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My #StickorTreat Witchy Pumpkin {featuring Duck Tape®}

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It's finally October!!!  This happens to be my favorite month of the year -- not just because it's my birth-month, but for so many reasons!!  It starts to cool off in the evenings here, which is heavenly after 5 straight months of 100+ degrees, and oh, the fall baking.  It's my favorite -- pumpkin everything!  October is also when it is finally OK to bring out the Halloween decorations!!  I am super excited to share my latest addition to our Halloween decor with you today.

I always see the bright and beautiful Duck Tape® display at my local craft store and my brain starts to race with ideas for fun things I could create.  I especially like the Halloween patterns that are out right now.  After wandering around the store for more than a few minutes trying to settle on one idea, I found these great green pumpkins and I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to create -- a Witchy Pumpkin!

You will need:

one pumpkin {real or fake, orange or other colored -- totally up to you.}

one paper mache witch's hat to decorate

two rolls of coordinating Duck Tape®

a crow, coordinating ribbon, feathers -- whatever your heart desires!

a hot glue gun


Step One:  Cover your witch's hat in Duck Tape®.  I don't have any pictures of this step because I needed all my hands to keep the tape from creasing and/or sticking to itself.  Just be patient and take it one strip at a time until  the whole thing is covered.  Don't forget the bottom of the brim, too.  {Sorry.}

Step Two:  Create a large bow using your coordinating Duck Tape® and various ribbons.

To begin, I made strips of Duck Tape® "ribbon" by placing two same-length pieces of tape sticky side together, lining up the edges as well as possible.  You'll need 4 tape "ribbons" about 12-14 inches long to make a bow like mine.  With 3 of your strips, fold the ends into the center, overlapping by about an inch, and cut out triangle notches as shown.  This will allow you to shape your bow when you're finished. 

Now cut your other ribbons in various lengths and stack them all up with your tape bow loops, matching up centers.  Lay your last strip of tape "ribbon" flat in the back of your stack to form the tails of your bow.  Take a small piece of thin ribbon and tie it around the center of your stack, securing the bow together.

From the front gently arrange the tape loops and ribbon pieces by twisting and moving them until the bow becomes full and fluffy as shown below.  Be patient -- it takes some time.

Once you have your bow the way you like it, use your hot glue gun to attach it to the witch's hat.  Situate the crow on the brim of the hat so that it sits behind the bow and hot glue that on, too.

Step Three:  Create an accordion rosette to place at the top of the hat. 

Once I had attached my bow and crow, the hat still seemed a little unfinished.  I made one more Duck Tape® ribbon just like I did for the bow, then cut it in half length-wise to make it narrower. Follow these directions to make an accordion rosette.  Once I had created the rosette, I flattened it with the palm of my hand and cut a circle of Duck Tape® for the center.  I used a small strip of tape to attach it to the point of the witch's hat.

To finish up, I secured the hat to my pumpkin with a few dabs of hot glue.  I LOVE how my Witchy Pumpkin turned out!!

Are you a pumpkin decorating diva who loves Duck Tape®?!  You should totally enter the Duck Tape® Stick or Treat Contest !   All you have to do to enter is submit an image of a Halloween pumpkin (real or fake) decorated with Duck Tape®! The contest is already running and wraps up on October 31st. The winners will be announced on November 11th.

You could win one of these fabulous prizes:
First Place: $1,000 and a Cricut Mini® Personal Electronic Cutter
Second Place: $500
Third Place: $300

Follow  Duck Tape® on Twitter {@TheDuckBrand} for tons of creative inspiration.  Now go!  Make your Duck Tape® pumpkin, enter the Stick or Treat Contest™ and then leave a comment on this post linking me to your finished pumpkin! I can't wait to see what y'all come up with.

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