MeghanWe drew on inspirations from famous Mexican architecture for these modern, neon, letterpress printed, vellum overlaid, color-blocked, geometric wedding invitations.

Color Blocked Geometric Wedding Invitations by And Here We Are

I loved that Kate and Alec were inspired by travel and literature and film and visual arts when planning their Brooklyn wedding. The list of influences they cited when we started our project included Mexico City, Frieda Kahlo, Frank Stella, Alejandro Jodorowski, and Luis Barragan, among others. I looked through all these inspirational cues and started to try to find a way to mesh them together. As I collected visual samples of these artists, I got more and more excited about the colors and shapes in Barragan’s architectural work, which led me to this geometric design. I loved the way he layered colorful shapes in space, and was especially drawn to the staircases and the cut-outs in his shapes.

Color Blocked Geometric Wedding Invitations by And Here We Are

Since we were going to be letterpress printing, I really wanted to play with the idea of overprinting: overlapping print colors to create additional colors. Because they were collecting their RSVPs online, we were able to list an RSVP link on the main invitation card instead of including a second card; dropping the reply card freed up space in the budget to add a third ink color to the main card. We letterpress printed three colors (a teal, “millennial” pink, and a fluorescent highlighter yellow) strategically overlapped to create six colors overall. The type was knocked out from the color blocks to reveal the colors below for a really fun effect.

Color Blocked Geometric Wedding Invitations by And Here We Are

Being just one card, it was printed on the thickest paper possible to really give it some “oomph.” To fill out the package and to really play up the idea of overlapping and overprinting, I added a hand-lettered vellum top sheet printed with a subtle geometric pattern. The final touch was adding a colorful envelope liner to a bright pink envelope.

Color Blocked Geometric Wedding Invitations by And Here We Are

Thanks Meghan!

Invitation Design and Letterpress Printing: And Here We Are

And Here We Are is a member of the Designer Rolodex – see more of their beautiful work here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: And Here We Are

Black and White Wedding Stationery Inspiration

A black and white affair is always in style! Today we’re sharing some black and white wedding stationery inspiration, from crystal place cards to welcome signs and menus. See how you can incorporate this classic palette into any wedding! – Annie

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Black & White Wedding / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Don’t be afraid to mix typography styles. | via The Knot

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Black & White Wedding / Oh So Beautiful Paper

How amazing are these crystal place cards?! | Photography: Ashley Kelemen, Calligraphy: Betlem Calligraphy via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Black & White Wedding / Oh So Beautiful Paper

A graphic sign stands out, especially outdoors. | Photography: Jose Villa Photography, Event Planning: Cole Drake Events via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Black & White Wedding / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Minimalist table numbers won’t distract from the rest of your table. | Photography: Julien Bonjour Photographe, Wedding Stationery: Save the Date via Ruffled

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Black & White Wedding / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Black watercolor adds bohemian flair. | Photography: Cattura Weddings, Event Design: Heidi Chankin, Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Emily Rose Ink via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Black & White Wedding / Oh So Beautiful Paper

White escort cards really pop against a black wall. | Photography: Abby Jiu Photography, Event Planning & Coordination: Karson Butler Events, Escort Card Display: Backup Backdrops, Day of Paper: The Romance Between via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Black & White Wedding / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Love the combination of calligraphy and a geometric border. | Photography: EE Photography, Paper: Yuling Designs via Grey Likes Weddings

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Black & White Wedding / Oh So Beautiful Paper

These balloons would be fun for a photo booth! | Photography: Alex Lasota Photography, Event Design & Planning: Alex Lasota, Paper Goods: Grace Niu, Calligraphy: L Maria Calligraphy via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Black & White Wedding / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Gold frames double as favors. | Photography: Ashley Caroline Photography, Event Planning: Polka Dot Events via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Black & White Wedding / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Love the palm illustration at the top! | Photography: Eileen Meny Photography, Event Planning: Lindsey M Events, Paper Goods: Bonomo Paper Company, Calligraphy: Han Writing via Green Wedding Shoes

Anyone planning a classic black and white wedding? Let us know in the comments!