A few weeks ago, I posted two foam pumpkin carving ideas. Today, I have one more to share that you can complete before the first Trick or Treater rings your doorbell on Halloween.
You may remember the other two foam pumpkins. For the tall pumpkin, I carved my street address. Then, with the medium size – I made a pumpkin purse. The small one I re-purposed into a footed candy jar.
If the feet look familiar, it is because you may remember seeing them as the original handles on my kitchen cabinets, that I recently replaced. They make perfect feet for a candy dish.
I filled my pumpkin candy jar with candy corn and peanuts. They came already mixed in a bag that I bought in the candy aisle at Target. At first I thought I was just buying candy corn, but soon realized it was a mix. I am not a fan of candy corn and was intrigued if the mixture would taste good? I liked it, but I still didn’t want all the sugar and kinda picked out all the peanuts and ate them, leaving just the the candy corn. Ed on the other hand thought the mix of sweet and salty was pretty good and he told me a few days after I put the candy in the pumpkin that they should really add more nuts to the mix. Shhhhh! “Sorry honey – I had to sheepishly admit that I had picked out most of the peanuts and ate them leaving only the candy corn”. :-)
- Foam pumpkin
- Craft knife or Hotknife
- Black Chalkboard spray paint
- Awl and/or screwdriver
- 5 cabinet knobs and screws – the screws that come with the knobs may be too long. You can get shorter screws very inexpensively at the hardware store
- Fine sandpaper
- Clear glue
1. Cut top of pumpkin with a Hotknife or craft knife to make the lid.
2. Smooth cut edges with fine grit sandpaper. Spray paint pumpkin inside and out with black chalkboard paint and let dry. Apply a second coat if needed.
3. The top of the stem, may be uneven. Use sandpaper to make it level so you can glue a knob to it.
4. Mark where you want the feet to go with a piece of chalk and use an awl or a Philips head screwdriver to punch a hole in the pumpkin for each knob/foot.
5. Remove the screws from the back of each knob.
6. Working from the inside of the pumpkin, place a screw into each hole so the end goes to the outside. Place a knob on each screw and tighten.
When looking into the pumpkin, the heads of the screws will look like this.
7.. Glue a cabinet knob to the top of the stem, let dry. Use chalk to write “candy” on your pumpkin.
8. Fill with candy.