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DON’T MISS JEN’S INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN SILHOUETTE PUMPKIN BELOW!
If you have lived in the desert at any point during the pumpkin carving season, you know that once you plunge your little plastic saw into its flesh the time starts ticking. Most people will wait until days before Halloween to avoid their hard work from melting into the pavement before the big night.
Here is one option to enjoy your pumpkins for longer (no carving!) and be able to do something cool no one else is doing!)
* A profile shot of your subject. Preferably looking straight to the side (profile). I printed out a photo after converting the colors to B&W (This saves ink and sharpens features). The more detail, the more the end product will look like your subject.
* Scotch tape
* Adhesive vinyl (I used black, but I think other colors would work too but you might not get that classic jack o’ lantern feel).
I got this roll from amazon for $12 (no shipping since I have Prime, but I have enough here to make maybe 30 pumpkins). I also saw some places selling single sheets for much cheaper. This is the one I purchased, and I am quite happy with it
Take your scotch tape and roll a few pieces to the back of your photo, making sure to tape where you will not be cutting.
Tape the photo to the vinyl and trim excess.
I like to start by cutting a rough area around the subject, so I am free to get as close as possible without a lot of excess paper around my hands.
The best trick to get into those tight details is to turn the paper in your hand, NOT try to lead with the scissors. I know its hard to tell by these shots, so I made a gif that will hopefully show it better
Carefully remove the paper from the vinyl
Separate the vinyl from the backing and peel it off completely. The vinyl is very forgiving (unlike duct tape or contact paper) and will peel away from itself and other surfaces easily.
I started with the face, smoothing it over the pumpkin. Because you are putting a flat material on a curved surface, you will have creases. I wanted to make sure the face was as consistent as possible.