Justin and I are REALLY hoping we get a few trick-or-treaters this Halloween. Unfortunately, we live on a tiny dead end street that's off the beaten path...so it's definitely possible that no little ones will venture down here. But if they do I want our porch to look welcoming....so I gussied it up in the spirit of the season.
I got some really beautiful pinky purple mums and a couple of ornamental cabbages. I love the purples and minty greens with the bright orange of the pumpkins.
I decided to stick with that color palette for my Picasso inspired jack-o-lanterns.
I ended up painting them with screenprinting ink because I happened to have some lying around the house...but I doubt it's waterproof...so I gave them a good coat of matte varnish. Hopefully, now they will be able to withstand the elements.
The only part I actually carved out are the eyes. I LOVE the way they look all lit up at night.
I took Martha's advice and used a strand of twinkle lights wrapped around a jar to light the inside of the pumpkin. It's much brighter than a candle...and I won't be quite as worried about burning the house down.
We finished off the porch by hanging up some colored globe lights in orange, pinky-purple, and clear.
They make the front of the house look a zillion times happier. Justin and I are kinda tempted to leave them up year round.