Carved Craft Pumpkins
It’s October! Do you know what that means? Pumpkin coffee, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin scented candles, etc. I love all things pumpkin…..except gutting one to carve a jack ‘o lantern. The smell, the squishy innards, yuck! I prefer craft pumpkins when it comes to carving. They don’t smell and they don’t rot. After Halloween, you can pack them away until next year. That’s why these carved craft pumpkins are the bomb!
This is an easy and fun craft you can do with the kids. They might not be able to do the actual carving, but they can help you design faces and draw the designs on the craft pumpkins. Time to start brainstorming what face you want to carve (I like to turn my pumpkins on their side so the stem becomes the nose.)
What You’ll Need
- Craft pumpkin (also called foam pumpkin)
- Pumpkin carving tool or small knife
- Hot glue gun
- Fake eyeballs (see our tutorial for how to make fake eyeballs)
Use your carving tool or knife to CAREFULLY cut out the eyes and mouth. It takes a little oomph to carve so go slowly and try not to lose a finger in the process. There’s a fair amount of dust when you’re done – just brush that out into the trash can. You can use your knife to go back and clean up the fuzzy edges (see in the pic below) if it bothers you.
Cut a hole in the bottom so the pumpkin will sit level. You can also use this to put an LED light inside. I love the look of the flickering LED candles, they make the pumpkins look so realistic!
Do not use a real candle in craft pumpkins, they are flammable!
Time to add the fake eyeballs. Just hot glue those suckers in! For some added fun, you can use hot glue to make tears or slobber too. You can also do things like adding a little bit of blood or eyelashes with permanent markers or paint pens. Another idea is to glue plastic spiders or little fake rats on the faces. I’ve even seen these with little bits of fuzzy fabric glued on above the eyes for bushy eyebrows. Use your imagination!