Oct 18 2009

Quilling with Kids — Ms. Pumpkin Head

Published by at 1:03 pm under Quilling Inspiration,Quilling with Kids

My youngest daughter would tell you she is craft-challenged when it comes to the actual execution of a project, but she is as crafty as they come and has great ideas.  The other day we were discussing Halloween and she suggested that I quill a face for a pumpkin.  I’m thinking, “OK, I can quill some yellow triangles for eyes ….,” which didn’t seem too exciting so I put that idea away. 
quilling-pumpkin-headWhen Jen asked me if I had made the pumpkin yet, I knew I needed to take another look at the possibilities.  And then it hit me — I could quill real features for the pumpkin, just like a Mr. Potato Head!


I used a tiny gourd-type pumpkin found at the grocery store.  There is no pattern since you would have to adjust the quilling shapes to fit whatever size pumpkin you had, but here is a list of the coils I used:
  • Eyes:  Tight coils starting with black for the pupil, then blue for the iris, and finishing with white.  The eyelashes are fringed from a 3/8″ wide strip.
  • Nose:  Teardrop
  • Mouth:  Two half-circles on top with one large half circle on the bottom.  Glue them together and pinch the sides.
  • Ears:  Two curved teardrops; larger on top, smaller on the bottom.
I accessorized this stylish Miss with jump rings for earrings and a blue bow tied to her stem to match her eyes.  I glued the features directly to the pumpkin using Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, but any strong, thick glue should do fine.
This would be a great project to do with children.  If you need further inspiration, simply surf the Internet for additional photos of decorated pumpkins.  Turn your pumpkin into a scary monster with jagged teeth or a beautiful princess with a crown.  You could color your pumpkin first with markers before gluing on the features if you’d like.  The possibilities are endless.  Just pull out your quilling papers and let your imagination go wild!
Quilling Tip:  The idea isn’t just for pumpkins.  You can quill faces for all sorts of fruits and vegetables.  How about a yellow squash bird or an eggplant clown with a big red nose?  This is one time when it is fine if children play with their food.
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8 responses so far

8 Responses to “Quilling with Kids — Ms. Pumpkin Head”

  1. Gailon 19 Oct 2009 at 4:27 am

    I would swear her first name must be “Lucy.” I love it!

  2. Charlotteon 19 Oct 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Hi, Gail!
    I know just what you mean — with those big blue eyes and long black eyelashes — she does look like Lucy. LOL!!!

  3. Annon 19 Oct 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Really cute – I especially love how you shaped her mouth, but every feature is great!

  4. Charlotteon 19 Oct 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Thanks, Ann. I was going to call it a “Clara Bow” mouth, but was afraid that I was the only one old enough to understand the reference. LOL!

  5. Clare Wong - Hong Kongon 20 Oct 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Although I may not easy to find a small pumpkin, I can cut it from paper or even to quill the pumpkin to make another lovely faces. I like the big eyes and the slash very very much! She is lovely.

  6. Lucíaon 20 Oct 2009 at 6:38 pm

    I love it! In Spain there is no custom of celebrating Halloween, but it is a beautiful and fun idea for decorating their own pumpkins in the fall. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Innaon 20 Oct 2009 at 7:35 pm

    She’s such a cutie! Wonderful idea, Charlotte!
    I just love your blog

  8. Regina Follaon 01 Nov 2009 at 6:53 am

    Gostei muito da aboubora enfeitada com Quilling… muito criativo.
    Parabéns pela criatividade!!!
    Regina Folla

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