Hopefully, you have found the hollow foam pumpkins in stores in which you can carve a Fall or Halloween designs. They are awesome because you can save your creative design and hard work to display year after year!
This idea, however, takes that creative process a step further. I was inspired to create this Jack-o-Lantern scene inside a foam pumpkin when I found an adorable Halloween, Trick-or-treat figurine in a store (see photo). The figurine is by the artist Dean Griff and this line of collectibles features very sweet animals doing “people” things. Dean is a Florida-based artist who began his career working for Disney, but ventured out with his own designs. The collectible line is called “Charming Tails”. Okay, now for the details about the design….
First, I carved a simple Jack-o-Lantern face on the front of the pumpkin. Next, I carved a platform out of styro foam, which I painted black. I cut-out a false bottom in the back underneath side of the styro foam before I glued it inside the pumpkin and made sure the back did not quite reach the inside back of the pumpkin (allow apx. 1-1/2″ clearance in the very back). The reason for this was to allow ventilation and clearance for the lighted glow of a (village house-type) corded nightlight. Simply carve a hole in the back of the pumpkin, near the back bottom to insert your corded nightlight. (corded means it is electrical, like the type used in a Christmas village ceramic house).
I painted the inside of the pumpkin with a diluted (by water) black acrylic paint, using a (long-handled) paint brush to swirl a random pattern that looked like a hazy fog. Look for inexpensive (leafless) wire trees in a dollar or craft superstore (look for them being sold as village accessories) and glue tiny bats to them (check out store scrapbook depts. or stores that sell miniatures, even on line for these); these trees are easy to push into the styro foam so they stay in place.
Then, add your figurine (if you choose to add one); if not, just complete your scene by adding miniature pumpkins, hay bales, a scarecrow and fall leaves (inside and coming out of the openings) for the finishing touches. The last thing I did was add some larger fall leaves and berries as well as a smaller Charming Tails figurine to the top, gluing them in place. [note: paint the openings you carve in the front of the pumpkin black to make them disappear]. This project was fairly easy to do and will bring you years of future enjoyment each and every Halloween season. Great project to let children or grandchildren help out with because there’s no right or wrong with the painting inside.
And please… share photos of your own with me if you like. I’d love it!! 🙂