No Knife Needed: Make Picasso-Inspired Pumpkin People This Halloween

published Sep 26, 2016
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We like to imagine that if Picasso decorated more jack-o’lanterns, they’d look a little something like this. To collage your own pumpkin person, just cut out facial features from magazine clippings and decoupage them onto a real gourd or a last-forever Fun-Kin. This has got to be the easiest jack-o’lantern ever.

(Image credit: Christopher Broe)

What You’ll Need:

  • Magazines
  • Pumpkin, or Fun-Kin, from $20 (fake pumpkins you can keep forever!)
  • Matte decoupage medium, like ModPodge, $1.50 for 2 oz., from Michaels

For optional 3D parts:

  • Cardstock
  • X-acto knife
  • Craft glue
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1. Cut out interesting eyes, lips, noses, hair, hats, and other details from magazines. If you want to make the images bigger to fit your pumpkin, use a photocopier to enlarge them, and then cut them out.

(Image credit: Christopher Broe)

2. Decide how you’d like to arrange all of the pieces, playing with the placement of features to create a Picasso-esque face. Before committing to an arrangement, we tested out a couple of different options by sticking the pieces on lightly with double-sided tape.

(Image credit: Christopher Broe)

3. Brush the back of each piece with a thin coat of decoupage medium, then smooth it onto the pumpkin surface.

4. Attach 3D features, like ears or a streaming ponytail, by first glueing the feature to card stock and cutting out. Cut a small slit into the pumpkin and insert the edge of the feature, securing with a drop of glue.

Note: These fantastical fashion plates are best displayed indoors or on a covered porch. If you’d like them to brave the elements, brush several coats of decoupage medium over the pumpkin surface, allowing time to dry between coats.

(Image credit: Christopher Broe)

Many thanks to Spoonflower for the amazing eyes backdrop, which is available as wallpaper, gift wrap & fabric from Hollyce Jeffriess’ shop.