Introduction: Gena Rumple's Steampunk Pumpkins

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Here is an affordable way to turn your Halloween Trick-or-Treat plastic pumpkin bucket into a Steampunk Pumpkin. All you need is a few things lying around your own home and a bit of imagination. You don't have to use the same things I used, you are more than welcome to experiment. Hopefully this tutorial will inspire you to create your very own design. I would love to see pictures of your completed Steampunk Pumpkins!

Have a Happy Halloween!


Gena Rumple

Step 1: Craft Materials for Monocle Steampunk Pumpkin

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Here are the items I chose to use for this particular pumpkin.
  • Plastic pumpkin
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue
  • Flat black spray paint
  • Gold and copper metallic spray paint
  • Autumn Gold and Gold Leaf Rub ‘n Buff
  • Red nail polish
  • Metallic ribbon
  • Thick wire
  • Duct tape
  • 1/4 inch red convoluted tubing
  • Q-tips
  • Scissors
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • X-Acto knife
  • LED balloon lights
  • Stainless steel tea ball and tea strainer
  • 7/16 inch round spots
  • Metal screw brads
  • 1 inch sprocket gears

Step 2: Pumpkin Base

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1. Spray paint the outside of the plastic pumpkin bucket with the flat black spray paint. Let the paint completely dry. Important: Please use spray paint in a well ventilated area (outside is best). Tip: If you don’t like paint on your hands, I recommend wearing rubber gloves or Goo Gone. Goo Gone is how I get stubborn paint off my hands.

2. Take the X-Acto knife and *carefully* cut out the eyes, nose, and mouth. You have the option to either cut out the teeth or leave them in. Next, take the hot glue gun and start gluing the outlines of the pumpkins body, eyes, nose, and mouth. Let the hot glue cool completely before removing any spiderwebs from your pumpkin (I call the left over glue spiderwebs).

3. Take the Rub n Buff, add a little to your finger tip, and finger paint the pumpkin. Tip: This is really potent stuff, so a little goes a long way.

Step 3: The Eyes

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1. Start by cutting an 8 point star shape pattern in your pumpkin with your X-Acto knife.

2. Carefully cut around the pattern to help make a eye hole in your pumpkin.

3. Make sure only the tip of the light sticks out of the pumpkin.

4. Spray paint the metallic ribbon with gold spray paint.

5. Glue the metallic plastic ribbon and the led lights in place. You have the option to put the glue on the inside or the outside of the pumpkin.

6. Paint the led lights with nail polish. Paint the hot glue with Rub N Buff the same color as your ribbon.

Step 4: The Hardware

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1. Separate your tea strainer, spray paint one of the halves with copper or the color or your choice.

2. Place the round spots in the area you desire around the tea strainer and bend them into place with a pair of needle-nose pliers.

3. Glue the tea strainer over the eye of the pumpkin. Make a hole in the side of the pumpkin with the X-Acto knife. Make sure the hole is large enough for the brad. Hook the chain to the brad and insert into the pumpkin.

4. Glue your gear onto the nose backing.

Step 5: The Handle

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1. Use wire, needle-nose pliers, and duct tape to create a handle for your pumpkin. Twist the wire a little bit before adding the duct tape.

2. Take the red convoluted tubing and place it over the wire and trim to fit.

Step 6: More Variations - Gas Mask Steampunk Pumpkin

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Step 7: More Variations - Rivet Steampunk Pumpkin

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1. Made with thick wire and stealth airline tubing. The rivets are made exactly like my Steampunk Helmet. .

2. These are plastic tea strainers. I used these for the eyes and decorated them with metal tree spikes.

Step 8: Steampunk Costumes

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Here is the final product.

Have a Happy Steampunk Halloween!!!

<3, Gena Rumple & Co.


Neo Diamond (author)2012-10-22

Saw this article last year, and had to make a point to share it with my kids for Halloween this year. Thank you for the inspiration! They absolutely love their pumpkins and can't wait to use them!

Gena_Rumple (author)Neo Diamond2012-11-07

Thank you so much for your response! I love the pictures and your pumpkins turned out great! Very creative use of tea lights and clock parts I must say!

You get an enthusiastic thumbs up from me too! (^_~)b

joephs (author)2013-10-02

Could you recommend where to purchase the metallic ribbon?

psabella (author)2013-09-19

Love this!

jammin64 (author)2013-07-10

Love these!!! hope to make similar for this year's haunt!! Duchess of Gore sent me!! Thanks for the great info!!

ramicaza (author)2011-10-28

call them steampunkin's :D

dduddy (author)2011-10-26


Gena_Rumple (author)dduddy2011-10-26

Thank you very much! :)

bsawyer2 (author)2011-10-21

Just started work on my own steam punkin thanks to inspiriation from this instructable, only I've turned mine into a mask to use as part of a Halloween costume (topped with a top hat, of course). The pumpkin was $0.99 and the top hat was $9. The construction of mask is built off of an old baseball cap that my dog had already chewed up. The paints will see use on future projects, so the overall cost was very cheap, and I'll be wearing it with dress clothes that I already own, so I'll have a cheap, cool, easy to make, one-of-a-kind costume. I'm currently letting the paint dry, and while mine won't look as clean as yours does, it's already looking pretty cool. Thanks a million for the inspiration and information!

Gena_Rumple (author)bsawyer22011-10-21

You're very welcome! I'd love to see a picture of your costume when it's completed. Thank you for your comment.

bsawyer2 (author)Gena_Rumple2011-10-24

Made some mistakes and learned a lot along the way. There are several things I'd do differently next time, but overall I think it came out solid for my first ever attempt at Steam Punking anything. Here you go:

Gena_Rumple (author)bsawyer22011-10-24

You Sir are AWESOME!!! Good job!!! I LOVE IT! Your idea to make the pumpkin into a mask is epic win!

You get an enthusiastic thumbs up from me (^_^)b

ElectroFrank (author)2011-10-24

Did anyone else look at the title, go cross-eyed and see
"Steampump Punkpins" ?

smokesignalcreations (author)2011-10-23

WOW!!!! love it..

Thank you!

cstgwr (author)2011-10-22

I've seen a lot of 'plunked things on instructables but these pumpkins are my new favorites! Really very good. Thank you for your time and effort.

Gena_Rumple (author)cstgwr2011-10-22

Thank you! :)

wanna beco (author)2011-10-20

These are the most unique pumpkins I have seen... I love em... thanks for the good ideas!!!

Gena_Rumple (author)wanna beco2011-10-20

You're very welcome!

Thank you for your response. :)

Lindie (author)2011-10-20

Very nice!

Gena_Rumple (author)Lindie2011-10-20

Thank you!

Robboberty (author)2011-10-20

These are awesome!

But I think they should be called steam punkins.

cupojoe999 (author)Robboberty2011-10-20

I actually thought that was the title till i saw your comment and realized it wasn't.

Gena_Rumple (author)Robboberty2011-10-20

Thank you!

That is a very clever name for them. Thumbs up from me! (^_~)b

teknix360 (author)2011-10-20


Gena_Rumple (author)teknix3602011-10-20


playfulplans (author)2011-10-20

This is totally boss... well done!!!

Gena_Rumple (author)playfulplans2011-10-20

Thank you!

drusso2 (author)2011-10-18

Cool pumpkins!

Gena_Rumple (author)drusso22011-10-18

Thank you!

lunatrick2001 (author)2011-10-17

Very detailed and informative, and all three designs were amazing. I'd deffinatly buy something like this if I saw it in a store...I mean, regular organic jack-o-lanterns are soo old-school ^_^;.

Thanks for the great tutorials!

Thank you!

LokeyWindrunner (author)2011-10-16

I LOVE IT! It always impresses me the things people can make with odds & ends.
These are by far the coolest things I have seen on this site, I will definitely want to make one. Ty for the instructable and making the instructions clear and easy to understand. I will expect great things from you here on out. : >

Thank you!

The Papier Boy (author)2011-10-16

It's a really cool project. I'd like to see you go into detail about each step though.

Could you please give me an example on how much more detail you need? And where. Thank you for your response.

For example, step 2 you say to paint it black. But don't have instructions after that. Like, how did you get the metallic look that is depicted in the 3rd pic of step 2?

And what are those red things on the eyes (step 3)?

I did provide the exact instructions you requested in this tutorial. There should be a yellow rectangle/box over the pictures. When you put your cursor over the yellow boxes on the pictures, you would see that I did explain what to do in detail. I consolidated the steps to Pumpkin Base, The Eyes, The Hardware, The Handle, and finally More Variations. It's easier to read the comments this way, versus putting it all below the first picture (and me having to explain which picture which instructions go with), and than the user clicking on the appropriate picture. This way, it's short, sweet, and to the point, and relevant to the picture.

Apparently, the highlight boxes were not appearing when I viewed using IE. When I use Google Chrome I can see the boxes. Don't know if it's an issue with the site or just my browser.

Thanks for the detail.

Drakus Darkwind (author)2011-10-16

Nice job, you did really great, hope to see more of your amazing stuff in the future!

Thank you!

bakunin (author)2011-10-16

Hooray for Steampumpkins! I like the use of tea strainers as goggles.

Urban Yetti!

Gena_Rumple (author)bakunin2011-10-16

Thank you! The Urban Yeti costume is awesome! Nice tea strainers. (^_^)b

gonsena (author)2011-10-16

Nice work!!! they look really cool!! :-D

Gena_Rumple (author)gonsena2011-10-16

Thank you!

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