Halloween is only weeks away, and if you’re looking for a darling way to decorate, you’re going to love this easy (and cute!) DIY project. You can whip up these kooky creatures in a few simple steps—so get the kids, grab the glue gun and get going.
- Small, artificial pumpkins (ours were made of foam, which made them easy to cut into)
- X-Acto knife
- Black pipe cleaners
- Black craft foam
- Black spray paint
- White cardstock (for the eyes!)
- Black marker
- Glue gun
Step 1: Spray and Dry
We thought matte spray paint fit the occasion best, so that’s what we sprayed our pumpkins with… but glossy works too! Cover your pumpkins completely with the spray paint and then leave them overnight to dry. Tip: using artificial pumpkins will keep your creatures from rotting, and will leave you with less of a mess to clean up.
Step 2: Wings and Eyeballs (Ew!)
Cut out your wings and create your eyes. We gave each little character their own expression: one scary, one sleepy and one silly! Feel free to get creative here. As for the bat wings, we drew a pattern into the foam, folded the foam in half and cut it out over two layers so the wings were identical.
Aren’t those festive fingernails the cutest?
Step 3: Flight and Sight
Use your X-Acto knife to cut a slit into the sides of your pumpkin. The slit should be the same length as the base of your bat wing. Once the base lines up with the slit, use the glue gun to secure it in place. Next, trim your eyes and use your marker to bring them to life. Now you’ll have flight and sight!
Step 4: Lots of Legs
Count out your pipe cleaners for your spiders and cut them in half (remember, each spider gets eight legs). Gently poke the pipe cleaners into place on the pumpkin, then bend them halfway down to create your legs. After all the legs are in place, glue on the eyes and you’ll be good to go.
See? It’s so easy, it’s scary.