“On Halloween night, the Great Pumpkin rises out of his pumpkin patch & flies through the air with his bag of toys for all the children”
– Linus, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”
Every year our lake hosts an annual pumpkin carving contest on Thanksgiving weekend & it’s by far my favourite part of the entire holiday. Competitive is a gross understatement to describe these people (myself included) & we don’t exactly play clean (think bribery, stolen carving utensils & on one occasion, a stolen trophy from a child… cough – dad – cough). But don’t worry, everyone has been friends for years (they were all best friends in high school during the 70’s) so there are no hard feelings & it’s all in good fun. Some of my ‘notable’ pumpkin achievements are a Shark Week pumpkin & Burger & Fries pumpkin:
This year I really wanted to go all out with the creativity so my boyfriend & I have been brainstorming some fun ideas & finally decided on: Monster’s Inc’s, Mike Wazowski. Now I know this has absolutely nothing to do with Natural Health but what the heck, it’s fun & festive! Here’s how we did it:
What You Need:
- one large orange pumpkin, preferably with a narrower top because that’s how Mike Wasowski is shaped (pumpkin pictured here isn’t what we used because I literally decided to share the tutorial & whip this together a few minutes before heading up North!)
- one small white pumpkin OR one small orange pumpkin that you spray paint white – this is for his eyeball!
- blue, white, green & black construction paper
- one construction hat (not pictured – again sorry for the hasty post!)
- 2 cans of lime green spray paint & one can of white spray paint (if you’re painting your orange pumpkin white)
- carving utensils
- one drill
Steps- Prepping the Pumpkin:
- if you have a small orange pumpkin & need to spray paint him white, do this first so you can set the little guy aside to dry; I did this the night before (so last night). May need a couple of coats, if it cracks in the middle like this one did, don’t worry about it because it’ll be covered by the iris & pupil!
- wash your larger, orange pumpkin with a cloth & then pat dry
- carve out the top so that you can scoop out all of the pumpkin guts
- time to carve out his big toothed grin – the smile is pretty standard stuff (typical pumpkin grin) & it’s pretty much the only thing that you need to carve!
- you can then use the carved out “smile” to carve his tiny horns
- spray paint the horns white & set them aside to dry
- drill a tiny hole where you want the eye to be (make sure hole is tight enough for the stem of your smaller pumpkin to fit into)
- now that you’ve carved out the grin & drilled the hole, spray paint the entire pumpkin lime green (again you may need a couple of coats)
Steps- The Crafts:
- while the pumpkins dry, take your construction paper & cut out a large blue circle for the iris & a smaller black circle for the pupil
- glue the pupil onto the iris
- print off a picture of the Monster’s Inc logo, cut out the circle & glue or tape it to your hard hat
- take green construction paper & cut out two arms & two legs
Steps – Put it all Together:
- once pumpkins are dry, glue the iris/pupil paper onto your smaller white pumpkin
- take the “eyeball” & stick the stem into the drilled hole, if it doesn’t stay use toothpicks to hold it together
- take the white horns & using toothpicks, stick them into your larger green pumpkin
- use glue/tap to attach the arms & legs
- put the hard hat on
- voila! Mike Wazowski in the pumpkin flesh!
Finger’s Crossed that we win! Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!