what you'll need:
fall accents/leaves-silk, pls don't use anything from your back yard ;o)
1/2 Styrofoam ball(i like using the balls because it gives the flowers more height)
wooden dowel or pencil
battery operated tea light
using the utility knife, i started by cutting off the top of the pumpkin--like you would do when yo carve a real pumpkin. it makes it easier to hold them, they can be slippery!! i found a font that i liked and printed the three letters i needed(making the middle-last name-letter slightly bigger). tape the letters onto the pumpkin. i was able to get away with printing them all on one page, but you could do them individually--that actually may be easier!! use a tack or pin to poke around the outline of the letters. the holes were a little hard to see, so i carefully traced around them with a sharpie. *here's where hubby may come in handy* i am too cheap to buy an embossing gun-or whatever it is that they try to sell for carving these craft pumpkins. i'm not sure which tool he used...possibly a dremel...i'll find out and update this when he wakes up ;o). he cut out the letters for me...its best to choose a chunkier font, hubby had a hard time getting around some of the tight curls. hey-trial and error, right? also make a small hole in the bottom of the pumpkin...just big enough to fit the candle in snugly. now its time for the fun part!! cut a piece of Styrofoam to just fit the opening. squeeze it in and hot glue to secure. now, start poking your flowers in. i used a pencil to "pre drill" a hole. it made it easier for the stem to go in. once your flowers are in, you can start using your accents and leaves as fillers. if there is any Styrofoam showing, i glued a leaf over it! the last touch was an outline of glitter glue around the letters. there was still a little sharpie showing, and that took care of it! once everything is dry and secure, squeeze the little tea light in, turn on, and enjoy!!
i hope these directions made sense! i've never done a step by step to anything i've done(my first were the wreaths and garlands in another post) usually, i just wing it!! haha
so here they are...
i want to make some for myself this year. i have to wait until they go on sale, they can be expensive! also, instead of cutting the monogram out, i may just sharpie it on there! we'll see!!