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.
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!