Saturday, October 20, 2012

Pumpkin Crafts

Pumpkin Picture Frames

Here's how to turn any pumpkin into a frame for family photos: Print favorites onto acetate sheets (at office supply stores); trim to size. Clean out the pumpkin, cut an opening, punch decorative holes; tack image from the inside and add an electric candle.



"What's Inside a Pumpkin" Craft

What you'll need:
  • Orange, green and brown construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Stapler
  • Orange yarn
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Black marker

How to:
  1. Draw a pumpkin on orange construction paper. With a second piece of orange construction paper under the first, cut out the pumpkin shape. You should have two identical paper pumpkins.
  2. Cut a stem out of brown paper and a leaf out of green paper. Glue them to the top pumpkin.
  3. Cut small pieces of yarn.
  4. Spread a layer of glue in the middle of the bottom pumpkin. Put on the cut up yarn and the pumpkin seeds. Set aside to dry.
  5. Staple the other pumpkin on top of the one with the seeds so that it opens up. Add on the leaf and the stem as well.
  6. Write "what's inside a pumpkin" on the front of the pumpkin with a marker.



Pumpkin Cats


What you'll need: 
  • Sharp serrated knife
  • 2 mini pumpkins, about 15" diameter and about 5" diameter 
  • 2 Styrofoam craft balls, about 6" diameter and about 3" diameter  
  • Black acrylic paint, enough to cover each pumpkin and Styrofoam ball in at least 2 coats  
  • Paintbrush  
  • Scissors  
  • Small pieces of yellow, black and pink felt
  • Hot-glue gun  
  • 11 black pipe cleaners  
  • 2 wooden or plastic toothpicks  
  • Black yarn  
  • 1 yard decorative ribbon
 How to:
  1. Use knife or carving tool to carefully remove pumpkin stems.
  2. Paint pumpkins and Styrofoam balls black, covering with two coats and allowing paint to dry between applications; set aside.
  3. Cut yellow eyes, black pupils, black ears and pink noses for two cats out of felt.
  4. To make two sets of eyes, use hot-glue gun to attach black pupils to centers of yellow eyes.
  5. Secure cats’ eyes, noses and ears to Styrofoam balls with hot glue.
  6. To make whiskers, cut five pipe cleaners in half. Insert six pipe cleaner halves into larger Styrofoam ball (three on either side of cat’s nose); repeat process on smaller Styrofoam ball using remaining four pipe cleaner halves (two on either side of cat’s nose).
  7. To attach cats’ heads to pumpkin bodies, insert one toothpick halfway into bottom right of each head, position heads on bodies as desired and insert exposed halves of toothpicks into pumpkins. Use dabs of hot glue to further secure if necessary.
  8. To make cats’ tails, divide remaining six pipe cleaners into two sets of three. Twist or braid each set, then—working with one set at a time—wind black yarn around pipe cleaners (leaving 2" section of pipe cleaners exposed at one end) until tails reach desired size and shape.
  9. Knot yarn to secure, then insert exposed pipe cleaner ends of tails into pumpkins and curl tails to create desired shape.
  10. Cut two lengths of ribbon, tie into two bows and secure to cats’ necks with hot glue.

Pumpkin Luminaries

Just drill some holes and you have got yourself some great pumpkin luminaries! For brighter luminaries use lights instead of candles like Daniel Murphy, the Million Dollar Designer.

Not sure if this last one is really a "craft", but it is a pretty cool idea! You can turn your pumpkin into a cooler for your next Halloween party!

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