Stranger Things Are Happening in This DIY Mini Jack-O’-Lantern Diorama
Confession: I haven’t finished Stranger Things. I’m about two months late and still only on episode five. But while I can’t claim super fan status, I can say one thing about Stranger Things: I love how eerie it is. It’s a no-brainer that this Halloween is all about celebrating Stranger Things, and I just had to pair it with my passion for architectural models. I present to you: Tiny Stranger Things. It’s a refreshing update to the classic Jack-o’-Lantern that’s so relevant.
This tiny pumpkin diorama is the perfect office desk decor. It says “I appreciate Halloween” without completely letting your freak flag fly. Subtlety is key with the ‘ween decor.
Materials and Tools:
Grab your materials. It’s time to whip out those fine motor skills!
Make a rectangle using permanent marker.
- permanent marker
- paint brush
- black acrylic paint
- mini pumpkin
- moss and dried foliage
- model people
Using a serrated knife, carefully cut along your lines. Remove the seeds with a spoon, making sure to scrape away as much of the loose pumpkin fibers as possible. Pat the inside of the pumpkin dry with a paper towel.
Paint the inside of the pumpkin with the black acrylic paint and add glitter while the paint is still wet. Allow the paint to dry completely (about two hours) before moving onto the next step.
Place a layer of moss on the bottom of the pumpkin and trim your dried botanicals to fit inside of the pumpkin. Pierce twigs into the flesh of the pumpkin to keep them in place.
When you’re happy with your composition, place a few model people into your diorama. I purchased jogging figurines and policemen to create a spooky chase scene.
That’s all it takes to make a spooky mini Jack-o’-Lantern that’s perfect for your desk.
This tiny diorama is sure to draw a crowd full of curious spectators.
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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