Are you throwing a fun Halloween bash? Do you want some cute (and easy and practically free) favors for your guests? Or how about some yummy table centerpieces? Well, check out these cuties.
Here’s the How:
Sorry, there aren’t a lot of process photos, this project was kind of a two-hand deal.
– Paint chip samples (hit up your local Wal-Mart, Lowe’s or Home Depot)
– Wooden Skewers (got a big bag at Wal-Mart for $1)
– Hot glue gun
– Scissors or paper cutter
– Filler Candy (I used candy corn, as it fit nicely between the small spaces)
1) Begin by cutting your paint samples in half. Mine had five colors on them and I just cut them right in half. Otherwise your pumpkins will be really big (and take a lot of candy to fill).
2) I poked holes in my paint samples near the middle at both the top and the bottom with a straight pin (like you use for sewing) and slid them onto the skewer. Do all the bottoms first and then all the tops. (I cut my skewers in thirds, eventually. It’s easier to slide the paint chips on the skewers if you have the pointy end to help out.)
3) Slide the paint chips up the skewer until you have the stem of the pumpkin the length you want it (the bottom of the paint samples should be approximately 1/3 of the way down from the dull end of the skewer). Cut your skewer down just below the paint chips. Use a small dab of hot glue on the end of the skewer to keep the paint samples from coming off. You don’t need to have the glue on the paint chips. If you do, arrange them into the pumpkin shape before you glue.
4) If you haven’t already, fan out your paint samples so they make a circle. Secure the top of the samples with hot glue to the skewer, if necessary. Most of my pumpkins didn’t need glue on the top, but a few had a hard time holding their shape.
5) Slide the paint samples apart just enough to stick the candy corn inside your pumpkin. I found this to be the easiest way for me. You could fill them before you push the tops of the samples onto your skewer.
You could also add some felt leaves and little green curly wires if you want to get real fancy… but, I didn’t have time.