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Stacked Pumpkin Skulls

My zucchini plant grew pumpkins. I see that tilted head look of confusion. (You so cute.) Turns out that random vine, growing randomly, in that random spot was not a zucchini but rather a PUMPKIN VINE. My dreams of owning a pumpkin patch finally came true. Thank you Pumpkin Patch Fairy. You have given me the best gift.

With this gift, obviously came a big responsibility. I had to come up with a fun thing to do with this abundance! (I will also cook a bunch of it, no worries friends!) Part of the fun with pumpkins is decorating them! That's when the Stacked Pumpkin Skull came to mind. The proportions seem to lend themselves to a nice skull shape. And for the most part, I think they came out quite nicely! Part of me wants to add a bunch more paint and decorations, similar to a classic Sugar Skull. In the spirit of simplicity, however, I kept with this design.

These guys are a great family collaboration too! Read on!


1. Pie or sugar pumpkins

2. Mini Pumpkins

3. Skewers

4. Serrated knife/ hard cutting surface

5. White acrylice paint

6. Foam brushes

7. Hot glue/gun

8. Garden pickings

9. Black Sharpie


1. Cut off the stem from each pumpkin.

2. Use the pointy end of a skewer to form a pilot hole in the pie pumpkin. Turn the skewer over and stick the blunt end through until you meet resistance. The pointy end should be sticking out of your pie pumpkin. Now push the mini pumpkin down over the pointy skewer end. Trim off excess skewer bit.

3. Apply hot glue as a resist for the eyes and nostrils. This is fun because it peels off! I'll be using this techniqu much more in the future!

4. Paint the skull white.

5. Remove the glue and let paint completely dry. (I'm afraid I messed up the teeth when I impatiently began drawing on them on! I WILL NEVER LEARN)

6. If you end up with any unwanted paint on the eye or nose area, try a dab of rubbing alcohol on a cloth. It should remove it well.

7. Out line the eyes and nose with a black sharpie.

8. Draw on teeth.

9. Using a sharp object like a scissors, metal chopstick or skewer, create pilot holes for the flowers.

10. Place the flowers in, step back and thank the Pumpkin Fairies for all the hard work this year.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Please share our Stacked Pumpkin Skulls far and wide!


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