Every year when it comes time to decorate my Jack-o-lantern, it’s always hard to decide what sort of face to put on it. Scary? Cute? Funny? If only I had a dozen pumpkins and lots of time, then I could have a little bit of everything. But I don’t, of course, so I always have to choose just one or two designs. But then the other day, I spotted a Mr. Potato Head in my niece’s toy box and inspiration struck. I could make sort of a Mr. Pumpkin Head this year!
I started with, of course, a pumpkin. I used a real pumpkin, but a foam one that can be re-used from year to year would be a great idea, too. Then I got a multi-color pack of craft foam sheets, some double-sided tape, and a pair of scissors, and I started cutting.
I cut eyes, noses, mouths, and eyebrows. Before long, I had six fun faces — a pirate, a monster, a cat, a clown, a goofy face, and a traditional Jack-o-lantern.
Next, I cut some small pieces of the fuzzy side of some sticky back Velcro and put them on the pumpkin where I wanted the features to go. Then I put pieces of the hook side of the Velcro on the backs of all the facial features.
Then I got to play! Here are what each of my faces look like when in place.
But I couldn’t stop there! I just had to mix it up and make a really fun face. I have to admit that this was my favorite face of all.
I can’t wait to show my niece this new Jack-o-lantern. She’s going to have a blast playing with it!
Update! Some of you have asked for a template for the facial features. I’m afraid I won’t have time to make a nice formal template for you this year, but what I’ve done is put all my pieces into the scanner and scanned them. Half of them are on Scan #1 and the rest are on Scan #2. Hope that helps!