I have seen a lot of creative pumpkin decorating ideas using thumb tacks, and I started wondering if you could use nails the same way and create a string art project. I was worried that the nails wouldn't stick, and that they would fall out, or that the pumpkins would leak and ooze from the holes. Neither of these things ended out being a problem. It was so easy (and ridiculously fun) to hammer little nails all around the pumpkin.
What you need:
2. Nails (I used 1 inch nails)
3. Embroidery Thread
4. A Pumpkin
What you do:
1. Prepare your pumpkin. I chose one that was round shaped with a flat side. I used this flat side at the front so that the area with the string art wouldn't slope too much. You can try a lot of different shapes and textures for different looks.
2. Sketch your design in pencil. This would also be fun using colorful thread over a spray-painted pumpkin. I'm more of a fall person than a Halloween person, so I went with a simple design. I do like how the white thread looks subtly like a spider web.
3. Start hammering in your nails. Try to keep them evenly spaced, and sticking out of the pumpkin about the same amount. Avoid moving a nail, because it will create a hole that could leak. If you do have to, try filling the hole with some sort of clear glue or nail polish to keep it from leaking.
If you are following a pattern like mine, a round circle with a shape created with negative space, I found that it was best to just do two rows of nails. I spaced the outer nails further apart and the inner nails closer together.
4. Tie one end of your embroidery thread around a nail. Cut the extra piece as small as possible. I would also recommend that you secure the knot with some glue. Start wrapping the thread around the nails. You can try to create something of a pattern, or be completely random. You can just barely cover the area, or keep wrapping string until the whole area is almost completely covered. Tie a knot at the other end when you are done, and use glue to secure the knot and hide the little piece of extra string.
I love how it turned out, and now I want to make more string art pumpkins!
What creative no-carve ways have you used to decorate pumpkins?