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Glossy decoupage medium
Acrylic metallic paints in copper, green, purple, gold or other colors
Pencil with round tip eraser
Decide what words or phrases you want on your pumpkin. Try, Happy Halloween, Trick-or-Treat, Boo, Scream, Happy Haunting, etc. Find the macaroni letters to form all the words. On the pumpkin paint a 1/8-inch line of decoupage medium where you want the words to be. Place the letters on the decoupage medium. Let dry.
Paint the top surfaces of the macaroni using the metallic paints (not the copper one). Use only one color on the entire word or phrase so it stands out and is much easier to read. Let the paint dry.
Dip the eraser end of the pencil into copper paint. Carefully dot the paint onto the pumpkin where desired. Let dry.
Parents help required with drill and wire cutters
Pumpkin, hollowed out
Hand Drill with 3/16-inch bit
Plastic-coasted with in white, green, purple, yellow, orange, blue and red.
Using a hand drill, make horizontal pairs of holes on each side of pumpkin seams, approximately ¾-inch apart. Start just below the top of the pumpkin. Drill as many sets as necessary to reach the bottom, making a pair of holes approximately every inch. Continue drilling until the entire pumpkin is drilled.
Bend the end of a piece of wire, shaping it into a U. Poke straight end of wire though the top hole on the inside of the pumpkin. Push the bent end into the pumpkin to secure. Poke wire back to inside, using the hole one over and one down to create a diagonal line. Continue in this manner, adding wire when necessary. The create the X, reverse the lacing order.
Trim excess from wires, leaving 1-inch at the end to bend over and push into inside of pumpkin.
Acrylic enamel paints in bright colors
Wash and dry the pumpkin. Cover your work surface with newspapers.
Paint a wide zigzag stripe around the middle of the pumpkin. Paint wide stripes from the bottom of the zigzag to the bottom of the pumpkin. Use a flat paintbrush to paint small squares on the top of the pumpkin. Let the paint dry.
Use your finger to add dots to the zigzag stripe. Let the paint dry. Wash your hand immediately.
Parents help required with hammer, nails, wire cutter and glue gun
Large and small pumpkins
Two 3-inch long nails
Black permanent marker
Wood plug or button
Ribbon and trim for hat
Small black felt hat
Hot glue gun
Rectangular piece of fabric for scarf
1 small, 2 medium and 2 large wood stars
Acrylic paints in yellow, orange, lime green, black, dark orange and purple.
Choose two pumpkins that will stack together well to make the shape of a snowman. Break the stem off the larger pumpkin. Pound two nails halfway into the top of the large pumpkin. Wearing safety goggles, clip off the nail heads with a wire cutter. Press the smaller pumpkin down onto the nails. Draw a face on the pumpkin using the black marker.
Use a button or wood plug painted dark orange for the nose. Glue it on with the glue gun. Add ribbon and trim to the hat with glue gun. Tie a rectangular strip of fabric around the neck for a scarf. Glue on colored rickrack for trim.
Paint the small and medium wood stars yellow. Paint the large stars lime green. Brush a very small amount of orange in the points of the yellow stars. Paint the edges of the medium yellow stars black. Add two small black dots to the center of each yellow star by dipping the handle of the paintbrush into paint and dotting onto surface. Let dry.
Glue the medium stars into the large stars to make buttons. Glue the small star on the hat and the layered stars on the snowman's belly.
Paint the leaves using acrylic paint. Let dry. Piece holes in the sides of the large pumpkin for arms. Inserts small sticks or twigs into holes. Hot glue the painted leaves onto the sticks for fingers.
Black Cat Pumpkin
Parents help required with glue gun, ice pick and candle lighting
Small round hallowed out pumpkin, large tall pumpkin
Black spray paint
Hot glue gun
2 flat green or blue marbles
Ice Pick or turkey skewer
White crafting wire
Black chenille stems
Fabric or tie
Turn your small hollowed out pumpkin upside down. Draw a cat face on the small pumpkin with eyes large enough to place the flat marbles in. Cut out the face. Using the pumpkin skin from around the stem of the small pumpkin or from your discarded pumpkin pieces, cut two small ears. Cut the stem off the large pumpkin but do not cut into skin/flesh.
In a well-ventilated work space, spray paint the pumpkins and cat ears black. be careful not to spray directly into the openings for the cat face. You don't want the spray paint inside the cat head.
Using the glue gun, glue the marbles to the wide ends of toothpicks. Let dry completely. Push toothpicks into the bottoms of the ears. Push the eyes and ears into place on the cat head.
Use an ice pick or turkey skewer poke tree holes on either side of the nose for whiskers. Cut 6-inch long pieces of wire for whiskers. Shape wires as desired and poke into holes.
Twist together chenille stems to male a tail. Set the tail until the large pumpkin. Place a candle on top of the large pumpkin. Place the head over the candle. You can hold the head in place with toothpicks if you need too. Tie a fabric strip or necktie around the cat's neck.
Parents help required with knife
Small pumpkin with a nice tall stem
Knife and spoon
Four 8-inch long pieces of ¼-inch dowel
Acrylic paints in lime green and purple
White air dry clay (Crayola® model magic clay works best)
2 small black beads and 1 large black bead
Shredded colored paper
Cut the pumpkin in half horizontally, keeping the cut as smooth as possible. Clean out the inside by scraping it with a spoon.
Sharpen both ends of the dowels in a pencil sharpener. Paint two dowels lime green and the other two purple. Let paint dry. Add dots on each dowel by dipping the handle of the paint brush and dotting the surface of the dowel with the opposite color (purple dowel will have lime green dots, lime green dowel will have purple dots). Let dry. Insert the dowels into the bottom half of the pumpkin. Then, place the pumpkin top on by firmly pressing it onto the dowels.
Creating the ghost is very easy. Take a portion of clay suitable for the size of your pumpkin. Knead the clay until it is smooth. Shape the clay into in a smooth oblong piece. Gently twist the top portion to create the head of your ghost. Shape arms from small pieces of clay. Position the arms on the ghost's body and press into place. Form the bottom of the ghost to fit inside the pumpkin.
Using a toothpick, press the small black beads into the ghost face to form eyes. Do the same for the larger bead as a mouth. You can make a nose out of left-over clay if you want.
Add shredded paper to the inside of your pumpkin, around the ghost, so that some of the shredded paper flows out of the pumpkin and lays around it.
Parents help required with glue gun
Decorating accessories (halloween wigs, shoes, fake hands, plastic lips, eyes, mouth and nose, hats, sunglasses, scarves, etc)
Wash and dry your pumpkin.
Draw a face or glue on facial features.
Decorate your pumpkin using all your accessories!
Note: If you want to let smaller children do this, omit the glue gun and permanent markers. I let the kids use washable Crayola® markers to draw faces and then decorate the pumpkin. Then they wash the face off with a damp sponge and try it again!
Egg Carton Pumpkins
Cardboard egg cartons
White craft glue
Acrylic paints in orange and black
Crepe paper, green
Cut two cups from egg carton. Run a bead of glue along the top edge of one cup. Invert the second cup and position it on top the first, making sure the cut edges align properly. Let dry.
Coat the pumpkin shell with orange acrylic paint. Let dry. Using black paint, make a pumpkin face. Let dry.
Use the end of a paper clip to poke a hole in the top of the pumpkin. Make a stem and/or curly vines out of twisted green crepe paper and push the ends through the hole. You can cut leaves out of crepe paper and add those too.
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