Need a pumpkin decorating idea for wizarding fans of all ages? This project will take you about an hour and less than $2 in material costs (when you shop frugally) Grab your paints and pumpkins and let's go!
This goes with Our DIY $3 No-Sew Hedwig Costume!
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Step 1: Gather Materials
You will need:
- Pumpkins (to keep costs low, try growing your own!)
- Acrylic Paints (white, black, yellow and red)
- Sponge paint brush
- Standard paint brush
- 2 Standard Ping Pong Balls
- A hot glue gun
- Hot glue
Step 2: Paint Your Base
For our snow owl, it's easiest to work in layers. Paint your base coat of white to create a solid body.
- Sponge brush is best for this portion.
- Note: If you can see the orange of your pumpkin below the paint, you may want to allow pumpkin to dry and paint an additional layer to make it solid.
Step 3: Design Your Eyes
For the eyes, I used two standard ping pong balls.
Simply paint black circles (with the brush of your choice) onto the eyes and let dry.
Step 4: Attach Your Eyes
Just add a little hot glue to the back of your eyes and attach to your pumpkin.
Caution: Please use hot glue as a competent adult or under the supervision of one. Never touch the hot glue or gun.
Step 5: Add Details
- Use your black paint to draw horizontal lines down your pumpkin for feathers.
- Mix Black and White to get gray for your accents.
- Paint your beak with black
- Allow to dry
Step 6: Prepare Your Harry Pumpkin
While your owl is drying, you can begin work on his wizard companion.
(Tip: Use a round object, such as a soda can, to create a perfect stamp)
- Either hand paint or use your stamp after dipping in black paint to create Harry's glasses.
- Press stamp downward onto pumpkin, gently rotating if necessary
- Paint on his hair using standard paint brush
- Use a different standard brush or wash your brush and begin use of yellow paint
- Paint on Harry's scar in a lightening bolt pattern, making sure not to touch the wet black paint.
- Using sponge brush, paint on yellow portions of Harry's iconic scarf by stroking downward
- Be sure to keep strokes even and leveled if you want scarf to lay flat
- Allow to dry
Note: If you notice your yellow isn't as brilliant as you'd like it, please allow to dry and paint an additional layer.
Step 7: Add Scarf and Eyes
- Using a new (or washed) Sponge Brush, paint the red stripes of Harry's scarf in a downward motion.
- Note: If you notice streaking or mixing of colors, stop immediately, clean your brush and allow prior color to finish drying
- Paint on white circles within the glasses frame
- Allow white to dry
- Paint smaller black circles within white portion of eye to create pupil
- Allow to dry
Note: If you notice your red isn't as brilliant as you'd like it, please allow to dry and paint an additional layer.
Step 8: Finishing Touches
For a final magical touch, consider adding a construction paper scarf to Harry (add attention to detail by fraying the edge and cutting out red stripes, placing them on a yellow rectangle piece), a replica Hogwarts Acceptance Letter or a witch hat. Outline the black circles in the owl's eyes and finally add on a spot of white for the reflection to really make it pop!
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