Here’s some half term, Halloween-inspired making fun for little ones – a set of oh-so-sweet no carve pumpkin animals inspired by our Forest Animals print. Customise your bunny, snail and hedgehog with different coloured paint and decorations, then use them to welcome Trick or Treaters to your home this Halloween.
These sweet little woodland creatures are super easy for little hands to make. We used acrylic paint to paint them because it covers really well, but this part should be done by an adult. Once dry, we used double-sided tape for attaching most of the body pieces because it sticks instantly and is mess-free!
You will need
A4 card in pink, white, blue, brown and black
Three small pumpkins
Pink, blue and grey acrylic paint, plus paintbrushes
Black felt tip pen
Thick coloured marker pen
Select your pumpkins carefully – small, round ones with smooth surfaces work best. Give them a good clean with soapy water and dry thoroughly to ensure the paint adheres well.
To make the bunny
Remove and discard the stalk from the pumpkin, if there is one, and paint it pink. Whilst it’s drying, cut out the face and body pieces from pink, white and black card using the templates provided. Also cut out six thin strips of black card for the whiskers, measuring about 2mm x 5cm.
Glue the white inner ears inside the outer ears using a glue stick (1.) Attach double-sided tape to the tab indicated on the outer ear and fold over. Attach the ears to the top of the pumpkin (2.) Cover the back of the tummy piece with tape, then cut a slit where shown. The slit will allow you to fold the card round the curves of the pumpkin. Stick the tummy onto the pumpkin, lining up the bottom of the tummy with the bottom of the pumpkin (3.) Attach the arms onto the pumpkin, facing in towards the tummy, using double-sided tape. You can curl them in a little if necessary. Attach the legs on each side too, with the feet just touching the ground (4.)
Stick on the eyes and nose – strong glue is probably easier for this as they are a little fiddly. Finally, attach the ends of the whiskers next to the nose.
To make the the snail
Remove and discard the stalk from the pumpkin if there is one, and paint it blue. Cut the body pieces from blue card using the template provided and glue the two head pieces together, keeping the tabs unglued. Repeat for the tail (1.) Draw a little smile and some eyes onto the head piece using a black felt tip pen (2.)
Attach double sided tape to the tabs of both the head and tail pieces and stick them on either side of the pumpkin (3.) Finally, using permanent coloured pen, add a little swirl onto the pumpkin to make it look more like a snail shell (4.)
To make the hedgehog
Paint the pumpkin grey, but leave the stalk unpainted. Once dry, use a sharp knife to cut through the pumpkin just under the stalk to give a it a flat base (1.) Scoop out all the seeds and middle section of the pumpkin to give the hedgehog a longer shelf life (2.)
Use the templates to cut out the ears, eyes and spikes from brown card. Glue on eyes cut from black card, then fold the tabs for the ears where indicated and tape to the pumpkin (3.) Tape the spikes onto the body, starting from the back. Wrap them around the pumpkin and cut away any loose ends. Finally, curl the ends of the spikes up a little, to make the hedgehog more spiny (4.)
Fancy trying your hand at carving a more grown up take on the classic Halloween pumpkin? Take a look at our amazing London scene lantern here. You’ll find even more crafty projects for kids and grown ups, including another take on our cute hedgehog, here on the blog.
With thanks to Little Button Diaries for their clever way with a pumpkin!