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Fun-Kins (Hobby Lobby)

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Hobby Lobby is including Fun-kins in their 40% Fall Decore sale.  Large Fun-kins regular price $29.99, on sale for $17.99, Medium Fun-kins regual price $25.99, on sale for $15.59. The one over by me had Large, medium, small, pink, and white Fun-kins.

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Wait until AFTER the holiday.  The sales are even better!  Like 66% and 75% off!  Trust me!  That's how I scored the 40 Funkins for my display last year!

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Every time I wait till after the season, there gone. Michaels usually has their funkins at 50% off almost all season long. well in Saint John anyway.

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Here is a daytime view of the arch I made last year out of Funkins.  I bought them when they were put on sale in late September at Michaels.

 

 

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Here is a daytime view of the arch I made last year out of Funkins.  I bought them when they were put on sale in late September at Michaels.

That looks awesome! did you use a hot knife to carve them? Good job :-)

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That looks awesome! did you use a hot knife to carve them? Good job :-)

 

Thanks Valerie.  Yes, I used a hot knife for carving.  Each one is individually lit as well.  Here is a photo of the arch at night.  Sorry it is not very clear.

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I paid $1.66 each two years ago about 2 weeks after Halloween at Michaels. Bought the last 24 they had. ( wife wouldn't let me drive 24 miles round trip to 1 on other side of town.. :( )

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What did you mount it on?

 

I made a wood frame, attached luan to it, and then mounted all of the pumpkins with bolts, washers and wing nuts.  Once I had them all in place, I drew an outline around the pumpkins, removed them, and then cut away the visible luan.  I painted the frame and luan black, remounted the pumpkins, and hooked all of the lights up.  

 

It all comes apart easily, including the frame & luan, and packs flat (except for the pumpkins of course).  Everything is numbered so it is a breeze to reassemble.  I built it over a weekend plus a couple of weeknights.  The carving of the 22 pumpkins took the bulk of the time.

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Well done, Joe!  Some of those faces look familiar! ;)

Here's the ORIGINAL arch I built in 2010!  It's still running and still looks GREAT!
 

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Great arch PumpkinKing!  Much bigger than mine.  I did an internet search for most of the designs I used.  Your photo looks familiar.  How many pumpkins are on your arch?

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Great arch PumpkinKing!  Much bigger than mine.  I did an internet search for most of the designs I used.  Your photo looks familiar.  How many pumpkins are on your arch?

My arch has 62 Jacks on it.  There's some in the back that you can see reflected in the windows.

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Pumpkin King and JoeS, your arches are waaaaay cool!  Thanks for the pics!  I think I might try a smaller version around the arch to my front porch.  How did you light the pumpkins?

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Pumpkin King and JoeS, your arches are waaaaay cool!  Thanks for the pics!  I think I might try a smaller version around the arch to my front porch.  How did you light the pumpkins?

 

I'm using yellow incandescent C9 bulbs.  But LED bulbs will work just great!

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I'm using yellow incandescent C9 bulbs.  But LED bulbs will work just great!

 

Thanks, Pumpkin King!  Yellow sounds like it would look really cool.  I'm definitely going to look for those.  Where did you put the lights?  I assume the pumpkins are bolted directly in the back.  Did you just place your bulbs directly above or below the bolts to keep the light centered?

 

Carved my first pumpkin tonight, did my fav, Jack Skellington!  I'm getting really excited about making an arch!  Thanks again to you and JoeS for the inspiration!  :)

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Pumpkin King and JoeS, your arches are waaaaay cool!  Thanks for the pics!  I think I might try a smaller version around the arch to my front porch.  How did you light the pumpkins?

 

I used clear C7 incan bulbs on sockets that are made for inserting in the back of little holiday village buildings.  Got them at Dollar Tree.  They have a spring clip around the socket that hold them firmly in place in holes I drilled into the back side of each pumpkin.  I plan to upgrade to LED retrofit bulbs.

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My arch has 62 Jacks on it.  There's some in the back that you can see reflected in the windows.

 

Wow! Very impressive!!!

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Thanks, Pumpkin King!  Yellow sounds like it would look really cool.  I'm definitely going to look for those.  Where did you put the lights?  I assume the pumpkins are bolted directly in the back.  Did you just place your bulbs directly above or below the bolts to keep the light centered?

 

Carved my first pumpkin tonight, did my fav, Jack Skellington!  I'm getting really excited about making an arch!  Thanks again to you and JoeS for the inspiration!   :)

 

I carved a 1-1/2" hole in the back and used a C9 roof clip to keep the light in place.  This affords me the ability to replace them quickly when they burn out.  No bolting in the back.  I also created custom light strings to be able to reach each pumpkin, as they aren't attached in a position that can be reached with pre-made light strings.

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I carved a 1-1/2" hole in the back and used a C9 roof clip to keep the light in place.  This affords me the ability to replace them quickly when they burn out.  No bolting in the back.  I also created custom light strings to be able to reach each pumpkin, as they aren't attached in a position that can be reached with pre-made light strings.

Good idea, making custom light strings.  I've been planning on making custom extension cords, may need to order the light sockets while I'm at it.  May I ask, if not bolted, how are your pumpkins attached to your arch?

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Pumpkin King - when you made the foam plugs for the bottom of your fun-kins what color did you paint the outside (Delta Ceramcoat - Pumpkin?) and what color, if any, did you paint the inside?

 

I have a couple of pumpkins on ground level and want to make sure the plugs can't be seen when up close.

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Good idea, making custom light strings.  I've been planning on making custom extension cords, may need to order the light sockets while I'm at it.  May I ask, if not bolted, how are your pumpkins attached to your arch?

 

I used galvanized steel wire to attach them.  Just poked it in and out through the back, and then through some holes I drilled through the PVC framework.

 

 

 

Pumpkin King - when you made the foam plugs for the bottom of your fun-kins what color did you paint the outside (Delta Ceramcoat - Pumpkin?) and what color, if any, did you paint the inside?

 

I have a couple of pumpkins on ground level and want to make sure the plugs can't be seen when up close.

 

I took a pumpkin to Home Depot and matched up the paint color up to it the best I could.  I just bought a small pint jar sample of it.  So, whatever color best matches the pumpkin is what I suggest.  Make sure it's a latex paint, and BRUSH it on!

 

I did NOT paint the inside of the pumpkins, and you CANNOT see the pink foam board I used to make the plugs with.  It is not noticeable at all.

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