October is one of my favorite times of the year. The weather begins to cool, and Halloween is on the horizon. I love decorating and getting in the spirit of the season, and carving pumpkins is one of the ways many folks choose to celebrate. I’m not a fan of carving. It always seems to take forever, and mine never turn out as good as the tutorials. Thankfully, the “no carve” trend has been popular in the last few years, and I couldn’t wait to make a no-carve Tinkerbell-inspired pumpkin with Mackenzie.
No Carve Tinkerbell Inspired Pumpkin
I’ll admit to not being a craft blogger. That’s just not my thing. However, my girls both had a school project that involved creating a pumpkin based on a book character, so off to Pinterest I went. There wasn’t a ton of inspiration out there for Tinkerbell, so we looked at a few ideas and came up with our own. Here’s what you’ll need:
Tinkerbell Pumpkin Supplies
- White craft pumpkin
- Glitter Spray Paint (ours was Krylon Citrus Glitter Spray)
- Yellow yarn
- Glitter Foam Paper
- Craft Sticks
- Scrap Paper
- Painters Tape
- Hot glue & hot glue gun
- Blue ribbon/rubber band/ponytail holder, etc.
No Carve Tinkerbell Pumpkin Directions
Start the entire process by tapping off your pumpkin. My taping was not perfect, but I attempted to form a “v” shape on the front and back so it was similar to her dress.
Then you’ll want to start spraying the paint. I let Mackenzie help somewhat with this process, but I was also wary of her staining her clothes or spraying too much in one area, so she did small parts of it While you’re waiting for the pumpkin to try, trace the wing shape on the foam paper. We chose silver glitter foam and white glitter foam. In hindsight, I would have done more intricate patterns on the wings, but this was supposed to be a first-grade project, after all, not mine. I free-handed the shape of the wings based on a few pictures I saw, and Mackenzie cut them out. Next, insert a craft stick between the layers of the wings. Glue the wings together and set aside. Check to see that the glitter paint is dry. Add another coat if needed, and make sure you let it dry between coats. Once dry, use hot glue to attach wings to the back of the pumpkin.
As the hot glue is setting, ball up a fist full of yarn (yes, I know it’s not a “measurement,” but this part doesn’t have to be perfect) for the hair. Trim edges short and use a blue rubber band, ribbon, etc. to hold the hair together. Set on top of the pumpkin stem and hot glue for extra hold. Bonus tip: Draw on “cutie” eyes if your child is obsessed with them like mine is!
While this project was about a 50/50 split on work, there were some things I just didn’t let Mackenzie do. Anything that involved hot glue was out. She could help me place the items, but I reserved the use of the hot glue gun for myself. The hair was also another issue for us. It was difficult for her to hold a fist full of the yarn since her hand was so much smaller than mine. Feel free to use something other than yarn if you like (that’s what I found on sale at the craft store)!