Halloween is right around the corner and I’m trying to do better with planning ahead so I decided to tackle our pumpkin decorating this weekend. I am not the craftiest of women so I scrolled through Pinterest looking for a beginners level project. I came across a DIY “woodland no-carve pumpkins for kids” (via simpleasthatblog.com) that featured three pumpkins decorated to mimic a fox, a raccoon, and an owl.
Super cute, right? Plus, I love the idea that my four year old can help with the project. She’s at an age that she loves to help so deciding to carve a pumpkin with her would ultimately result in hurt feelings from her or an anxiety attack for me. I imagine I’d be saying “No. Just Wait. Mommy has to do this part. No, you will cut yourself. Just Wait” (insert her hurt feelings here), or I’d be cringing as she wielding a carving tool trying to prove to me that she can do it by herself (insert my anxiety attack here).
But these sweet woodland animals were the perfect combination of toddler-friendly and fall festive. I’m not one to boast but I must say mine are pretty darn close to the Pinterest ones.
- Three pumpkins (One per look)
- Acrylic multi-purpose paint (double check its multi-purpose)
- Felt in cream, white, black, and orange.
- Foam brushes
- Black Sharpie
- 2-Wooden Skewers
- Glue Gun
Time: About 3 hours*
Cost: $22.00 (I already had paint brushes, the sharpie, glue gun, and the skewers)
- I purchased three carvable pumpkins from a local craft store (Think A.C Moore’s or Michaels). We do “fake” pumpkins so that I can plan ahead without worrying about pumpkin rot between when I have time to decorate and when Halloween rolls around. Because the fox is orange and the pumpkin is also orange it is the easiest to complete as no painting is required for his “body”.
- Paint the body of the racoon or the owl and set aside to dry. If you purchase a multi purpose acrylic paint you should only need to do 2-3 coats to hide any orange. I attempted the racoon and the owl at the same time so I painted both bodies of each animal and then would work on the felt shapes while they dried. After the tops of my pumpkins were dried I used plastic cups to hold the pumpkins upside down (stem inside the glass) as a stand while I painted the bottom of the pumpkins.
- For the shapes, i.e. the tails, ears, faces, etc. I drew the shapes onto the felt with a pencil first. Using items easily found in my kitchen to help me. For instance, the same cups I used as pumpkin stands also doubled as the outline for the owl eyes (smallest end). If I could not find a shape, for instance the raccoon paws, I just “eyeballed” it.
- Once the pumpkins are nice and dry I attached the felt pieces onto the pumpkins with a glue gun.
- For the tails of the fox and the raccoon I used a wooden skewer glued to the back side of the tail that extended itself behind the pumpkin to keep the tail erect. There may be an easier way to achieve this look but I used items that were readily available to me already in my kitchen.
- PRESTO!!! Three cute woodland animals in no time.
The most time-consuming part of the project was waiting for the paint to dry to recoat or complete touch ups but this truly was super simple. Take it from me, I can ruin almost any craft project I try, just when I was starting to loose hope that Pinterest DIY’s were not for me I became Pinteresting after all.
- Written by Lisa Gantt
Co-host, The Couch with Kristin & Lisa