It’s October 31st, everyone! While Lane and Lauren are getting pumped up to hit the sidewalks as a unicorn and kitty tonight, I am finally getting around to sharing this super cute pumpkin craft we made last week. These fun yarn Jack-o-Lanterns are pretty easy to create, but they did take a few days to complete, as we needed a lot of drying time for glue overload!
What you’ll need:
- Clear glue (pour a good amount into small paper bowls).
- Orange yarn
- Green and black fuzzy sticks (I still call them pipecleaners!)
- Googly eyes!
Start by blowing up balloons to your desired size. Hint: the larger the balloon, the longer this craft will take! So, if you have very young children with shorter attention spans, you may want to stay on the smaller size.
Next, cut your yarn into long, but manageable strands. You’ll need a lot! Then, dip individual strands into your bowl of clear glue. Carefully wrap the yarn around your balloon. Repeat until your balloon is substantially covered with yarn, and almost looks basket-like. Lane was really soaking her yarn in the glue, so be sure to work on a protected surface.
Once you’re happy with the look of your “pumpkin,” allow substantial time to dry. Our yarn balloons actually took a couple of days to dry, as the girls used a TON of glue, and we had to rotate the balloons to allow all parts exposure to dry.
When your yarn has dried completely, it’s time to deflate your balloon!
Don’t expect a satisfying POP!, though. We deflated really carefully to avoid damaging the delicate hardened yarn. I cut a small hole near the knot on the balloon, and we watched as the balloon slowly deflated within the yarn. You may need to gently press the balloon through the holes to help push all the air out.
The girls’ tutorial 😍:
The results looked like this:
Finally, it’s time to decorate! Green fuzzy sticks can be shaped into a stem, and googly eyes are strategically placed and secured with hot glue (the girls showed me EXACTLY where to apply the glue for optimal eye placement!). The black fuzzy sticks can be used in so many ways: to create a creepy spider for your pumpkin, a Jack-o-Lantern mouth, etc. Lauren decided her pumpkin would be an “eyeball pumpkin” and opted against giving it a mouth. 🙂 Here are some photos of our finished products!
We’d love to see any Halloween or fall-themed crafts you guys tried this year. Please share in the comments! Have fun trick-or-treating tonight!