We move so fast through life. A DIY dinner in ten minutes? Count me in! Quick & easy Halloween crafts, like the Candy Corn Eggs? Love it! But sometimes, like the slow food movement, it’s good to slow down and enjoy the process. This vintage style, mixed media Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern is not hard, but it will take more than 10 minutes to complete. This vintage-style Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern is worth every minute! The tutorial walks you through the steps, from easy needle felting to paper crafting. If you can, carve out an hour or two this weekend to make a Halloween craft you’ll treasure forever!
Vintage, Mixed-Media Jack-‘o-Lantern by Rebekah Meier.
To make a Vintage, Mixed Media Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- Ball, 3-1/2″
- Cube, 4” square; OR a sheet or block that is 1”, 2” or 4” thick*
- Wool fiber or wool roving in orange
- Felt in black
- Scrapbook paper, one sheet 12” x 12” (Rebekah used a black paper with yellow stars)
- Cardstock in cream and orange
- Halloween images (royalty-free, online images)
- Ribbon, 1-1/2″ x 1 yd, in gold organza and black satin
- Corsage pins with black heads, seven (pumpkin’s face)
- Chenille stem in gold
- Glitter glue in white/iridescent
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; deco edge scissors with scallop and pinking blades; serrated knife and candle stub or bar of soap; pencil; ruler; round toothpicks; needelfelting tool**; needle & thread; computer & printer (for the Halloween images)
*The pumpkin sits on a 4” base, so you will either use a purchased, 4” cube, or you can build your own cube from a sheet.
**Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp; use caution. Follow manufacturer’s instructions.
To make a Vintage, Mixed Media Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern:
1. If you purchased a 4” cube of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, go to Step 2. Otherwise, wax the serrated knife blade with a candle stub or bar of soap. Then, make a 4” cube:
- If you are using a 4” thick block, measure and mark a 4” square. Cut out the square.
- If using a sheet that’s 1” – 2” thick, measure and mark the number of 4” squares on your foam sheet that you’ll need to create a 4” cube. For example, you’ll need four, 4” squares if using a 1” sheet, or two, 4” squares if using a 2” thick sheet.
- Stack and glue the 4” squares together to create a 4” cube.
2. From the scrapbook paper, cut two, 4-1/2″ x 8-1/4″ strips and one 3-3/4″ square. Overlap and glue together the two short ends of the 4-1/2″-wide strips, creating a 4-1/2″ x 16-1/4″ strip. Score and fold ½” from the top edge of the strip, making a sharp crease along the length of the strip.
3. Wrap the paper strip around the cube, with the ½” fold at the top. Position the strip so that the ends overlap at the back. Pinch the paper at the corners, and then remove the paper strip and fold crisply at each corner.
4. Glue the strip around the cube. Clip the corners at the top, and fold the ½” tabs down and glue in place.
5. Search online for royalty-free, vintage-style Halloween images. Print images on the cream cardstock, and cut out with deco edge scissors. Matte images on orange cardstock and glue to the foam block. Embellish images with glitter glue.
Search online for royalty-free images.
6. Place a small amount of wool roving on the 3-1/2” ball and felt in place, inserting the needle numerous times through the fibers and into the foam ball. Once the fibers are locked into place, continue to add roving, felting it as you go, until the ball is completely covered.
7. Glue two toothpicks halfway into the bottom of the ball. Apply glue to the exposed ends and insert into the top of paper-covered cube; let dry.
8. Make the hat:
- Hat crown: Cut a 2-1/2″ x 9″ strip from black felt and roll it up, gluing end.
- Hat brim: Cut a 3” circle from felt with scallop edge scissors.
- Glue the crown to the brim.
- Glue a small square of felt to the top of the hat, and then trim to fit.
- Glue hat to the pumpkin’s head.
- Glue a chenille stem around the bottom of the hat crown, and cut away extra stem.
9. Cut from black felt triangle eyes and a nose, and a smiling face. Glue features to the pumpkin.
You can add felt features, like Rebekah did, or use buttons or beads.
10. Layer together the black and gold ribbons, and stitch a gathering stitch along one long edge. Pull thread to gather the ribbons, creating a ruffle. Wrap the ruffle around the pumpkin’s neck, and tie off threads. If needed, spot glue around the neck.
You’ll use several techniques to make this smiling jack-‘o-lantern, from needle felting to paper crafting.
And you’re done! If you enjoyed Rebekah’s Vintage, Mixed Media Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern, then take a peek at her Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman. Now that you’ve made the Jack-‘o-Lantern, why not make the Snowman?
Rebekah Meier’s Sweet Felted Snowman is a vintage, mixed media treat. The sweet, needlefelted head perches on a foam cube covered in vintage papers.
When is the last time you slowed down and made a craft that took a little extra time?