Make a funny face on these stacking pumpkins

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.

DIY cute pumpkins

Stacking Pumpkin Cubes by Kathleen George.

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.

*Hint: Your local Dollar Tree carries 3” x 4” blocks. You can use this size and easily cut a 1” slice from the block to create a 3” x 3” cube.

DIY cute pumpkins

Follow Kathleen’s patterns, or create your own funny faces.

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.

DIY cute pumpkins

Use paper or fabric to cover the cubes of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

Because you can never have too many pumpkins, here are a few more pumpkins to DIY.

DIY pumpkin crafts

Handmade, Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern Card

Top Hat Jack

Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins

Elegant, No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins

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!


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12 Responses to Make a funny face on these stacking pumpkins

  1. CraftyB says:

    Square pumpkins, how fun! The Jack-o-Lantern faces are just perfect for Halloween.

    • Sharon says:

      I know — it’s fun to have the unexpected cubes used for pumpkins. And I’m so glad Kathleen shared those personality-packed faces with us! Happy crafting! Sharon

  2. Autumn is definitely here! After work this evening the air is crisp and it is cooler weather. Autumn means pumpkins and cute decorations. Love this box pumpkin set. The smiles are so cute. You could choose a large range of emotions. Happy, surprised, romantic, scarey, or even the big “Oh my goodness” look! Thank you for sharing, Sharon!

    • Sharon says:

      All “thanks” for these cute cubes go to designer Kathleen George! She packed so much personality into these pumpkins. The weather has definitely changed — we had a frost warning the other night. It seems to change so fast, doesn’t it? We’re not seeing a lot of leaves changing yet, how about you? Happy crafting, Angie. Sharon

  3. Debbie Kaste says:

    So cute, Sharon. Those would make such cute party favors!

  4. Ooooo! These blocks are perfect! In Jenna’s class they ask the kids what “color zone” (mood) they are in and I am going to make a set of these blocks in their “zone” colors with the appropriate facial expressions and send them in with Jenna. That way they have a tangible way to show their feelings. Thanks again for even more inspiration! Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Sharon says:

      What a fabulous idea, Barb! It reminds me of the movie Inside Out — did you see it? Great flick. I’m so glad you shared this idea with us — I think a lot of people would find it really helpful. Let us know how the cubes work out. Happy crafting! Sharon

  5. annehaun says:

    These are so cute!

  6. LisaM6 says:

    Those cubes remind me of Spookley the square pumpkin. Too cute. No pumpkins yet. We just picked winter squash from our neighbors garden. Apples next week. 🙂

    ps. Got the bricks and solar system today. Thanks will give My daughter’s science teacher hers today. Thanks so much!

    • Sharon says:

      I’ve never heard of “Spookley” — should I know who he is? Sounds fun! What are your plans for the winter squash? Soup? Enjoy the kits, and thank you for sharing with your daughter’s teacher. Happy crafting! Sharon

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