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
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.
For outfit and arms, cut 11 pieces of construction paper in a corn-ear shape Download our template for the corn-ear.
Use two for arms: Twist ends; wrap with waxed twine for hands.
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.