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Project

Funkin Witch Carousel

Introduction

Turn a Funkin into a frightfully fun spinning witch carousel you can use for Halloween year after year.

Materials

  • Witch template
  • Printer
  • Plain printer paper
  • Pencil
  • Funkin
  • Utility knife
  • Pumpkin carving tools
  • 1/4-inch dowel cut into three 12-inch pieces
  • Craft glue
  • Paint brush
  • Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
  • Decorative moss
  • Black and orange glitter
  • Battery-powered light
  • Motorized lazy Susan (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Print the witch template on plain printer paper. To transfer the design onto the Funkin, shade the back of the template with a pencil. Place the template onto the Funkin, shaded side down, and trace the witch outline with a sharp pencil. Repeat to create 3 witch outlines on the Funkin.

  2. Step 2

    Draw a scalloped line around the top and bottom of the Funkin. Spin the Funkin to create a line all the way around.Tip: Rest your elbow, then your wrist on the table as you hold the pencil in place on the Funkin.

  3. Step 3

    Lightly trace the lines and shapes you have drawn with a utility knife.

  4. Step 4

    Fully carve the top, bottom, and witch silhouettes from pumpkin.

  5. Step 5

    Paint glue onto pumpkin top and bottom and glitter with orange glitter. Glitter the witch silhouettes with black glitter.

  6. Step 6

    Using a hot-glue gun, attach the three witch cutouts to center of dowels. Gouge three 1/4-inch holes into the base of the Funkin, evenly spaced around the center and equidistant from the center and edge.

  7. Step 7

    Insert dowels into holes and secure with hot glue. Place scalloped top on top of dowels, using more hot glue to hold it in place.

  8. Step 8

    Fill bottom of Funkin with moss, and place a battery-powered light inside. Place Funkin on a motorized lazy Susan if you would like it to spin.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, October 2008

Reviews (13)

  • bookiewubby 30 Oct, 2008

    I got my motorized turntable at http://www.sportcraftcars.com/display_turntables.htm
    They have 3 sizes. I got the 8 in diameter one....They hold up to 4 lbs....I think they turn clockwise so if they do, you need to cut out the witch's facing to the left...not to the right....I emailed Lisa (the pumpkin lady)...She said they had to rewire the turntable used on the show to turn counterclockwise....She also said that we could use shorter more rounded funkin,s...but you need to reduce the size of your witch's. She said the funkin used on the show was #8...you can also use a #2...or a shorted more rounded one.....

  • bookiewubby 30 Oct, 2008

    Hi...Everyone..The funkin is about 13 inches tall. There is a Funkin website, prices are very high though. You can also get them at Joann's 50% off, in my area
    You can order the glitter at MarthaStewart.com under Craft Supples..Glitter or at Michaels Crafts.....
    Now !!!!! For me,Does anyone know where I can I get the light to go in the pumpkin?

  • bookiewubby 30 Oct, 2008

    Hi...Everyone..The funkin is about 13 inches tall. There is a Funkin website, prices are very high though. You can also get them at Joann's 50% off, in my area
    You can order the glitter at MarthaStewart.com under Craft Supples..Glitter or at Michaels Crafts.....
    Now !!!!! For me,Does anyone know where I can I get the light to go in the pumpkin?

  • bookiewubby 30 Oct, 2008

    Hi...Everyone..The funkin is about 13 inches tall. There is a Funkin website, prices are very high though. You can also get them at Joann's 50% off, in my area
    You can order the glitter at MarthaStewart.com under Craft Supples..Glitter or at Michaels Crafts.....
    Now !!!!! For me,Does anyone know where I can I get the light to go in the pumpkin?

  • bookiewubby 30 Oct, 2008

    Hi...Everyone..The funkin is about 13 inches tall. There is a Funkin website, prices are very high though. You can also get them at Joann's 50% off, in my area
    You can order the glitter at MarthaStewart.com under Craft Supples..Glitter or at Michaels Crafts.....
    Now !!!!! For me,Does anyone know where I can I get the light to go in the pumpkin?

  • bookiewubby 30 Oct, 2008

    Hi...Everyone..The funkin is about 13 inches tall. There is a Funkin website, prices are very high though. You can also get them at Joann's 50% off, in my area
    You can order the glitter at MarthaStewart.com under Craft Supples..Glitter or at Michaels Crafts.....
    Now !!!!! For me,Does anyone know where I can I get the light to go in the pumpkin?

  • Diamond235 29 Oct, 2008

    I found my funkin at joann fabrics.

  • 465ladybug 29 Oct, 2008

    great idea i loved this design it was great for the family

  • myurlislorismith 29 Oct, 2008

    can someone give me an estimate on how tall the funkin is and where i could buy them online? thanks. if i start now, i will be done by 2009 halloween :)

  • Diamond235 29 Oct, 2008

    Where do you get the motorized lazy susan?????

  • audge 28 Oct, 2008

    I found in at Michael's craft store in the Martha Stewart aisle in Michigan today.

  • audge 28 Oct, 2008

    I found in at Michael's craft store in the Martha Stewart aisle in Michigan today.

  • angelart 27 Oct, 2008

    I cannot find the fire opal or onxy glitter for my witch carousel, please send me thr link so that I can order it. THank you Misty