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:
Transform a pumpkin into a bubble-blowing major leaguer.
Acrylic paint or markers
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:
(The instructions on this one are self-explanatory).
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:
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
Black duct tape
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!