The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

Make a leather studded punk Pumpkin for Halloween. (“Mom…? Why did you make an S&M pumpkin…?”)

Um, excuse me!?  First of all, where did you hear about S&M…???!!!  Second, it is NOT an S&M pumpkin… It’s a Punk-In.  Some black paint, leather, studs and safety pins are all you need to add a punk edge to your Halloween decor.

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Actually, it doesn’t feel as punk as it does sort of Edward Scissorhands to me…
I think I am on a bit of a Dollar Store Pumpkin roll at the moment.  I made a plaid flannel covered pumpkin using an old shirt, so I thought I’d make a Punk Pumpkin using a faux snakeskin belt, safety pins and little brads for scrapbooking.

1. I started out with a $1 pumpkin and a $3 belt from Goodwill…

2. Take a seam ripper and separate the top, faux layer of “snakeskin” from the rest of the belt.

3. Spray the pumpkin with primer, then with black paint.  Cut the material from the belt into thin strips.  Then cut them into pieces so that they are long enough to run from the base of the stem to the bottom of the pumpkin.

4. Count the indentations/vertical grooves in the pumpkin.  Mine had 11.  I took safety pins and put them through the 11 strips.  (The remaining strips were set aside for embellishments and the stem.) Some were placed kind of randomly, but I made sure that each strip would have at least one pin that would hit right on that cheesy little line in the middle of the pumpkin. (Where it was molded in the Dollar Tree factory…)

5. For each strip, put a bead of hot glue at the base of the stem and line it up so that it is in the little indentation on the pumpkin.

6. Do not secure the bottoms yet.

7. Take the extra strips of the belt and glue one end so that it attaches to the pumpkin under one of the vertical strips.

8. At random cris-crossing angles, “weave” the extra strip over and under the vertical, safety pin strips.

9. Place a small piece of the belt across the top of the stem, then wrap and glue a longer piece around the circumference of the stem.

I had planned to leave the strips and safety pins “as is”

…but it still seemed like it needed something.

Fortunately, I am a compulsive clearance rack shopper and about a year ago I bought a bunch of these tiny little scrapbooking brads that were priced to move at .60 cents for a huge pack.
(I am not a scrapbooker, but I’ve learned to trust my instincts when it comes to buying something without knowing what I will do with it…)

I took an ice-pick (I felt sooo Halloween-ish!) and poked little pilot holes in the pumpkin and just pushed the brads right in.

I am pretty dang happy with the end result.

I like it!  I think for the next pumpkin, I will do one in white with the black strips and safety pins…

But for now I need to go find out where my kid managed to hear about S&M…

Weekend Bloggy Reading
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Sheer Serendipity said...

September 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm
This is such a cute idea, I love it!

Shelley said...

September 15, 2011 at 12:38 pm
Bahhhh hahahaha!!!! That is flippin hilarious :D The pumpkin is pretty bad to the bone though!

Tres Chere said...

September 15, 2011 at 12:45 pm
OMG! I love this idea. This is awesome and hilarious!

THIS IS ME....ONLINE said...

September 15, 2011 at 1:49 pm
And the prize for the coolest mom goes to.....Vivenne!

Maggie @ Midwestern {Sewing} Girl said...

September 15, 2011 at 1:56 pm
Honestly, Viv...your creativity never ceases to amaze me. This is soooo cool!

Maddie Kertay- The Domestic Anarchist said...

September 15, 2011 at 2:32 pm
Viv, I think we might need to start talking about an intervention for you.


Pamela said...

September 15, 2011 at 2:41 pm
HAHAHA hysterical!

Very unique idea, but seriously your post just made me giggle

Pamela @

Silverfaerie said...

September 15, 2011 at 2:41 pm
This is so cute, but what your little one called it is perfect! I think you should keep the S&M Pumpkin description to be honest.

Do you mind if I link up to this post on my blog?

Crystal said...

September 15, 2011 at 2:51 pm
Hahaha! I LOVE it! Girl! You have got the creative juices flowing! Loving all your pumpkins! :)

Andrea @Oasis Accents said...

September 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm
Viv, you are definitely on a DT pumpkin roll. Can't wait to see what you come up with next! I would definitely say this is Edward Scissorhands-esque. Neato!!

Amber said...

September 15, 2011 at 3:55 pm
Definitely feeling the Edward Scissorhands vibe.

I could've used this last year when my day care wanted me to decorate a pumpkin! I couldn't think of anything fun to do!!

MiMi said...

September 15, 2011 at 4:24 pm
Seriously, the S&M and the PUNK-in comments are funny!!!
This is a great and weird idea, and I love it!

Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

September 15, 2011 at 4:32 pm
Looks awesome and very Alexander McQueen...Great job...And yes...Where did your child here the term S&M from?? lol

Blessings Kelsie

Sheri Braaksma said...

September 15, 2011 at 4:37 pm
Very unique - funny I am supposed to be working so was just quickly scrolling thru and the S&M thot was in my head so scrolled back up and ahha in the title. Need more coffee. And I would guess Rihanna's song for your daughter's knowledge. Heard song and googled it. I was mortified with that song not because I'm a prude but because her fans are really young girls. But we won't go there. Great job and beyond unique!!!

Jenna, SAS Interiors said...

September 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm
Love the Punk Pumpkin, Viv! And ya, where did your boys learn about S&M? ha!! Great and very cute idea!


Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

September 15, 2011 at 5:01 pm
Your pumpkin turned out awesome! Very unique. And good luck finding out where your son heard S&M. It's kind of crazy where kids heard the most random things.

Prudently Painted Vintage said...

September 15, 2011 at 6:29 pm
haha! S&M!

Very cool pumpkin :)

Shannon Fox said...

September 15, 2011 at 11:57 pm
Well you have TWO pumpkin "looks' down. Sweet & Sassy ;) You are way ahead of me. It's still sunny in Oregon and I hate to rush Fall (as much as Halloween is my fav holiday) so I am putting it off a little. I know I'll be hauling all my stuff out soon enough. Thanks for your kind help BTW. Very, very appreciated =)

Shawn said...

September 16, 2011 at 12:07 am
When you're done displaying your PUNK-in you can store it in the closet next to the handcuffs and whips!

Emmy said...

September 16, 2011 at 12:12 am
You are having way too much fun with those $ store pumpkins :). Seriously another awesome creation.

SueAnn said...

September 16, 2011 at 11:32 am
That is the coolest pumpkin ever!!!!
So steampunk!! Perfect!

Sylvanfire said...

September 16, 2011 at 12:17 pm
This is AWESOME!! I am TOTALLY going to have to do this! So many awesome pumpkin ideas I have now... I am also going to have to share this with some friends!!!

Keep Creating!
Angie @ Artsy You

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

September 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm
Here I have been spraying pumpkins white for the wedding party next weekend and you are doing the black thing. Your boys definitely have the coolest Mom on the block!

Candace @ Candace Creations said...

September 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm
haha awesome!

come link up tomorrow at scrappy saturdays!

L'Heure Bleue At Home said...

September 16, 2011 at 4:08 pm
Such a cool and unusual idea! I love it!

craftytexasgirls said...

September 16, 2011 at 6:20 pm
That's pretty cool! I love Edward Scissorhands :)

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

September 16, 2011 at 7:15 pm
Edward would definitely approve ( I love that movie). This is so awesome Viv. Just love it. Thanks for sharing at this week's BFF Open House!

Pamma said...

September 17, 2011 at 12:00 am
Such a funny, great idea! Just had to comment...thanks for the giggle.

KM @ This Plate is Full said...

September 17, 2011 at 12:37 am
hahah! Love it! add a mohawk!
Thanks for the smile today!

Giggles and Grins said...

September 17, 2011 at 7:52 am
Too funny! I found your blog from the Be Differnt show and tell.

Jayna Rae said...

September 17, 2011 at 3:23 pm
I am in LOVE with this punkin! My Monster says, "That is so nice for you." He really liked it too, clearly. The brads make perfect pyramid studs.

OhioMomPatriot said...

September 17, 2011 at 5:01 pm
This is perfect! It is so fun to make different pieces! Thanks for sharing!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

September 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm
This cracked me up! So clever of you. Such an outside of the box alternative to a plain orange pumpkin.

Kelli @ The Turquoise Piano said...

September 18, 2011 at 4:34 am
Ha! Totally S&M! I love it!

Michelle said...

September 18, 2011 at 4:51 am
Totally different and oh so creative. You seriously rock!

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

September 18, 2011 at 5:51 am
YOUR TO FUNNY! great piece

abeachcottage said...

September 18, 2011 at 11:36 am
You are so creative! and it kinda looks like edward scissorhands-sy :) Looks great and very unique!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

September 18, 2011 at 5:05 pm
I think your kids are awesome. They always say the funniest things! I think your PUNK-in turned out fabulously, Viv. :) Thanks for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. :)

ferrellgraph-x said...

September 18, 2011 at 9:25 pm
Ha I just may have to make my own Punk-in too! thanks for the fabulous inspiration!
Kindest regards,

Cafe said...

September 19, 2011 at 5:25 pm
How funny!!!

I too suggest checking out Rihanna's song...S&M (or video on Youtube). That might be where they got it from.

Just Jaime said...

September 19, 2011 at 11:53 pm
This is so funny!

Melody ♪♫ said...

September 20, 2011 at 2:03 am
So clever! I just had to "pin" it!

Condo Blues said...

September 20, 2011 at 2:35 am
LOL! I love it!

moonsword said...

September 20, 2011 at 3:16 pm
Ha!...Screamingly Brilliant!
Perfect for my Stepford Wifey neighborhood...definitely needs some punkin' out for Halloween. ;)
I found you through TCB...cheers!

Cindi @ Rustique Art said...

September 22, 2011 at 2:29 am
pretty dang cute and clever! so Mom, where did your little angel hear about S&M...that is too stinkin funny. and great content for another blog post.

Found you through the Shabby Creek link party.


Good Time Charlie said...

September 22, 2011 at 5:34 am
This is so darn clever. I can think of all kinds of ways to do this. I am going to be a Punk Rocker for Halloween, I think the Punkin will be accessory!

Johnnie said...

September 22, 2011 at 10:36 am
Vivienne, this is great! I love how your mind works. Pin, stumble, FB...

Bohemian said...

September 24, 2011 at 2:35 am
Loving your Punk-in!

Dawn... The Bohemian

Leone said...

September 29, 2011 at 12:48 am
Now this I LOVE! My (hidden) punk heart needs this. Must do this - my family will think I've gone round the bend. Ha!

Susan / PaperCrafter's Corner said...

September 30, 2011 at 12:05 pm
I love this! Awesome! I am going to feature this over at my site for our "Fun Friday" today. Look for it later today :) Love it!!

wendyp said...

September 30, 2011 at 7:53 pm
lol! That is awesome!!!

Vicky M. said...

October 2, 2011 at 9:16 pm
add steam and what would you have?....a 'Steam-Punkin' - love it - very unique and creative.

Sheilla said...

October 2, 2011 at 10:54 pm
Love the Punk IN. That is just too clever! Sheilla@

Finding Home said...

October 4, 2011 at 1:17 pm
L.O.V.E. - too fun, and even better the S&M comment! Great job, thanks for sharing. Take care, Laura

Rhissanna said...

October 5, 2011 at 6:12 pm
I love this! And I see the Edward Scissorhands connection. I actually thought it was a Steampunk pumpkin.

Oh, and as for S&M, I always mix a bowl of Skittles and M&Ms at Halloween for the grown ups....

Bliss said...

March 23, 2012 at 7:33 pm
Stopped over from Fox Hollow to look at another of your projects and saw this so just had to say LOL!!!


Laura said...

October 11, 2014 at 3:10 pm
This is so cute!! Just wanted to let you know that I linked to this post from my blog roundup of no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas. Thanks for sharing!!

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