Black cats and Jack O'Lanterns; the purr-fect combination for a
Victorian Halloween Pumpkin Ornament. This ornament is so simple to
make from four basic ingredients. Start with a charming
vintage image of a black cat in a pumpkin. Add a foamcore
disk, some black and orange tinsel garland, and a black satin hanging
With a large piece of foamcore board and a single
garland, you can literally turn out dozens of these for your Halloween
tree, your windows, your door, and all around the house. Great little
topper for a gift of candy, too.
Like our Halloween
Witch Ornament, this Halloween Pumpkin Ornament is a very
versatile design that can lend
itself to ornaments for
There are two secrets to the construction. The
first secret is - keep this between us -
foamcore board. The other secret is printing two mirror-image vintage
illustrations for the front and back. We give them to you, ready to be
printed, but if you start making your own designs, start with two
identical copies of your image and "flip" one of them with your
Tinsel garland, 2" thick. We used garland that
was black and orange, but solid black or any coordinated color will
work (see Tips).
Ribbon, 3/8" wide and 24" long, black.
Foam mounting tape or squares.
Craft knife (for cutting foamcore board) (see Tips).
Self-healing cutting mat.
Print the vintage
images on matte photo paper. Trim them carefully with small scissors.
Cut a 1 3/4" circle
from foamcore board. Glue the foamcore circle in the center of the back
of the pumpkin on one image. Apply glue to the foamcore circle,
position the other trimmed image exactly over the reversed image and
press until the glue is dry (see Tips).
Cut a 6" length of tinsel garland. Apply craft
glue to the edge of the foamcore circle between the paper cutouts.
Starting at the top of the ornament, push the tinsel garland between
the paper cutouts into the glue on the foamcore disk, circling
the foamcore, ending at the top. Press under a book and let the glue
Tie the ends of the ribbon together in a
knotted bow to form a loop. With the bow at one end of the loop,
insert the other end of the loop between the back to
back images of the cat.
Cut three or four 3/8" squares of foam mounting
tape and stick them together in a block (they should equal the
thickness of the 3/16" foamcore board). With the hanging
ribbon pressed down into the tinsel garland, place the mounting-tape
cube behind the cat's head, and press the heads together to secure.
Fluff up the tinsel garland again, and you should have the ribbon
looped under the mounting tape and ready to hang.
Boo! A Halloween Pumpkin Ornament. This
combination of picture, shape, tinsel and
ribbon is pure Victorian, and you could fool someone into thinking it
is a genuine artifact. Now rummage through your collection of
vintage images and whip up some more instant antiques (see Tips)!
Foamcore board, or foam board, is a material
constructed of an inner layer of polystyrene foam sandwiched between
two layers of heavy paper. We used black (black paper on black foam)
but this project will work as well with any color.
Cutting foamcore board is tricky. Do not use
scissors, because they will crush the edge as you
cut. Use a long-blade craft knife or a micro-saw.
At Halloween time, it is possible to find
tinsel garland in Halloween colors, like black or black and orange. If
not, be bold and raid your Christmas decoration box. Gold or
silver garland will work just fine, or you might find other unusual
colors that coordinate with your vintage image.
Once we glued the two images back to back,
sandwiching the foamcore circle between them, we could see that the
white paper back would show between the cat's heads. That's
what marking pens are for. With a non-bleeding black marking
pen we colored the backs of the cat's heads for a professional touch.
When looking for other vintage images for these
ornaments, here are the qualities you want:
well-defined shapes are the best, like
circles or other geometrics.
avoid images with words, because when the
image is flipped on the back of the ornament, the words will be
reversed as well.
if you find an irregular shaped picture you
like, trim it with the background into a circle or oval, or cut out the
figure and glue it to a geometric shaped background paper. We
did this with a flying witch, and glued it to a yellow full-moon image
for a great composite picture. Remember, you can resize