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Mini Pumpkin Creatures

A witch's curse didn't shrink these pumpkins; they come in size small. Their petite portions are sure to appeal to little kids, who can find everything they need to decorate them around the house.

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Fall 2005

Introduction

With Mom or Dad's help, use regular-size pumpkin-carving tools to cut eyes and other features, or create expressions with paper or twine. While larger jack-o'-lanterns keep watch on the porch, these mini pumpkin creatures can be perched anywhere -- on top of a dresser, tucked in a bookshelf, or along a windowsill. Use a second mini pumpkin or paper cup for a body to give them greater stature, and they just might scare visitors out of their rinds.

A carved scare-cob stands guard with a yellow plastic pitchfork in hand.

steps

  1. For outfit and arms, cut 11 pieces of construction paper in a corn-ear shape Download our template for the corn-ear.

  2. Use two for arms: Twist ends; wrap with waxed twine for hands.

  3. Use dried Indian corn, available at crafts stores, for body; cut off ends so it stands upright. Pin outfit and then arms to top with straight pins. Cut hole slightly smaller than top of corn in bottom of pumpkin; fit corn in hole. Tape fork in place.

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