DIY Halloween Decor Ideas: No-Carve Vampire Pumpkin Craft
I'm no domestic goddess by any means, but I do love a good arts and crafts session. While searching for some Halloween décor ideas, I came across this very easy, quick, simple craft- so simple and easy that even I, clumsy as I am could recreate it- a great alternative for those who are 'pumpkin-carving challenged'. It's a great craft because it's so time efficient but the results are totally adorable. Try it today and get the kids involved too!
What you'll need:
- Paring Knife or Good Carving Knife
- Mini Pumpkin
- Permanent Marker
- Plastic Vampire Fangs
- (optional) Paper, scissors, tape, pushpins
First: Make two marks to indicate how wide the mouth opening should be. I used the width of the fangs to measure this out. Create the outline of the mouth. Have fun with the height of the mouth, the fangs are flexible and pretty wide. It's important to remember to cut smaller at first, then adjust to your desired size.
Second: Cut along the outline. This is the 'adult-only' portion of the craft. Be sure to be careful with that knife! You'll then be able to easily pop out this portion.
Third: Clear out some of the excess flesh of the pumpkin. You don't need to get too into the pumpkin flesh- most of this won't be visible. Next, slide in those vamp fangs!
Make sure to give your pumpkin vampire some eyes! You have complete creative control with the eyes, if you want, you can use pushpins for eyes or draw eyes on paper and tape them on. I opted for small little beady black eyes drawn on with a permanent marker.
After trying this out on my first pumpkin, I thought it would be cute on those mini gourds you can find at the corner store or super market. Love the results!
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Hehehe how cute!!
The mini one is too cute! I never carve pumpkins (except when I was really little - my mom would do most of it lol) cause its always been too messy but this is a great idea.
Haha! Love the mini ones.
I love these pumpkins! I always looked at the little ones cause they're so cute but I never knew what to do with them. Excellent idea. I love to carve silhouette pumpkins (the ones where you don't cut all the way thru) and my husband and I usually do one each every Halloween. Cat faces are my fav and I've done quite a few over the years. Last year we did a matching set from the movie The Corpse Bride. They're great fun- we put in a 100w light bulb and that really makes the image carved in the pumpkin pop! Oooooo, super spooky!!
LOVE this! So cute! I never would have thought to turn my pumpkin into a vampire, very creative. Definitely trying this!
LOVE it! I love the annual pumpkin carving season (mainly for the homemade roasted pumpkin seeds) but I still haven't got around to it yet. This is my route this year if I'm pressed for time, I always display a pumpkin outside my front door to indicate I have treats for tricksters! ;)
The best thing I've found to use is those carving kits they came out
@Takoda - I love crazy craved pumpkins! I think they are as good if not better than crazy Christmas lights! I am totally all thumbs when it comes to craving though- I admit I got a little bit of help on this one... *shhh lol
Nice job Alex. I love to carve our pumpkin every year and I usually good
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