Spooky Double Pumpkin Eyeball

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Introduction: Spooky Double Pumpkin Eyeball

About: Synth chick for electro-rock band, Former Human Beings

If you're anything like me, any attempt to fully carve a pumpkin looks like the same effort as when you tried to carve one at age 8. This is where this double pumpkin craft comes in to save the day. All you need to make it is a big warty pumpkin, a smaller white pumpkin, and some acrylic paint. This is a great pumpkin Instructable for all ages! :)

Step 1: Supplies

You will need:

  • 1 medium/large warty pumpkin
  • marker
  • pumpkin carving knife
  • pumpkin scraper
  • 1 small white pumpkin
  • measure tape
  • acrylic paints (blue, teal, gold, black, white)
  • paintbrushes
  • mini towel or paper towels
  • cheap red lipliner

Notes:

When choosing your pumpkins, make sure your white one is smaller than the orange one so it fits inside nicely. I used a cheap red Wet n Wild lipliner to draw in the eyeball veins because it slides on smoothly on the pumpkin surface, but stays on nicely.

Step 2: Make the Lid

Draw a circle on top of the orange pumpkin that's a bit bigger than your small white pumpkin.

Cut out the circle at a bit of an angle.

Remove the lid and set aside.

Step 3: Empty the Pumpkin

Begin cutting out the flesh of the pumpkin.

Scoop out the seeds and flesh and place in a bowl. Reserve for another use.

Place the white pumpkin inside, on its side, to make sure it fits. Remove.

Step 4: Cut Out the Eye

Measure the little pumpkin while it's on its side, then mark that width on the front of the big pumpkin.

Draw a large eye shape on the pumpkin, using the endpoints you just drew as the corners of the eye. Make sure this eye outline is not bigger than the little white pumpkin.

Cut out the eye and push it out from the inside.

Trim out some of the flesh around the eye opening.

Step 5: Paint on Eyeball Details

Place the little pumpkin back inside on its side with the smooth rounded side facing the eye opening. Draw a circle around the middle. This will be the pupil to the eyeball. Make sure it's almost touching the top and bottom of the eye.

Remove the little pumpkin. Paint the circle you just drew blue. This is your eye's iris.

Add some lines of light blue from the center going outward, then do the same with some gold paint.

Now draw a smaller black circle in the middle. This is the pupil. Let dry completely.

Step 6: Insert the Eyeball

Place the little pumpkin back inside and press flush up against the eye opening.

Place a mini towel or some crumpled paper towels behind the little pumpkin so it stays in place. Put the lid back on.

Step 7: Add the Final Details

Draw some red veins in the corners of the eyeball using the red lipliner.

To make some eyeball reflections, paint on 2 little white dots between the pupil and iris using the back of your paintbrush.

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    41 Comments

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    Vinman66
    Vinman66

    1 year ago

    Awesome instructable! 🎃 I'm going to try this with some old plastic pumpkin Halloween candy carriers and a milk jug for the eye. Then throw in some flameless candles for effect. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    attosa
    attosa

    Reply 1 year ago

    That sounds like a fun variation! Hope you can show us when you do it!

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    Vinman66
    Vinman66

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks and will do. It will be a fun project to do with my son. Have a great day! 🎃

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    VoltisArt
    VoltisArt

    1 year ago

    I have an idea to do this with smaller gourds attached around the outside and build a beholder. Thanks for the catalyst. Hopefully I'll remember in time for next year.

    ...I'm evidently not the first! https://www.instructables.com/id/Jack-o-lantern-Beholder-Style/
    (The small eyes are usually on stalks like a slug or snail have, however.)

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    attosa
    attosa

    Reply 1 year ago

    Ahh interesting! I like it!! I hope you try that out :)

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    needfulthing
    needfulthing

    1 year ago

    Replace the inner pumpkin with some half sphere 3D print or similar, add a microcontroller and a servo and get real creepy with a moving eyeball :)

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    attosa
    attosa

    Reply 1 year ago

    That's all I kept thinking about when I was done! I really wanted it to move/watch me as I passed by :) I need to learn about all that. At least I'm on the right site for all the info, eh? Happy Halloween!

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    satosi
    satosi

    Reply 1 year ago

    It's really nice to see some traditional type decorations, without the use of technology, and I say this as a person who works in IT. Personally, I'm all teched-out.

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    VoltisArt
    VoltisArt

    Reply 1 year ago

    I was thinking this as well. A concave hemisphere with some optional light is the traditional way to do 3D "following" eyes.
    The non-electronic version is also much less likely to be stolen while you're at work or the store!

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    attosa
    attosa

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you! I know nothing about tech stuff like that and it intrigues me to no end! I'm happy this pumpkin works for you! :)

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    needfulthing
    needfulthing

    Reply 1 year ago

    You are :) Why not go for it. Getting an Arduino to run with a servo is a doable task for everyone. There are tons of good tutorials for this online. And you actually do not need a 3D printer. You could build an eyeball from paper or similar. Making the eyeball follow you is bit more tricky, that would be a perfect second step if you like to dig deeper into maker electronics.

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    ipromooz.com
    ipromooz.com

    1 year ago

    Great Work. I like it. Carry on.

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    attosa
    attosa

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks very much!! :)

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    ipromooz.com
    ipromooz.com

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hi attosa!
    My Pleasure.

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    I love tiktok
    I love tiktok

    1 year ago

    That's super cool and I like how creative you are.Well done

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    AbelM38
    AbelM38

    1 year ago

    WOWWWWWW!!!!! That's amazing Toosa! You've really outdone yourself this time!

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    attosa
    attosa

    Reply 1 year ago

    Aww Thanks so much! Glad you like it!!!!

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    Pahoolo1
    Pahoolo1

    1 year ago

    That's just really stinking COOL!
    I'm thinking that if I cut the little pumpkin in half, I could do two of them. And, if I use toothpicks to pin the eye inside, there should be enough room for an led lamp.........so yeah great ideas, thanks!

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    attosa
    attosa

    Reply 1 year ago

    Sounds like some great tweaks to make it stretch! I hope you try that out! :)