This is only the first of three pumpkin carvings I plan to do for Halloween this year, but it’s the only one complex enough to deserve its own tutorial. That being said, it’s still pretty simple to do, if not a but time consuming, but I think the results were definitely worth the time put into it. And best of all, it requires very, very little carving skills! Which is good, because I don’t have any. ;)
- tall pumpkin
- large spoon
- pen/pencil & paper
- got glue gun
- floral wire
1. cut top // 2. remove guts // 3. sketch design // 4. tape design // 5. trace // 6. carve
STEP 2: ATTACH EARS
I used the triangles that I cut out for the eyes to make the lion’s ears by attaching them to the sides of the pumpkin with toothpicks.
STEP 3: ATTACH LEAVES
1. use a small screw driver to drill holes around the face // 2. stick the stems of the leaves through the holes // 3. continue around the entire pumpkin, making 2-3 rows of leaves // 4. stick a piece of floral wire in the hole behind the leaf // 5. use a dab of hot glue to adhere the wire to the leaf (this will allow you to bend the leaves the way you want around the face) // 6. trim any visible stems inside the pumpkin
STEP 4: DISPLAY
I placed more leaves underneath the pumpkin so the mane looked like it went all the way around the lion’s head. You could also glue them to the bottom of you want to really be sure that they’ll stay in place.
Only 3 more days to Halloween, people! Get excited.