Introduction: Pumpkin Teeth

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Halloween isn't the same without pumpkins. This year, take your pumpkins to the next level by adding some terrifying teeth! These toothy mini pumpkins were made by adding plastic vampire fangs in a mouth opening. This simple trick produces great results, and is super easy to do. No special carving required!

This is a fast, fun, and easy project to complete. All you need to make your own are:

  • plastic vampire teeth (mine glow in the dark)
  • mini pumpkins
  • sharp knife

Ready to make some scary pumpkins?
Let's go!

Step 1: Scoop Innards, Make Mouth

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scoop innards:
Cut an opening around the stem of the mini pumpkin so you can scoop out the guts and seeds. Using a spoon, dig out the pumpkin insides, save the seeds to roast later.

mouth opening:
Look for a large surface to place the mouth. Using one of the plastic teeth as a reference, small marks were made on the surface of the pumpkin for the mouth opening.

A rough rectangle opening was cut for the mouth. The mouth opening was then shaped with a knife to fit the teeth.

add teeth:
The teeth are friction fit into the mouth opening. For elongated pumpkins with larger mouth openings the teeth can be separated, then pushed into place.

Step 2: Eyes

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Carved pumpkins are going to need eyes. And, there's no wrong way of adding them.

Painting is a fun and colourful method to give your carved pumpkin sight. I found a pile of googly-eyes and was able to use hot glue to stick them to the pumpkin surface. For those who love power tools, another option is to drill round openings.

Experiment and have fun. The eyes are very expressive, and can make these vampire teeth fun or scary.

Step 3: Optional: Add Tealights

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The real trick to these toothy pumpkins are that the teeth glow in the dark, but that doesn't mean they can't be lit up like regular jack-o'-lanterns. Since the cavity inside these mini pumpkins is so small, I used LED tea lights so that they wouldn't burn.

The tea lights work to charge up the glow in the dark teeth, so if you turn them off the teeth will glow.

Step 4: Optional: Appendages!

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Maybe your mini pumpkins aren't terrifying enough. With a few wire coat hangars you can get creative and give your pumpkins some appendages.

Wire coat hangars were cut and straightened, trimmed to uniform length, then bent into shape. I made spider legs of one pumpkin, and arms for another.

You're ready to display these adorable toothed pumpkins around your home or office. This fast and fun project is a great twist on the classic carved pumpkin, and there's loads of room to personalize.

Have fun!

Have you made your own pumpkin with teeth? I want to see it!

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Happy Halloween!


mendelayah made it! (author)2017-10-25

Prototype complete, I'll definitely be making more in the next few days! Thanks for the fun idea!

mikeasaurus (author)mendelayah2017-10-26

Scary stuff. Put it on your front porch for those pesky kids :)

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Manyhats (author)2016-07-10

Very creative and terrific photos!

T0BY (author)2015-12-07

Omg, these are AMAZING!

alicemalice (author)2015-10-29

Ok I made three kitty pumpkins...

lolotox (author)alicemalice2015-10-31

Nice kitties!

alicemalice (author)lolotox2015-10-31

Thanks! This site is so inspiring! Halloween is my favourite time of the year!!! And I love all the Halloween themed instructables!!!

mikeasaurus (author)alicemalice2015-10-30

Ha, kitty pumpkins are great!

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laith mohamed (author)2015-10-31

You are creative .....

alicemalice (author)2015-10-29

Ok I made three kitty pumpkins...

alicemalice (author)2015-10-29

I made a kitty pumpkin

KerriM4 (author)2015-10-29

Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

La_Michigan (author)2015-10-29

Beyond adorable!

db85 (author)2015-10-09


pyotryllych (author)2015-10-07

awesome looking teeth

sgiandubh made it! (author)2013-10-28

These were WAY too much fun! This little guy found a nice quiet spot on the mantel. I will post pictures of the rest as soon as I can chase them down ,the ones with wings are quick!

mikeasaurus (author)sgiandubh2015-10-07

Oooh, good idea with the white gourd.

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MB-DK made it! (author)2013-10-17

I know I didn't get very creative and come up with my own design for this little guy, but I loved yours and used it as inspiration for my first attempt. These are the COOLEST pumpkins ever! I will be making more as decoration for our annual Halloween party! These are going to be a staple for years to come. Thank u so much for sharing! LOVE them! :)

mikeasaurus (author)MB-DK2015-10-07

Ha, love those eyes!

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MB-DK (author)MB-DK2013-10-17

No idea why my image uploaded sideways...hope you can tilt left! ;)

nanob0t made it! (author)2014-10-31

Thought this was a great idea, so I decided to incorporate it into my design! My pumpkin must not have liked it though, he ripped his head off...

mikeasaurus (author)nanob0t2015-10-07

Love it! Thanks for sharing your pictures, Enjoy the Pro Membship.

thundrepance (author)2014-10-28

all of your choices for EYES cracked me up, mikeasaurus .... the drilled round ones remind me of DOMO :D {i love domo}! the one with the hands in the air made me laugh out loud!! ( ;^D

mousebear (author)2014-10-27

cool i love this

tymcioszenko (author)2014-10-27

dude :D that looks awesome! im going to buy pumpkin just right now!

tymcioszenko (author)2014-10-27

dude :D that looks awesome! im going to buy pumpkin just right now!

jdavis8 (author)2013-10-12

This is a fun project for kids. These are some of them we came up with.

Raitis (author)jdavis82014-10-27

Had a good laugh at this one, thanks!

mikeasaurus (author)jdavis82013-10-14

Are those teeth stuck in the top of the foreground pumpkin? Yikes!

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jdavis8 (author)mikeasaurus2013-10-14

Yes they are. We thought the bigger pumpkin looked hilarious with out it's top teeth and then an idea was born to put them on a smaller pumpkin like so!

lovelpsandmlp (author)2014-10-26


Ward_Nox (author)2014-10-26

you could use glow in the dark fangs with a blacklight LED inside and get a creepy glow effect

bconner6 (author)2014-10-14

They have Awesome teeth you put in a pumpkin, Scary Fangs, Funny Buckteeth,Glow in the Dark too. Also check out the NEW Vine Arms & Legs too..

pumpkinteeth (author)2014-01-28

These are cute Martha Stewart had these in her Blog a few years ago then she found these Awesome teeth made for Pumpkins. Here is a link for both.

And here is the link to the Etsy shop that has them :)

Ace Frahm (author)2013-10-29

This is great! Maybe you could manage to leave just enough shell in front of the teeth to carve some "sneering lips" shape? Maybe just a thin carving at the sides to create the impression of the corners of the mouth by slicing off some orange skin surface but leaving the yellow flesh underneath? But simplistic is good too, easy to do, still has personality, makes a non-joiner person more likely to participate when they see how easy it is to get a great result with little effort.

bob11000 (author)2013-10-28

I haven't tried it yet but I voted for you on both of the subjects

yahooti12 made it! (author)2013-10-27

This is my first vumpkin! This is such a fun idea. It can be a bit tricky to get the teeth to stay (at least maybe cheaper teeth) when you have a longer mouth. I used less than a fingernail's length of wire below a canine and a piece of a coffee stirrer under another to secure it. If you have toothpicks I'd either use them or if you have any plastic forks (clear/white) you can use the tines off the fork. I don't know where my toothpicks wondered off to but the coffee stirrers work! So my vumpkin has a couple cavities but I still love him. (My teeth glow in the dark too but alas my camera doesn't pick up on it.)

mikeasaurus (author)yahooti122013-10-28

That looks great! I love the derpy eyes, and your idea of wire/stir stick is a great idea if your mouth is too large to hold the teeth in place.

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andrea biffi (author)2013-10-22

horrendous! ;-)

Teachersears made it! (author)2013-10-20

Cool idea. Thanks. Here's my daughters Frankenstein chasing Bob, and my scary clown drying in the garage.

mikeasaurus (author)Teachersears2013-10-21

Whoa, great pumpkins!
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Noise Maker (author)2013-10-16

Great idea! Here's our version of a pumpkin with teeth. But instead of plastic vampire teeth, we made clay teeth and used a bigger pumpkin. Also we added a fog machine as a cool feature. Check it out!

Noise Maker made it! (author)Noise Maker2013-10-16

Forgot to add some images.

mikeasaurus (author)Noise Maker2013-10-16

Beängstigend zähne! Vielen dank für Ihre version, genießen Sie bitte die 3-Monats-Pro-Mitgliedschaft

Noise Maker (author)mikeasaurus2013-10-16

Thanks :) Dankeschön :D

CJRivera (author)2013-10-14

it would be more awesome if those eyes where glowing too, but its cool anyway.

Wiccy C made it! (author)2013-10-06

I made a Thing! =D

franbot (author)Wiccy C2013-10-09


mikeasaurus (author)Wiccy C2013-10-07

That looks really fun! The eyes remind me of crab eyes.
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mandolinible (author)2013-10-09

Brilliant! Definitely making one of these, thanks.

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