Foam pumpkins used in decorating make a lot of sense since they won’t rot and you can use them for many years. Recently I have carved these foam pumpkins in creative ways using a Hotknife.
In this post I am sharing how I carved one of the foam pumpkins to become a pumpkin purse. I have also posted how to carve a foam pumpkin into a Pumpkin Candy Jar and another I carved my house address numbers and placed it on my front porch. When you place a battery operated candle inside the carved numbers light up.
I have never been a scary ghoulish Halloween fan, I have always liked the cheery smiling pumpkin and happy black cat side of the season.
That didn’t change much when I had two daughters who always wanted to be pretty princesses or cute animals when they were little. I used to make their costumes and either bought or made their tote to carry their candy haul home in.
So when Michaels sent me 3 foam pumpkins to create pumpkin carving ideas using a hot knife, my mind went immediately to cute and pretty.
If you haven’t seen these foam pumpkins at Michaels you will be amazed at how real they look until you pick them up. You expect them to be heavy, but they are lightweight and hollow. A hot knife cuts through them like butter, making carving them a breeze.
You might remember the monogram wreath I made last Fall using a hot knife. It is an amazing tool that allows you to cut with precision quickly.
To make the pumpkin tote or as my daughters used to call their Halloween totes – a pumpkin purse… you will need to gather these materials.
I found all the supplies to make the purse at Michaels.
- Foam pumpkin – I used the medium size
- Hot knife
- Purse handles – I used two, but one will work
- Cat mask
- Ribbon – 16 inches
- Silver button or clip-on earring, two silver beads
- Large-eye sewing needle
- Orange craft paint and glitter
- Paint brush
- Small piece of sandpaper or a nail file
- 4” piece of wire or a paperclip
- Wire cutters and point nose pliers
- Refill blades are available to buy separately also.
1. Place the handles where you want them to go. Make sure you leave a big enough space to create a circle on the top of the pumpkin to cut out the lid so candy can go into the hollow pumpkin.
2. Mark the hole placement with a marking pen.
3. Use an awl to make the holes in the pumpkin.
4. Rough up the smooth surface on the purse handles with sandpaper. Clean off the sanding grit and then paint the handles with orange craft paint.
5. Sorry no photo of this step: Right after you apply a second coat of paint, sprinkle orange glitter over the wet paint. Let dry. Flip handles and repeat the process on the other side.
6. Place the mask on the pumpkin making sure it is centered and aligned with where the handles are going to go. Use a marking pen to trace the inside of the eyes on to the pumpkin.
7. Cut them out with the hot knife. Cut a circle in the top of the pumpkin to create the removable lid.
Foam Pumpkin Carving TIP:
- Use a small piece of sandpaper or a nail file to smooth the cut edge of the foam or plastic pumpkin.
8. Thread an 8-inch piece of ribbon through a large-eyed sewing needle. Push it into one hole and through the pumpkin. Use a pair of pliers to help get it through.
9. Then put the needle in the other hole on the same side working from the inside to the outside of the pumpkin to weave the ribbon through. Repeat the process with the other 8” section of ribbon on the other side of the pumpkin.
10. To attach the handles: Place them together and thread the ends of the ribbon through the handle holes.
11. The ribbon will look like this as each end goes through the holes on the handles. Once each end is through, make sure there is an equal amount of ribbon on each side of the handle. Pull taut and tie in a double knot under the handles.
12. Clip the ends of the ribbon into an inverted “V”.
13. To stop the elastic on the mask from rolling off the pumpkin. Use a paper clip (open it to a “U” shape) or a piece of wire to hold the elastic in place. The tip of the wire will go right through the pumpkin. Once both ends are on the inside of the pumpkin – twist them to secure and cut off the excess with wire cutters.
14. Clip a silver earring on the mask to create a nose. To attach the moving silver eye beads – thread a needle with black thread and knot one end. Place the needle through the hole in the bead until the knot is inside the bead. You may have to push it in with another needle. Don’t pull the knot out of the other hole on the bead. Attach the hanging bead by sewing it to the center top of each eye.
You cannot place real candles in foam pumpkins. I used a battery operated tea light to light the purse to use as a decoration when it is not holding candy.
Disclosure: Michaels provided foam pumpkins, a hot craft knife, and a gift card to purchase supplies for my pumpkin crafts. They asked that I blog about what I made. My opinions are entirely my own.