Perky Pumpkin Pals

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Super-size your Halloween décor with playful pumpkin pals you can create with materials you likely have on hand already. Bright colors add a touch of fun!

Completion time – 2-4 hours

Designer – Kathleen George

Materials

STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • Balls, 6", two
  • Disc, 6" x 3/4", two
  • Eggs, 2-1/2", four
  • Stars, 6" x 1/2", two
Other Materials
  • Acrylic paints: lt. orange; dk. orange;
  • black; white; blue; purple; lt. green
  • Wooden dowels, 3/4" diameter, two each: tall
  • pumpkin, 13" lengths; short pumpkin, 9" lengths
  • Origami papers: pink; orange
  • Small pom poms, two each: orange; pink
  • One-step lightweight spackling
  • Ultra-fine iridescent glitter: red; yellow
  • Heavyweight green garden wire

Tools

  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Wooden skewers, two
  • Disposable container and spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Paintbrushes: fine liner; stiff round; soft wide
  • Disposable palette
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Sandpaper
  • Transfer paper
  • Craft knife with new blade
  • Matte-finish dcoupage medium
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Firm-stick paper paste

Instructions

Note: Use foam glue unless otherwise indicated.

  • 1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut thin
    slice from bottom of each foam ball so it will rest securely
    on foam star. Do not glue balls to stars yet. Insert wooden
    skewer into flat side of each ball. Cut thin, lengthwise slice
    from each foam egg to create shoes.
  • 2. Use stiff brush to paint foam stars and discs lights green.
    Paint shoes desired shade of orange. Let pieces dry completely.
  • 3. Paint dowel rods blue for tall pumpkin; paint rods purple
    for short pumpkin. Let dry.
  • 4. Follow manufacturer's instructions to mix one cup of
    spackling with a few drops of water in disposable bowl;
    mixture should have consistency of creamy yogurt.
  • 5. Holding skewer like a handle, use wide, soft paintbrush to
    apply thin, even coat of spackling to first ball. Dip brush in
    water to smooth out visible stroke marks. Place skewer in
    heavy glass or jar; let dry completely. Repeat to coat second
    ball with spackling; let dry.
  • 6. Lightly sand surface of each ball; wipe dust with damp
    paper towel. If desired, apply second coat of spackling to
    each ball; let dry. Sand surface; wipe away dust.
  • 7. Use flat brush to paint heads desired shade of orange; let
    dry completely. Remove skewers. Cut two 4" wire lengths, twist
    around pencil or paintbrush handle, and glue into center top
    of each head for stem.
  • 8. Transfer face patterns to heads. Using photo as a guide,
    paint facial features, letting each feature dry before adding
    details. For tall pumpkin, paint eyes blue, nose light orange,
    and mouth/teeth white; let dry. Paint black pupils, eyebrows
    and teeth lines. Outline eyes green and nose purple. Let dry completely.
  • 9. For short pumpkin, paint eyes and teeth white, nose dark
    orange, and mouth black; let dry. Paint black pupils and
    eyebrows. Outline eyes green; outline nose and mouth purple.
    Let dry completely.
  • 10. Use craft knife to make small hole at top back end of each
    shoe. Use glue gun to glue dowel legs into shoes. Glue pom
    poms to shoes as shown. Glue feet to disc so shoes point
    slightly outward. Let dry completely
  • 11. Gently press stars down onto tops of legs to mark dowel
    placement. Make small holes in bottoms of stars and use glue
    gun to glue tops of legs into holes. Glue heads to stars using
    glue gun. Pumpkins should stand level; support pumpkins as
    needed while glue dries.
  • 12.Cut sixteen 1/2" x 2-1/2" strips of orange origami paper.
    Use paper paste to glue strips, evenly spaced, around tall
    pumpkin's legs. Cut and glue 12 pink strips around short
    pumpkin's legs. Let dry completely.
  • 13. Apply thin coat of dcoupage medium to top of each
    pumpkin's head; sprinkle on very small amount of coordinating
    glitter. Press glitter into medium with flat fingertips; let
    dry. Lightly blow away excess.