My Florida Halloween Pumpkin DIY

So last year, I painted a real pumpkin. Problem is, the weather here is supa hot, AND rainy, AND windy with extra salt in the air. I only got to enjoy my pumpkin for a week last Halloween, then it started to decay, and flecks of paint started to scatter all over my yard and driveway. Grody.

This year, I took’s advice, and bought a foam craft pumpkin to paint instead. I even thought it would be fun to cut a hole in the 

Step 1…cut a hole in da box

bottom for an LED tea light to be placed inside, so I wanted to drill some small holes in it too for the light to shine through.

Picked this up at the craft store for $5, these pumpkins are hollow foam

Next time, I’ll use a thicker acrylic paint.

The first layer sponged on

Starting to paint in some waves

I made sure to seal the paint job this time!

I marked the “stars” with a metallic Sharpie, and drilled them out with a 1/8” bit on my Dremel. The foam was thicker than I thought!

Drilling the holes

It looks festive covered in foam bits

To cut the piece out of the bottom for the LED light, I used a diamond bit for carving. I certainly didn’t get the smoothest cut, reminds me about how well I carve a real pumpkin….

I cut a section out of the bottom, then resealed for good measure

Horrible cut, but it’s on the bottom! I attached the tea light with foam tape to the bottom

I placed the pumpkin over the foam piece with the LED, and it fit back together well enough, I didn’t need any tape nor glue. Honestly, I’m so freakin’ lazy, that I’m going to leave the little LED tea light in the ON mode. During the day, you can’t see it, and I won’t have to remember to turn it on when it gets dark. Win.

This looks more beachy

Here it is at night, with the LED on

I recommend this project to surfers to want to try out working with paint pens before painting an actual board. The surface of the pumpkin foam is quite similar, and it’s a good creative outlet. Remember, there are no mistakes, just happy little trees, bro….

Paint what you see

Seaside Motifs

One of my favorite bloggers on here is Elenora from Coastal Crochet. She likes to crochet things by the seashore. I like to craft stuff with those same ocean inspired things too, so her ideas are great to explore.

She posted a cute ammonite pattern a while back (be sure to check out her other stuff too!) and I thought it would be cool to work up in my favorite coated nylon Brazilian thread, Linhasita. I also found a simple starfish pattern on Pinterest as well.

For these motifs, I really enjoyed using the Linhasita since it has a stiffness to it, allowing the piece to be shaped by hand. It’s nylon, so blocking it with your fingers is the best option. It also helped the starfish look more real since the arms could be shaped, and looked less “cookie cutter.” I love how the ammonites came out looking very lacy. I used a 2.0 mm hook with these, but I did make some size adjustments for variety. In other words, I had fun, yo.

Just had fun with these

Next, I simply whipstitched the motifs onto little 3” muslin drawstring bags from the craft store. 

Natural thread, natural muslin bags, easy

Used a simple backstitch

Lookin’ classy now. This would be nice to give to a salty, crunchy, surfer needing a little surfer’s tune-up kit (wax, fin screws, fin key) OR collect some seaglass or shells to give to your buds!

Hold yer stuff, man….

Happy Freakin’ Whatever. Let’s surf!

This sums up my ideal PAR-TAY

Surfboard Doctor’s Bag

With the generally accepted happiest time of year before us (surfers actually call that hurricane season instead), I always like to think up a gift craft that can be a useful to another surfer, or yourself.
For this year, I was inspired by a recent friend’s unfortunate drop-n-ding. She only has the one board, and can’t wait for the ding repair guy to “get around to it”. The swell has been fun for days, and she doesn’t want to miss out in case there’s more.
So here’s a little fix-it kit for those patch repairs on the fly.

First in the kit:

Oh so pretty. The non acetone pads are for surface prep and cleanup before doing any sort of repair. You want to get rid of any residue, and the pre-soaked single use pads are handy to have, and the non-acetone is safe for most glass jobs on boards. The emery boards are to also sand and prep the surface to do any epoxy work. I find these to be more useful than sandpaper, since they are more precise and only sand the areas necessary. Also, 80% of dings seem to gravitate towards the rail, so it’s easy to sand a section that’s on a curved rail, without slipping up and sanding a bigger swath by accident.

Secondly in the kit:

These items are for the really quick and dirty repairs. These days, they sell duct tape in sheets with backing, like a large sticker sheet (this sheet is cut in half). You can find these at the craft store, and now even at the hardware store. Duct tape is a great in-a-pinch repair, sealing out water fairly well temporarily. To go with it, an Exacto knife allows you to cut a custom sized repair patch. Heck, you can even make it stylish. Beats wrestling with a large strip of tape sticking against itself while you’re trying to stick it on your board, only to find sweet wrinkles all over the place.

Next in the kit:

Of course, for those deeper dings, there’s the tried and true SunCure, PhixDoctor, etc. to include. PhixDoctor comes in a tube that doesn’t go bad, and seems to work well in my experience. To help with this, I included a few small plastic stir cups and some wooden craft sticks that you can pick up really cheap for a huge package of eighty!

Finally, the last items:

SAFETY ITEMS! Of course! Throw in a few pairs of nitrile disposable gloves (I’m sure you have a few to spare from your stash!) and a couple of painters’ masks to use when working with the PhixDoctor. I DON’T CARE if you say if it’s overkill- I’d like to keep the remaining brain cells I have, when working close to any chemicals, thanks, tough guy. We will note your hard coreness.
Lastly, I packed this in a tote with a snap on lid with a top handle for easy toting out to the garage or yard, where you’re probably doing your repair.
In addition, download and print out this handy list to include in the kit which is a synopsis of what I’ve explained above:
All in all, this kit comes out to less to 20 bucks to assemble, with the PhixDoctor and the Exacto knife probably being the priciest items. This is certainly something that will please the avid surfer on your list.
Honestly, do you really need to be in any position where you could be vulnerable to staying home during the holidays because you can’t patch up your board?

A Surfer’s Valentine Gift

Here’s a quick and easy Valentine’s gift to give the surfer in your life!
I used a plain t-shirt box (maybe you’ve got one left over from the Holidays), some cupcake liners, and a bit of red ribbon and 12 bars of wax to make a mock candy box with a bar of wax in each cupcake liner. I did add Valentine’s Hershey’s Kisses in between the liners to fill out the box and keep the wax from moving around. I even found a pink wax comb to add in to the box (not recommended for the insecure surfer).

An old Valentine’s heart shaped box would be even better, but get some wrapped chocolate to add back in between the wax- otherwise, your gift may be perceived as “Hey, chunky, instead of candy, looks like you could use some exercise. Perhaps surfing?”

Fin Gift Tags

A surfer’s gift doesn’t always have to be a bottle of Cuervo or a case of Imperial, but, if you DO give those, make a supa cool tag that a surfer or non-surfer would think is pretty cool (even after the bottle is long drained).
First, I printed out a template of three tags on a PDF:

These are best printed on some cardstock for tracing onto wood, since the cardstock will have a little edge to trace off of. I cut one out and traced it onto 1/4″ plywood:

Template cut out
Next, cut out the trace with a jig saw, like a Dremel:
Make sure to drill a hole in the bottom left corner for hanging (the presumption is that you’ll hang it upside down), using a small drill. After sanding the edges to ensure a smooth finish, go ahead and paint it any color you want. I painted mine red with a palm tree:
After embellishing some more, it was ready to spray with some sealant. I used a gloss spray sealant like you can get in the spray paint section of the hardware store.
Here’s the tag on a gift:
Obviously, you can hang it as an ornament afterwards, too. I’m imagining a Christmas Tree next year with nothing but these fin tags on it!!!

Last Minute Surfer Gifts

Good job. You waited until the last minute. I had a grown cousin who waited until the last minute to get Christmas gifts, and I ended up with a Jesus Portrait Paint-by-Number. Not kidding. Wonder where they got the original portrait?
But I digress…
If you want to look like you might give a damn about your friend or family member who is a surfer, consider these ideas instead of the 6 pack of Wine Spritzers you saw at Publix.
ALL of these projects take 2 hours OR LESS!!!

DIY Personalized Surf Wax
Fin Screw Keychain
DIY Wetsuit Wash
Surf Pic Magnets
Triple Stringer Picture Frame
DIY Surf Wax Candle
Surfer Necklace
Sex Wax Magnet
Blank Surfboard Shapes for Coloring
Save a Surf Kit
Surf Photo T Shirt
Mini Emergency Kit
DIY Wax Comb

Take just a few moments of your time, and you’ll have a thoughtful gift on your hands.
Ok, ok, you can do the booze gift thing….just get Crown Royal so they get the drawstring bag to make a craft with while sloshed. Christmas Time!!! YAY!

A Surfer’s Stocking

Hanging a stocking is one of the traditions of Christmas. But to be honest, I’ve refused to wear proper shoes going on 15 years now here in Florida, and definitely no socks. As with a lot of surfers, the footwear of choice is the humble flip flop, slap, slippah, or however it’s known in that area of the world. I thought that would be a much better choice to make into a “stocking” for a surfer, and one that could hold a couple of bars of wax for a gift would be even better!
First, I got together my supplies: some craft store felt, colored heavy thread, scissors and some straight pins and my pattern printed out on an 8 1/2″ by 11″ piece of standard paper:
Flip Flop Pattern (it may not be the greatest sketch, but don’t use it commercially please)

Next, I cut 2 pieces out of the same colored felt of the sole of the shoe, and 1 of the thong part of the sole out of contrasting fabric by pinning the pattern to the felt:

First, I’m going to whip stitch the thong piece onto the sole. I positioned it, then pinned it onto the sole:

I used contrasting embroidery thread to stitch the thong down:

Next, I started to sew the 2 sole pieces together (right sides out) using a blanket stitch around the edge. I started just a little above where the thong starts on the instep as shown by the needle in the picture:

I proceeded to stitch all the way around the heel until I got to just above the other side of the thong strap. This will leave a top opening to put goodies in:

I still wanted to finish up the edges around the top of each sole, so I blanket stitched those top edges as well:

I then made a little hanger by cutting out a small rectangle, folding it in half, and stitching it onto the back of the stocking:

That’s it! Now you can fit a couple of bars of wax inside plus a cane:

Here’s some more stockings hung on a wall:

And just to answer your question, a chimera DOES NOT count as a hearth to hang your stocking off of. As for your second question, yes, it could possibly fit a Tallboy.