Halloween greetings! Or, how to make a handmade Halloween card

Get ready to pick your perfect pumpkin craft this week, as I’m sharing pumpkin crafts all week long. I worried about rushing the season with the BOO Marquee Lights I featured on Friday, but now that it’s after Labor Day, it’s open season for fall and Halloween crafts. I’m starting with this handmade Halloween card from Patty Schaffer. She’s used wool roving to felt a sweet little jack-‘o-lantern, creating a dimensional, one-of-a-kind Halloween card. Tune in each day this week for more pumpkin crafts from your favorite designers!

DIY this Halloween card with a mini felted pumpkin. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Handmade, Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern Card by Patty Schaffer.

To make a Handmade, Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern Card, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” ball
  • Scrapbook paper, Halloween theme
  • Black cardstock, 2” square
  • Kraft cardstock, 1” x 3” strip
  • Brown ink
  • Sheet moss, tiny bit
  • Wool roving, orange, small amount
  • Mini glue dots
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; wooden skewer; needle felting tool*; optional: scallop edge punch

*Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp – use with caution.

To make a Handmade, Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern Card:

1. Fold in half an 8-½” x 5” piece of paper, creating a 4-¼” wide by 5” high card.

2. Cut a 1-½” x 5” paper strip. Cut a scallop edge along one 5” side. (Patty used a paper punch for this, but you can also cut the edge with scissors.) Adhere the scalloped strip to the front of the card, flush with the fold.

3. Cut the 2” foam ball in half with the serrated knife. Use a wooden skewer to carve sections into one half ball; the sections can be uneven, just like on a real pumpkin.

Adorable, felted pumpkin on a handmade card. CraftsnCoffee.com.

If you changed the papers and left off jack-‘o-lantern face, this card would make a special Thanksgiving greeting.

4. Place a small amount of wool roving on the pumpkin and using the felting needle, felt the roving to the half ball. Carefully work the roving down into the creases. (Caution: Felting needles are extremely sharp!) Once the roving is attached, move on to another section. Felt the front of the pumpkin only, and leave the back uncovered.

5. Cut two eyes, a nose and a mouth from the black cardstock to make a jack-o-lantern face. Adhere the face pieces to the pumpkin using mini glue dots.

6. Glue a tiny piece of sheet moss to the top of the pumpkin where the stem will go.

7. To make the pumpkin stem, rip a ½” x 2-½” piece of Kraft cardstock. Apply brown ink to the torn edge and then roll up the strip, creating the stem. Use mini glue dots to hold the stem together. Glue the stem to the top of the pumpkin, pressing it into the sheet moss.

8. Center and glue the pumpkin along the bottom of the card.

It’s an all-pumpkin line up this week on Crafts ‘n Coffee, and here’s a preview of what’s to come.

Lots of great pumpkin crafts on Crafts 'n Coffee! CraftsnCoffee.com. See you tomorrow!

Happy pumpkin crafting.


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10 Responses to Halloween greetings! Or, how to make a handmade Halloween card

  1. LisaM6 says:

    What a great fun pumpkin card.

  2. Sar Tann says:

    This is REALLY cute!

  3. Loving the adorable pumpkin!!! TFS!

  4. brenda says:

    there is enough criticism about rushing the season to last a couple of lifetimes. In the crafting art DIY worlds one must have this sort of tutorial info well in advance for preparation and scheduling ones time to do these things so your submission is right on time as well as quite lovely.
    thank you

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, Brenda! It’s a juggling act for everyone, isn’t it? And sometimes it does require planning ahead so that you’re not swamped and can enjoy the holiday time. Happy crafting! Sharon

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