Pumpkin decorating instead of pumpkin carving is so much fun! It’s crafty, perfect for the little ones and they preserve the pumpkin to last a long time.
We choose a plastic pumpkin from Target and choose one of our children’s favorite story book characters; Pete the Cat!
One of our favorite Pete the Cat books is Pete at the Beach, I figured this had to be easy enough to recreate Pete with swim trunks. It was actually really easy!
I made a visit to Michael’s and picked up a few things.
- 1 sheet of yellow felt
- 1 sheet of white felt
- 1 sheet of black felt
- 1 package of pipe cleaners
- 1 package of chenille pipe cleaners
- 1 sheet of yellow foam
The cost of this pumpkin, including the plastic pumpkin from Target was $15.
I started with the chenille pipe cleaners to make the ears. I bent them in the shape of a triangle, used a hot glue gun to close the triangle and then cut out a triangle from the black felt to hot glue behind the ears. Once it was put together I hot glued each ear to the plastic pumpkin.
Pete’s eyes go almost completely across his face, so they had to be big. I used a post-it note and drew an eye leading from edge to edge. Place the post-it note onto the yellow felt and cut out the eye.
I did the same thing for the black and white pieces. Once all pieces were cut out, I hot glued them to the pumpkin in a layering effect.
The shorts were super easy. I just cut a stripe of the yellow foam to cover the bottom of my pumpkin without over hanging too far. Then I took the white felt and a black sharpie to draw out the fish on his swim trunks. Using a sharp pair of crafting scissors, cut around the fish leaving the black outline visible. Then hot glue to the yellow foam.
The top of Pete’s swim trunks is a piece of white felt cut into a strip and then I tied a small piece of white ribbon to hot glue on the front.
I didn’t take pictures of the whiskers but we used an electric drill and drilled a small hole into the side of the pumpkin’s head. The pipe cleaners stuck right in, the inside is made of styrofoam so the pipe cleaners stuck good without any glue.
Voila! The kids are so excited!
What did you make with your pumpkins this year?
Looking for a yummy Halloween treat? Try these fun Halloween Marshmallow Treats!
- 8 Cups – Honey Nut cheerios or another cheerio variety
- 3 Tbsp Butter
- 10.5 Oz (aprox. 17 count) of Jet-Puffed Jumbo PumpkinMallows
- Chocolate sprinkles to top the treats
- Spray a 9X13 pan with Pam (or another non-stick spray) and set aside. Place the marshmallows and butter into a deep pan and melt them on the stove low-medium heat, stirring often. Once completely melted, pour into the pan and press down to even it all out. Sprinkle with your chocolate sprinkles.
- Let cool on the counter top for about 30 minutes and cut into squares. Store loosely covered.