How to Carve and Decorate Faux Pumpkins

Learn fun ways to decorate faux pumpkins: by carving, using card stock or drawing with markers.
Foam-Decorated Pumpkin

Foam-Decorated Pumpkin

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Materials and Tools:

foam pumpkins
permanent marker
card stock (optional)
low tack painter's tape (optional)
battery-operated tea light
craft foam
foam glue
craft paint
embellishments (feathers, pompoms, etc.)
vase or urn


1. Carving a foam pumpkin: Draw a face on your pumpkin. You can either freehand a design or create a pattern on card stock and tape it to the pumpkin to trace.

2. Carve out the face with a knife, cutting away your pen marks. Cut the top off of the pumpkin.

3. Use only battery-operated tea lights inside of foam pumpkins, as they can be flammable.

4. Make a glitzy pumpkin witch: Paint a face on your pumpkin and add glitter. Embellish the pumpkin with things like feathers, pompoms, etc.

5. Line the rim of a vase or urn with feathers and set the pumpkin on top.

6. Create a crazy foam face pumpkin: Cut shapes from craft foam and use foam glue to stick them to the pumpkin.

7. Have your child sign the bottom of the pumpkin for a holiday heirloom that will last for years.

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