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Are you ready for Fall?  Most of us aren’t, because we know what follows, that bad four-letter word called SNOW!  Brrrr!  We can’t avoid it, it’s coming, but we can still enjoy our Fall and all the fun decorating that you can do. 

Here is a fun outdoor decorating idea that you can create to light up your front porch, or use next to your fire pit on those cold Fall nights.  Start saving some metal cans from coffee or beans to create these adorable metal Jack-O-Lantern Luminaries! 

Here’s what you will need to start your project:

Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Primer – Gray (#51318)
Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint – Black (#51601)
Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint – Pumpkin Orange (#52411)
Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint – Tuscan Sunset (#53535)
Krylon Fluorescent Paint – Yellow-Orange (#3102)
Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic – Clear (#1303)
Assorted clean metal cans (models made using 1–2 lb. coffee cans)
Awl and wooden mallet
One ½” flat brush
Votive candle (one per pumpkin)
19 gauge steel wire, darkened anneated (approx. 1½–2½ ft. per pumpkin)
*Please Note: Inside of can has rough edges. Do not let children play with these.

Sponges (slightly dampen before use)
Paper plate
Drop cloth

Fill can to ¾” from top with water. Freeze.
Use a permanent marker to draw pumpkin face on can. Carefully punch holes along marked line, 1/8″– ¼” apart, using awl and mallet. Punch two holes for handle at top. NOTE:  The ice inside the can helps to hold it’s shape while you punch holes.

Thaw ice and remove from can. Wipe dry.

Spray inside and outside of can with Gray Primer. Let dry.

Spray inside of can with Gloss Black. Let dry.

Spray outside of can with desired orange base color. Let dry.

Spray a puddle of Fluorescent paint on paper plate. Sponge paint randomly over outside of can. Let dry.

Spray a puddle of Tuscan Sunset paint on paper plate. Sponge onto cheek area at corners of mouth. Let dry.

Spray a puddle of Gloss Black paint on paper plate. Use brush to apply paint to eyes, nose, and mouth. Let dry.

Spray two coats of Crystal Clear, allowing to dry between coats.

Cut a length of wire 6–8″ longer than desired size. Create loops by coiling wire around pencil. Attach wire through handle holes. Wrap ends to secure; trim off excess wire.

Place candle inside can and light. Let these adorable metal Jack-O-Lantern Luminaries welcome your guests!


With Halloween only 110 days away, we are gearing up to help you with your home haunt!  If you are getting tired of having your current styrofoam tombstones fall down due to the strong winds around the witching hour, or how the styrofoam rips and tears apart from the stake in the bottom, we have decided to assist with our own creations of wood tombstones. 

Most people don’t have the tools needed to cut out their own wood tombstones, nor do they have the time or patience to do so, and we would like to help you out.  We  will be creating some new designs that we’ll share with you when they are done, but for now, we have two different styles for you to choose from.  Don’t worry, we do all the work!  Click here for this tombstone style to purchase.

What you will receive are tombstones cut from pressed wood and sanded when you receive them.  They are approximately 33″ in height and 1/2″ thick, and we will try to adhere to these dimensions, but with every tombstone we cut, there might be a slight difference, but only a slight difference!  You’ll get the tombstone and a base with stakes for the ground – no more will your tombstones fall down when the wind kicks up! 

Our second style of tombstone is a great skinny tomb just perfect for any location.  Click here for this tombstone style to purchase.  

Krylon offers some great spray paint that you can use to paint your own tombstone when it arrives.  “Make it Stone” and “Glowz” are two perfect choices for your tombstones!  The Glowz spray paint actually creates a finish that glows in the dark and recharges when exposed to light – just perfect for any wood letters you may add onto your tombstone, and the Make it Stone spray paint finishes your tombstone with a unique stone like finish. 

Our last tombstone is the same as the first one shown, but you will receive 6″ RIP wood letters that we’ll attach to the tombstone when you order.  Just a little embellishment makes this tombstone stand out!   Click here for this tombstone style to purchase. 

If you have any questions, let us know – we’re here to help you enhance your scare factor this Halloween! 

Have some fun this Halloween! 
The Team @ Themes N Things

It’s true, we all love Halloween, but making Halloween props is easy!  Some might not want to venture into DIY projects, but when you find out how easy some of the DIY projects can be, you might change your mind.  We have available, for instant download, the instructions on how to create your own PVC Flicker Flame Lights at home with just a few things from your local DIY Hardware Store.  Click here on how to get your instructions!  You can use your lights on your walkway to greet your trick-or-treaters with no worries about the flames going out, or use them on your mantel or kitchen table.  No matter where you choose to place them, they will be a great addition for your Halloween display!  Happy Haunting!

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