STYROFOAM brand foam crafts

Perky Pumpkin Pals

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 thinslice from bottom of each foam ball so it will rest securelyon foam star. Do not glue balls to stars yet. Insert woodenskewer into flat side of each ball. Cut thin, lengthwise slicefrom 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 purplefor short pumpkin. Let dry.
  • 4. Follow manufacturer's instructions to mix one cup ofspackling 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 toapply thin, even coat of spackling to first ball. Dip brush inwater to smooth out visible stroke marks. Place skewer inheavy glass or jar; let dry completely. Repeat to coat secondball with spackling; let dry.
  • 6. Lightly sand surface of each ball; wipe dust with damppaper towel. If desired, apply second coat of spackling toeach ball; let dry. Sand surface; wipe away dust.
  • 7. Use flat brush to paint heads desired shade of orange; letdry completely. Remove skewers. Cut two 4" wire lengths, twistaround pencil or paintbrush handle, and glue into center topof each head for stem.
  • 8. Transfer face patterns to heads. Using photo as a guide,paint facial features, letting each feature dry before addingdetails. For tall pumpkin, paint eyes blue, nose light orange,and mouth/teeth white; let dry. Paint black pupils, eyebrowsand teeth lines. Outline eyes green and nose purple. Let dry completely.
  • 9. For short pumpkin, paint eyes and teeth white, nose darkorange, and mouth black; let dry. Paint black pupils andeyebrows. Outline eyes green; outline nose and mouth purple.Let dry completely.
  • 10. Use craft knife to make small hole at top back end of eachshoe. Use glue gun to glue dowel legs into shoes. Glue pompoms to shoes as shown. Glue feet to disc so shoes pointslightly outward. Let dry completely
  • 11. Gently press stars down onto tops of legs to mark dowelplacement. Make small holes in bottoms of stars and use gluegun to glue tops of legs into holes. Glue heads to stars usingglue gun. Pumpkins should stand level; support pumpkins asneeded 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 tallpumpkin's legs. Cut and glue 12 pink strips around shortpumpkin's legs. Let dry completely.
  • 13. Apply thin coat of dcoupage medium to top of eachpumpkin's head; sprinkle on very small amount of coordinatingglitter. Press glitter into medium with flat fingertips; letdry. Lightly blow away excess.