You’ve found the perfect pumpkin. As you gaze upon your lovely orange squash, which you got for $3.99 this year (a little pricey)! Don’t spend another year of carving that same-old toothless smile and triangle eyes and nose. This year do something a little different with your pumpkins. Why not dazzle them up! It’s easy to do. All you need is some beads, a glue gun, and a little creativity!
Before you begin you need to have a plan! Begin looking on websites offering free pumpkin carving patterns such as DLTK-Holidays.com. Find a pattern you like where you can incorporate both carving and beads. That way you have a nighttime and daytime masterpiece.
Next, you need to find some beads. You can find any type of beads at your local craft store. Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and Joann’s have aisles dedicated to beads. It is best to use acrylic or plastic beads because they are more durable and cheap. When applying the beads you will need a glue gun, which also can be purchased at a craft store for under $5. If you want the kiddos to apply the beads then tacky glue will work too, just make sure to let it dry well after your done.
If you are not the gluing-type then another option is to purchase gemmed designs already assembled from Target and/or Wal-Mart (the spider design pictured above was purchased from Target). These gems are on sticky paper which can simply be removed and applied to your pumpkin.
Okay! You have your idea/pattern, beads, glue gun and/or tacky glue, carving tools (purchase those at Target and/or Wal-Mart), black pen/marker, scissors, clear tape, large spoon, and your pumpkin! Let’s begin!
1. Print out your pattern ,then cut it out. Next, tape it to your pumpkin and trace it with a black marker or pen. Be sure to draw your circle around the steam as well.
2. Next, cut out the circle around the steam. Make sure to cut it out at an angle so it will create a nice lid. Once the top is removed then begin to pull out all the seeds and string with a large spoon. Use the spoon to scrape as much off the sides as possible.
3. Once all the goop is removed then begin to carve out the pattern you’ve traced previously.
4. After you’ve carved out your pattern then it is time to apply your beads. Use the glue gun and apply each bead to compliment your carved pattern. For example, place some beads as earrings on the pirate pattern or create a nice bow on your witch. After your glue dries then, voila! Your pumpkin is done!
Take some pictures of the kids with their dazzled pumpkins. Then set it out for the neighborhood to see.
They’ll be dazzled!