Steampunk Pumpkin – Part 1

Thanks to Tim Holtz

Tim Holtz, as I’m sure many of you know, is a biggie in the paper craft world and one of my all time favorites for inspiration.  His “Distress” line covers everything from inks to fabrics and his blog never fails to have me dashing to my craft room so I can try his latest technique.  This Steampunk Pumpkin sprang from one of T.H.s posts for making faux metal.  He used silver foil tape and made a very cool sign, but for me, I like the bigger projects.  And as we have already established, I love Halloween and use these basic lighted pumpkins in other aspects of Halloween decor, but one day the lightening bolt hit – Steampunk Pumpkin – YES!  So let’s go.


Halloween Pumpkin, electric or battery operated (New or Upcycle a Used One)

Silver Foiled Paper

Silver Foil Tape

Sizzix Riveted Metal Embossing Folder

Aleen’s Craft Glue

Bone Folder

Small Knob Embossing Tool

Leaf Shape for Tracing or Leaf Die/Cut

Black Acrylic Paint

Black (19) Gauge  and (16) Wire

Die Cutting Machine

Paint Brush

Paper Scissors and Kai Scissors


Needle-nose Pliers

Wire Cutters

Wood Dowel

Heavy Duty Double Sided Tape in Sheets

Tim Holtz Grunge Paper


Okay, are you ready to jump in?  First off, this is a really LARGE fake pumpkin so the proportions might look a bit different to the finished pumpkin back at the top of this blog post.


These two pumpkins are more the “average” size and will be next in line for this totally cool Steampunk conversion!

Remove the bottom panel where the light is and set aside.  Now paint the face cut-outs of your pumpkin with the black acrylic, go outside of the lines just a bit, and do the stem as well.  Do not paint the inside of the pumpkin, the light looks better reflecting off the orange than if you painted it black in there.


This pic didn’t come out as informative as I had hoped.  Behind the pumpkin and embossing folder is a poster board sized sheet of silver foiled paper.  I measured the dimensions of my embossing folder and then cut this huge sheet down to a stack of those sized pieces.  I used this poster sized sheet because it’s so much cheaper than the 12″ x 12″ or standard size, but use whatever size you can get your hands on.


Following your own machines instructions (I have a Vagabond, he,he) emboss one of the sheets.  Don’t these come out great?!  They really look like riveted metal.


Here’s where your own creativity is going to come in.  I like to start with the teeth area, selecting a small portion of the embossed paper, cutting it where I’m able to keep a nice section of the pattern intact and then glue the back of the paper and press onto the pumpkin.  The black that we painted on behind ?, this is going to make everything come together right in the end when we do an all-over black patina.  But that’s a ways down the road, for now, keep adding pieces, press each one into the curves on the pumpkin – but it is a balance – don’t rub the embossing pattern out as you press the paper on, getting a good seal of glued paper to pumpkin.


As you can see, I did three smaller pieces getting most of the teeth done, then I moved to a bit large piece on the last outside tooth.  The larger pieces cover more ground, quicker, but on a curvy surface like the pumpkins it’s much more difficult to get large pieces to lay down properly.  So, go slowly with increasing sizes until you get the feel of how this works.


Okay, I’m done blogging and going back to my craft room to work on this fellow some more.  Part 2 will be up soon.  Till then, Craft On!



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