Halloween Kids’ Craft: Adorable Pet Pumpkins

These playful pet pumpkins are a fun, no-carve fall craft. Templates are included to take the guess work out of creating the shapes to make each animal come to life.

These sweet and playful pet pumpkins are a fun, no-carve fall craft. Templates are included to take the guess work out of creating the shapes to make each animal come to life.

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

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Materials Needed

  • artificial pumpkins
  • acrylic craft paint (black, gray and yellow)
  • 1-1/2” flat brush
  • 3 x 5 card stock in desired colors (white, black, pink, orange and gray were used for this project)
  • felt (white and yellow)
  • black craft foam
  • two white pipe cleaners
  • yellow craft feathers
  • pencil
  • black permanent marker
  • small black and white pom-poms, 6 of each color
  • sharp scissors
  • hole punch
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks

Paint Pumpkins

With a flat 1-1/2” paint brush, apply acrylic craft paint to pumpkins. Two coats may be required. Allow pumpkins to dry completely. Tip: Use colors that match the coloring of your pet to personalize this project. 

Step 1:Paint Pumpkins

Step 1:Paint Pumpkins

With a flat 1.5â paint brush, apply acrylic craft paint to pumpkins. Two coats may be required. Allow pumpkins to dry completely. Tip: Use colors that match the coloring of your pet to personalize this project!

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Trace and Cut Animal Pieces

While pumpkins are drying, cut out cat/rabbit (Image 2) and bird (Image 3) templates and use them to trace shapes onto assigned material (cardstock or felt in specified color.) Cut out shapes with a sharp pair of scissors. Use a hole punch for the rabbit’s eyes. Tip: Use smaller scissors for fine detailed cutting and small features, like the cat’s nose. 

Glue Layered Features

Use hot glue to assemble animal features that are layered, like the cat’s eyes. Use a small amount of hot glue to prevent squeeze-out. 

Step 3: Glue Layered Features

Step 3: Glue Layered Features

Use hot glue to assemble animal features that are layered, like the cat’s eyes. Use a small amount of hot glue to prevent squeeze-out.

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Add Additional Details

Use a black permanent marker to draw a mouth on the cat and pupils on the bird’s eyes (Image 1). Cut two white pipe cleaners into thirds (or about 2” long pieces). Add a dab of hot glue to each end and stick onto the cat’s face (Image 2). 

Attach Features

Use hot glue to affix facial features onto each pumpkin pet (Image 1). Pinch the ends of 6-8 yellow craft feathers together and add a dab of hot glue. While glue is still hot, stick onto bird pumpkin, just in front of the stem. Hold in place and allow to cool (Image 2). 

Add Card Stock Elements

To give pet pumpkins more dimension, cut and fold card stock pieces for the cat ears, rabbit ears and bird’s beak (Images 1-3). Cut, fold, apply glue to tabs and secure to pumpkin, holding in place until glue cools (Image 4). 

Cut & Glue Cat’s Tail and Add Feet

Cut a cat’s tail shape out of black craft foam (Image 1) and secure to back of cat pumpkin with hot glue (Image 2). Also, hot glue six small pom-poms to the base of both the cat and rabbit pumpkin, three for each front paw. Glue on bird’s cardstock feet. Tip: Since these pumpkins are embellished with felt and paper, use them inside or on a covered porch (Images 3 and 4). 

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