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Friday Craft: Halloween Pumpkins

We used to carve a pumpkin every Halloween.

We don’t do that much anymore. *sigh* It’s sad when you stop doing something you’ve done for years. I don’t really know why … well yes, I do know why. The husband simply doesn’t want to put up with the mess anymore. And the boys don’t really “help” anymore so it’s sort of boring without their participation.

BUT, I know that a lot of you DO carve/decorate pumpkins for Halloween, so let me pass along some of my favorite “how-tos” from Family Fun.

I’ve posted this little guy before, but I have to say, he’s still one of my favorite pumpkin characters:

Ball Player Pumpkin

Transform a pumpkin into a bubble-blowing major leaguer.

Carving knife
White paper
Acrylic paint or markers
Pink balloon
Baseball cap

Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. Cut the pumpkin’s top off and hollow out the shell.

2. For eyes, carve holes in the shell and tack white paper behind them.

3. Use acrylic paints and colored markers to add hair and eye black below the eyes.

4. To make the gum bubble, blow up a small pink balloon and pull the knotted end through a small hole in the pumpkin’s shell. Then add a baseball cap for the finishing touch.

Here’s a really easy one that would look really cool lined up on your front porch:

Say Boo! Pumpkins

(The instructions on this one are self-explanatory).

Frank N’ Friends

You can find the instructions for the pumpkins pictured above, as well as a Frankenstein pumpkin here.

And here’s a new one this year:

Bat O’ Lanterns

Stage a spooky scene by assembling a colony of these winged creatures made from miniature pumpkins and craft foam.

Black acrylic paint
Ornamental (miniature) pumpkins
Black and white craft foam
Hole punch
Glue dots
Black duct tape
Wooden skewers

Time needed: About 1 to 2 Hours
1. Cover your work surface with a drop cloth or newspaper, then paint the pumpkins. Allow them to dry completely.

2. For each bat, snip two identical eyes from the white craft foam and use the hole punch to make pupils. Adhere the eyes to the pumpkin with glue dots.

3. Cut matching pairs of ears and wings from the black craft foam (our wings are about 6 inches long). Attach the ears by taping a toothpick to the back of each one, leaving about 1K inches of the toothpick exposed, then inserting it into the top of the pumpkin.

4. Finally, tape a skewer to the back of each wing, leaving a 2-inch point exposed, and push it in place.

Have fun making memories!

2 thoughts on “Friday Craft: Halloween Pumpkins”

  1. wow – I love them!!! I will book mark this as I am hosting a Halloween party for my kids and freinds this year. looks cool…

    oh – and you are tagged by the way – a 5 min silly tag meme on procrastination… check out Jodis and my blogs – I think Paul may be doing it too..


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