How to Make a Pumpkin Family on Your Fall Porch

Greet trick or treaters with pumpkin versions of your family in this snowman-like, gourd family fall crafting project. 


This fall craft is just the thing to get your yard in the fall spirit. Gather some natural objects for decorating and for facial features: We used almonds, carrots, pearberries, pear leaves, pine cones, oak leaves, and more for eyes, ears, noses, mouths, and hair. The whole family will love this gourd family project.

What You'll Need


  • Two dozen 6-inch skewers
  • Wax pencil
  • Pumpkin-carving saw
  • Toothpicks
  • Staples
  • Waxed twine
  • Round wood gouge
  • Pumpkins


  1. To make the bodies, select pumpkins in a range of sizes, stack, and secure them to one another with skewers.

  2. To make the faces, trace the object you will use for each feature onto the pumpkin with a wax pencil, then cut and scoop out a slightly smaller opening. Lay the object on the opening, and press to wedge it in. Poke holes for small objects such as twigs and leaf stems using skewers or toothpicks. Then push in staples to hold the hair, such as dad's comb-over.

  3. For the father's glasses, twist a two-foot-long twig; tie it in place through the lenses with waxed twine. For the mother's apron, tie Swiss chard onto twine.

  4. For the child's hat, an adult should cut a small pumpkin in half horizontally and scallop the edge of the top using the wood gouge.

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