More pumpkins today, and these personality-packed Pumpkin Cubes are fun for everyone! Gather the family, a Scout troop, classroom, or even your bunco club and have each person make a Pumpkin Cube. Then, stack them up for a whimsical display. Designer Kathleen George shares a pattern for some of her favorite jack-‘o-lantern faces, but you can DIY your own, too. Kathleen uses fabric to make these Pumpkin Cubes, and if you prefer, use scrapbook paper instead.
To make Stacking Pumpkin Cubes, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” cubes (or other cube sizes of your choice)*
- Acrylic craft paint in white and black OR opaque markers (for faces)
- Mod Podge, matte finish
- Fabric or scrapbook paper:
- Orange and yellow prints, 10” x 14” piece per pumpkin
- Scraps of green and brown
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; ruler; liner paintbrush; sponge paintbrush; transfer paper; optional: double-sided iron-on adhesive and iron.
To make Stacking Pumpkin Cubes:
1. Cover the foam cube with fabric (or paper):
- Center and glue a 3-1/2” square to the top and bottom of a foam cube.
- Clip corners diagonally, almost to the cube. Fold down and glue excess fabric to the cube.
- Wrap a 3” x 13” strip of fabric (or paper) around the cube and glue in place.
- Let glue dry.
2. Brush a coat of Mod Podge onto the foam cube. This preps the fabric for painting. Let dry.
3. Poke a small hole in center top of each pumpkin. To make the stem, tightly roll up a 1-1/2” square of brown fabric. Insert and glue in the hole. Cut off top of stem at a 45° angle.
4. To make the leaves, fuse together two pieces of green fabric. Cut out leaves. Pinch ends together, and using scissors point, push ends into pumpkin next to stem. Add a dab of glue.
5. Paint faces onto the pumpkin cubes. You can use the patterns and transfer paper to mark the pumpkins first, or create your own faces.
Because you can never have too many pumpkins, here are a few more pumpkins to DIY.
Have you been to the pumpkin patch yet? The apple orchards and garden centers have their pumpkins on display, but I’ve not yet brought any home. Have you?
Happy pumpkin crafting!