6 Mini Pumpkin Makeovers

Get some little pumpkins ready for Halloween with six kid-friendly projects from HGTV Magazine .
By: Jodi Kahn and Amanda Kingloff

Photo By: Ben Goldstein

Photo By: Ben Goldstein

Photo By: Ben Goldstein

Photo By: Ben Goldstein

Photo By: Ben Goldstein

Photo By: Ben Goldstein

Felt Masks

Cut out a mask shape from felt, or click here to download a template for the mask seen here and others; print it and cut it out. Trace it onto black felt, then cut out the mask shape and eyes. Glue a piece of black twine to each end of the mask and tie it around the pumpkin. Felt: 12" x 12" wool felt square in black, $1.50, tadaastudio.com; Twine: Bead Landing hemp cord in black, $2 for 8 yards, michaels.com

Bat Wings

Cut out a bat wing shape on stiff black felt, or click here to download the template for the wings; print it and cut it out. Trace the template onto two pieces of stiff black felt, then cut out the wing shapes. Tape a toothpick to the back of each wing, leaving the end of the pick exposed. Stick the toothpicks into opposite sides of the pumpkin. Felt: E-Z Felt 12" x 18" sheets in black, $6 for a set of 6, dickblick.com

Confetti

Tape off the stem with painter’s tape and spray-paint the pumpkin white; let dry. In a cup, mix four colors of foil confetti. Set the pumpkin in a separate cup, stem side down, and brush matte Mod Podge over its bottom. Sprinkle the confetti over it; let dry, then remove the tape. Paint: Titanium White by Liquitex; Confetti: Foil confetti in light blue, dark blue, silver, and teal, $1.50 for 1 1/2 ounces, factorydirectparty.com

Mushrooms

Break off and discard the pumpkin stem, then spray-paint the pumpkin red; let dry. Paint dots with white crafts paint; let dry. Paint a furniture leg or foot with white crafts paint; let dry. For the tall mushroom, carve a hole where the stem was so the leg can fit inside. For the short mushroom, just place the pumpkin on top of the foot. Add a few dabs of glue to secure each pumpkin. Paint: Ketchup by Montana Gold; Crafts paint: Martha Stewart Crafts satin acrylic crafts paint in wedding cake, $2 for 2 ounces, michaels.com; Wood foot and leg: Beech-Birch-Hickory Classic 1 7/8"-tall wood bun foot, $3, and Waddell Mixed Round Taper 5 1/2"-tall wood table leg, $4, both lowes.com

Googly Eyes

Hot-glue two googly eyes to the top of a pumpkin. Repeat with other pumpkins, then set them in teacups so the eyes peek out. Googly eyes: Accent Design googly wiggle eyes, $1.50 for a set of 42, createforless.com

Donuts

Break off and discard the pumpkin stem, then paint the entire pumpkin cream; let dry. Paint the “icing” on top of the pumpkin; let dry. For “sprinkles,” glue bugle beads onto the top using crafts glue. Crafts paint: FolkArt premium acrylic paint in warm white (cream “cake”), tickled pink (pink “icing”), and asphaltum (brown “icing”), $2 for 2 ounces, plaidonline.com; Beads: For a similar look, try Czech glass bugle beads, $3 for a mixed set of 330, simplypie.etsy.com.