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Carve the Perfect Pumpkin This Halloween

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Crafts & Drafts’ Ananda Neureither shares her tips.

By Ananda Neureither

Crafts & Drafts, a mobile events company, is Austin’s favorite new source for getting artsy. Founder Ananda Neureither began teaching classes in 2015 as a way to share her love of making and creating with other adults in a fun and lively setting. Today, Crafts & Drafts offers more than a dozen different craft projects, like clock making and wine glass painting, at a variety of venues throughout town, including breweries and restaurants. No experience is required, so join in and get those creative juices flowing!

To give you a little taste of a Crafts & Drafts class, here are the step-by-step directions for how to make one of Crafts & Drafts’ most popular Halloween projects. Gather your supplies, put on your favorite Halloween movie and get crafty!

Materials:

  • craft pumpkin (These can be found at any craft store.)
  • pumpkin-carving tools
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • wire cutters
  • tacky glue or hot glue
  • black marker
  • stencil
  • decorations, like fake spiders and spiderwebs

Directions:

  1. Cut out the stencil and trace it onto the pumpkin.
  2. Carve out the design.
  3. Use a black marker to color the white foam around the edge of the cut, if desired.
  4. Poke a small hole in the top of the pumpkin in front of and close to the stem. Thread the skull’s string through the hole, tie a knot and use glue to secure the hanging skull.
  5. Stretch and wrap the spider webbing around the pumpkin where you want it. You can’t really glue all of it without making a mess, so use some glue on a few major points of the webbing to help hold it in place.
  6. Glue a few spiders to the pumpkin.
  7. Let the pumpkin sit so the glue can dry, then proudly display it for Halloween.

Make this pumpkin decoration on your own or join one of the Crafts & Drafts classes and make one with with new friends. Check out the calendar on the Crafts & Drafts website, crafts-drafts.com, to see when your favorite projects are scheduled, or contact Crafts & Drafts at atx@crafts-drafts.com to book a private party.

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