It’s that time of year when pumpkins take on a life of their own! This year, take a different approach to pumpkin carving by adding colour.
The following steps show you how to turn your pumpkins into a bat and a mummy.
Mummy pumpkin materials
- 1 pumpkin
- White acrylic paint
- Paint brush
- White crepe paper strips (thin cloth or gauze would also work)
- Glue gun
- Old newspaper
STEP 1: Pumpkin prep
Carve your pumpkin as you normally would, including the face!
STEP 2: That’s a wrap
Spread sheets of newspaper onto a table or desk and paint your pumpkin with the white acrylic paint. When your pumpkin is dry, glue one end of your crepe paper strips to the pumpkin and start wrapping! Make sure you cover the eye holes and mouth only slightly, so you can still see the glow of a candle on Halloween night.
Black bat pumpkin materials
- 1 pumpkin
- Black spray paint
- Large garbage bag or newspaper
- 1 sheet of black bristol board
- Hot glue
- Black craft wire
STEP 1: Pumpkin prep (round 2)
Just like the mummy, carve your pumpkin as you normally would, and include the face you’d like your bat to have.
STEP 2: Bats are black
Spread a garbage bag or newspaper outside or in a well ventilated area. Follow the directions on your spray paint can and coat your pumpkin until it is completely black.
STEP 3: Wings and things
While your pumpkin dries, cut out a set of ears and wings from your black bristol board and attach black craft wire using your hot glue gun. Give your ears and wings some depth by folding a crease down the centre. When your pumpkin is dry, attach your ears to the top of your pumpkin and the wings to the side by carefully sticking the craft wire through the side of the pumpkin. The wire should be long enough that it goes through the wall width of the pumpkin.
With these pumpkins on display, your home will be a must stop for trick-or-treaters this Halloween!