Make your own paint pour pumpkin DIY

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Have you seen the latest trend in painting? Simply pouring paint on canvases is the latest big thing. I wanted to give a twist on this idea and make it a pumpkin instead…and the results were so, so fun!

I created this project for the Darby Smart app, watch the video above to see how easy it is to do this project, there’s literally NO skill involved to make this project. If you are looking for other fun projects like this one with the holidays coming up, download the Darby smart app and get inspired to create you own holiday DIYs for sell or gift-giving!

Here’s a pin you can save to keep this idea for next year!

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How To Paint Your Own Pennywise Pumpkin

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This Halloween season, Pennywise, from the movie IT is the go-to movie to see.  I’m seeing all kinds of articles on how you can rock this clown custom for Halloween 2017, but I thought I’d turn Pennywise into my kinda craft- a pumpkin, of course.  Let me just tell you, taking the above pic was pretty amusing.  Instead of scouting for models, I went scouting for gutters in my neighborhood. LOL. I think the end result turned out pretty sweet.  And fun fact, I’ve never seen this movie or the original that all my friends were scared of when I was a child of the 90’s.  I do recognize a viral character when I see it, and knew I had to get on the clown action.

What you’ll need:

– White medium-sized pumpkin
– Red, black, and white acrylic paints
– Tacky Glue
– Paintbrushes
– Red feather marabou boa
– Scissors

Before you begin:  I painted the off-white pumpkin with white acrylic paint to give the clown a more pale complexion.

Next pull up a pic of Pennywise for reference…I did my project freehand, but you can plot yours out with pencil if you’d like.

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I then painted my pumpkin as shown below…I started with a liner brush drawing the red on the lips, I then went back in around the lips adding outlines and shading.  Around the grin, I added lines to accentuate.

Next I drew the red lines that go from the grin to above the eyes. After I did that, I added in more additional shading detail and started to draw the eyes and frown lines.

I finished up the face with additional shading and red eyes. For finishing touches, I added some chin and face shape definition. Also clean up any messy details with white paint after everything has dried. My last step was to mix a little glue and paint to make faux cracks and gritty details to the forehead and face. The final step is to cut, then glue on the feather boa to the top of the pumpkin in a horseshoe fashion.

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This turned out pretty fun (and creepy).  When I get into the zone painting, I realize how much I enjoy it.

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Taking photos of this pumpkin may have been more fun than actually painting it.  For this one, I hid the pumpkin in some bushes and peeked through to get this shot.  Nothin’ quite like a creepy clown lurking in the shadows.

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And I thought the dead grass and wooden fence at sunset made for a nice backdrop as well.

Let me know what you think of my pumpkin and if it creeps you out.  And fun fact, I actually like clowns…I grew up with paintings of them in my room  as a toddler.  They were mainly the hobo and circus clowns type.  I don’t know if I should watch this movie or not and change my perception.

If you love this project, share it with your friends, and check out this cute stop motion video I did using the steps above to create this DIY project.  I made this little vid for the Darby Smart app! If you want ot make your own DIY vids easily using only your phone, give this app a try. Available now in the app store.

 

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DIY your own Tie Dye Binder

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Here’s a fun back to school DIY you can make to personalize your notebooks and binders. I used a tie dye binder for this project, but you can use other stencils (not just tie dye) to do this technique! Of course, the tie dye stencil I used for this is pretty rad (you can get it here). Let me show you how easy this DIY is to create from start to finish!

I made this project for the Darby Smart app. It’s a cool DIY app where you can film and edit your videos like I did here. They even have layover type that you see at the start of this video 🙂 Hop on over to the Apple iTunes store and download this app now and get started making your own videos!

Making your own Glowing Blacklight Slime

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Halloween is right around the corner and the blacklights are glowing bright! Scare up some fun for the kids (or the kids at heart) with a batch of glowing slime that shines brightest under blacklight. This slime only takes a few ingredients and will be the hit of the Halloween party!

What you need:
– Clear glue
– Neon glow paint
– Baking soda
– Saline solution
– Spoon and bowl for mixing

I created this project for Darby Smart, a DIY app you can download in the Apple iTunes app store. What makes this app so great is that you can shoot, edit, and post your own tutorial using the handy features in it! You can also follow my channel where I share more videos like this one and there’s a lot more artists in the app to discover as well.

DIY your own Pumpkin Slime and Jar

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If you’re planning a party this Halloween season for kids, this might be the perfect party gift they can make at the festivities and take home with them! In this tutorial (an exclusive I made for the Darby Smart app), I show you how to make the slime and the container in some super easy steps!

Here’s what you’ll need:
– Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
– Baking Soda
– Orange Food Coloring
– Saline Solution
– Orange Glitter
– Green Multi-surface paint
– Small Mason Jar
– Black Puffy Paint
– Paintbrush

Watch the video below to see all the steps!

I did this tutorial for Darby Smart, where they partner with cool companies like Retail me Not to bring cool DIY videos to the masses. You can see more videos on the Darby Smart app from more awesome creators. Download it here and watch some cool videos and make your own.

How to make your own Pizza Bank

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True story: When I was in college, I remember scrambling up change to pay for a Papa John’s Pizza. I know it had to be REALLY annoying to the pizza guy when he showed up and was paid in quarters, dimes and nickels. So in the spirit of this, I created this funny pizza bank so you can store your change (and maybe some dollars) inside to save up for that next delivery. Watch the video below to see how you make it…

What you need:
– Old cleaning wipes container
– Puffy paint in pizza colors (yellow, red, gold, green, black)

If you like this simple tutorial, I share more on the Darby Smart app, which you can download now in the app store. Check out my channel and more creative designers on the app -and- make your own videos too!

How to Make Slime Tumbler Cup

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Since slime has trended up big this past year, you’ve probably seen all kinds of versions, from crunchy slime to galaxy slime to unicorn slime.  I decided to take slime to the next level by putting it inside a double-walled tumbler.  So you can tote around your slime with your fave drink and take it out to play whenever you want.

What you’ll need:
– Double-walled plastic tumbler
– Clear Gel Glue
– Lots of glitter and sequins in color of your choice
– Food coloring
– Saline Solution
– Baking Soda
– Spoon

I created this tutorial for Darby Smart, the makers of Darby app, an app you can get in the Apple iTunes store.  This app has thousands of DIY tutorials to inspire you and I have a channel on it where I share more fun videos like this.  See my tutorial below and go download the app so you can watch more!

Pin the tutorial below to save to make later and be sure to share this with your friends.

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DIY your own Slime Notebook

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If you’re obsessed with slime and want to take it to the next level, make this slime notebook and be the coolest kid in the class! Fill your notebook with your fave type of slime and give yourself something to do to stay occupied.

Supplies needed:
Notebook
Clear pencil case
– 8 ounces of Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
– 1 tablespoon baking soda
– Tablespoon
– Spoon for mixing
– 1 tablespoon saline solution
– Glitter in your choice of colors
Food coloring that matches the colors of your glitters
Glue gun and glue sticks
Clear packing tape or duck tape
– Paper, glue, and scissors to cover your notebook

Instructions:
1. In a large bowl, mix 8 ounces of Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue with 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Mix thoroughly.

2. Mix in 1 tablespoon of saline solution until slime forms.

3. Divide the slime into three small bowls.

4. Add a drop of food coloring into each bowl of slime.

5. Add coordinating color of glitter into each bowl and mix.

6. Cover your notebook in white cardstock.

7. Apply glue all around the edges of the front of your notebook. Immediately press the plastic pencil case onto the front.

8. Wrap the pencil case around the bottom and to inside cover.

9. Place slime inside the pencil case and spread around with your hand.

10. Close pencil case up and use tape to secure to inside cover.

11. Decorate spine with additional ribbon or washi tape if desired.

Now it’s time to show off your creation. All of your friends are going to ask you to make them one too…I think you should totally charge for it. LOL!

If you like this video, check out more of my project on the Darby Smart app, you can download it in the iTunes store.

DIY your own Mother’s Day Card with Bubble Painting

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I love crafty experiments. I love pop culture. So let’s just say I LOVE to combine my passions into my crafts. For this month’s Darby Smart video project, I was given a challenge to create a Mother’s Day DIY, so I tried my hand at bubble painting and layered on stickers and some celebrity cutouts!

For this project, you will need just a few supplies…

– Acrylic Paint
– Water
– Dish soap
– Plastic of paper straw
– Paper cups
– Cardstock
– Stickers
– Markers
– Scissors
– Digital printouts or magazine cuttings of celebs

Simply mix one part water to one part paint in a paper cup. Squeeze in a little bit of dish soap, then blow into the mixture using a straw to make the bubbles start flowing out. Get the bubble effect on paper by either placing the cardstock directly onto the bubbles or scooping them up using a spoon. Continue making bubbles on your paper until your desired look is achieved.

I applied black stickers to my card that I purchased at Michaels, but you use paint or markers to write a message of your choice. Use Aleene’s Tacky Glue or double stick tape to apply your celebrity image. Of course,you don’t have to use a celebrity cutout, that’s just how I roll. Do whatever floats your boat!

For more of my DIY videos like this, follow me on the Darby App. You can download it now in the app store. You can even make your own videos using the app and create your own channel to curate and share your own vids.

Join the Darby Smart app + 10 cute canvas art ideas

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I’m so excited to share that I’ve been made a Darby Smart host for the next year, where I’ll be sharing tons of video content on their official Darby Smart app.  If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, visit the app store and download it and take a peek.  It’s a nifty little app where you can watch quick and snappy DIY videos from tons of talented creators + upload and make your own!  I’m very impressed with all the cool tools they’ve been creating for the app!  My favorite parts of it are the rainbow type tool and ability to speed up and rearrange your video clips so easily!

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Since Vine is officially dead (R.I.P.), this app has taken over that space for me and I’ve uploaded about 20 videos so far…a lot of them are exclusive to the Darby Smart app, but I’ve also curated a lot of of my own Vine footage into cute little videos like the one below showing how to make 10 clever canvas DIYs.  Take a look and I encourage you to follow me over on the Darby app where you can stay updated when I post my latest DIY video.  Every month as a Darby host, I’ll be uploading videos for the season.  I will try to post them here for you to view too, but the Darby app is where you’ll see them first!