Carving Jack O’ Lanterns is a Halloween tradition, and it can be lots of fun, but it also has its downsides. If you live in a warmer, wetter part of the country (or if you hit a warm spell), your poor pumpkin will go soggy in a few days. No one likes an oozing, squishy pumpkin on their front porch!
If you want to decorate your porch with something festive without inviting sticky stains, mold, and an unpleasant smell, then consider making a fake pumpkin. (No, it’s not sacrilege. You already have a fake Christmas tree!)
Here’s how to do it:
- Order a small quantity of metal mesh screen from Lawrence Sintered Metals.
- When the screen arrives, use pliers to shape the metal into a pumpkin shape. Make sure to cut off a section to use as the stem!
- Use the pliers to connect the seams of the metal.
- Cover the body of the pumpkin in orange felt that you can buy at your local hobby shop. Alternatively, you can wrap the shape in orange ribbon or even use orange deco mesh.
- Cut out black felt into eyes and a mouth and glue it onto the pumpkin to create a face.
- If you really want to get fancy, add LED lights around the eyes and mouth so that it will light up at night!
- Shape the leftover metal screen mesh into a stem and connect to the pumpkin with pliers.
Ta-da! You have a sturdy, long-lasting Jack O’ Lantern! Making these guys can be a great family activity.
For companies who need wire mesh to sell for products for seasonal use, the wire mesh can be produced in large quantities. Call Lawrence Sintered Metals for a quote and make sure that you plan for lead time on the manufacturing.