Smokin' Pumpkin




Introduction: Smokin' Pumpkin

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Always wanted to have a fog machine for your next halloween party without paying a lot of money? Here you can learn about making a fog machine on your own and how to combine it with a pumpkin.

Perfect decoration for Halloween :)


Du wolltest schon immer eine Nebelmaschine für Halloween oder Parties haben, willst aber kein Geld für eine teure Anlage ausgeben? Hier erfährst du wie du eine Nebelmaschine mit einfachen Mitteln selbst basteln und sie in einen Kürbis passend zu Halloween integrieren kannst! 

Die perfekte Deko für deine Halloween Party :) 

Step 1: Get the Stuff

You need:

- a pumpkin
- glycerine
- distilled water
- an aluminium ashtray or bowl
- some toothpicks
- air-drying clay
- transparent paper
- florist's wire
- tealights (at least three)
- some drawing pins (with flat heads)


Man braucht:

- einen Kürbis
- Glycerin (in der Drogerie erhältlich)
- destilliertes Wasser
- einen Aluminium-Aschebecher aus dem Ein-Euro-Shop oder eine ähnliche Schale aus dünnwandigem Metall
- Zahnstocher
- lufttrocknender Ton
- transparentes Papier
- Blumendraht
- Teelichter
- Reißzwecken

Step 2: Prepare the Pumpkin

First hollow the pumpkin out and carve a nice scary face. Important: The mouth has to be in a trapezium shape, cause we want to give him real clay theeth later on.


Zunächst muss man den Kürbis wie gewohnt aushöhlen und ein Gesicht schnitzen.
Wichtig: Damit man die Ton-Zähne später besser einsetzen kann, sollte der Mund die Form eines umgedrehten Trapez aufweisen.

Step 3: Shape the Theeth

Take the air-drying clay and shape some sharp teeth (as sharp as clay can be :D) and put in each tooth a toothpick. Now you place them somewhere, where they can dry for at least 24 hours. If you like, colour your pumpkin's teeth the next day.


Aus dem Ton formt man gleichmäßige, spitze Zähne und steckt sie mit dem flachen Ende an einen Zahnstocher. Nun lässt man sie einen Tag lang trocknen. Wenn man will, kann man sie danach in einer beliebigen Farbe anmalen.

Step 4: Seal the Eye Holes

We don't want the fog coming out of the eyes. Therefore we seal the eyes with a piece of transparent paper and fix it with some drawing pins.


Damit der Dampf nur durch den Mund und nicht durch die Augen quillt, deckt man die Augen von innen mit transparentem Papier ab und befestigt es mit Reißzwecken.

Step 5: A Stand for the Ashtray

The next step is to prepare a stand for the aluminium ashtray. This step is needed to ensure that the tealights can stand under the aluminium ashtray easily. Therefore you prick the first corner with the florist's wire, wind the wire-ending with the wire, make a 90 degrees angle, and bend the wire to the next corner. Repeat these steps for every corner until your at the beginning. It should look similar to the 2nd picture. Finally check if the tealights fit under your ashtray easily.


Als Nächstes braucht man das Gestell für den Aluminium-Aschenbecher. Man sticht mit dem Draht durch die Aluminiumfolie an den Ecken, knickt den Draht im rechten Winkel, biegt in an der nächsten Ecke wieder nach unten, durchsticht die Schale und macht das so an allen vier Ecken so, bis man den Draht wieder an den Anfang wickelt. Abschätzen kann man den Draht, indem man in vorher schon in die Form biegt. Am Ende sollen die Teelichter locker unter die Schale passen.

Step 6: The Glycerine Solution

To make a glycerine solution you mix one part of glycerine with two parts of distilled water. Afterwards stir the solution with a spoon until it's getting clearly.


Für die Lösung mischt man einen Teil Glycerin mit zwei Teilen destilliertem Wasser. Anschließend rührt man die Lösung mit einem Löffel bis sie wieder klar wird.

Step 7: Assemble the Parts and Do the First Test

Now we have to put the teeth in the mouth. If necessary clip off the endings of the toothpicks. 
Place the three tealights on the bottom of the pumpkin, light them up and put the ashtray or your bowl over it. After that pour some of your glycerine solution into the bowl and close the pumpkin. Congratulations. You've done it.

After about a minute you can see your pumpkin starting to smoke.

Look at all the pictures we made of our version. Feel free to share your versions in the comments below.


Jetzt steckt man die Zähne in den Mund und verkürzt eventuell noch die Zahnstocher. Auf den Kürbisboden stellt man drei angezündete Teelichter und darüber die Schale. In die Schale kommen nun ein paar Milliliter Glycerinlösung. Deckel drauf und fertig.

Der Kürbis sollte nach maximal einer Minute anfangen zu rauchen.

Schau dir alle Bilder an und poste ein Bild von deinem selbst gemachten "Smokin' Pumpkin" in den Kommentaren!

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    31 Discussions

    man this thing smokes! *cough cough* ;-)

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    Excellent idea!! Congratulations & thank you for sharing ;)

    I haven't seen a clear answer here, so I'm just going to ask...
    Is this safe INSIDE? Isn't Glycerine toxic?
    (Cool effect, though!)

    Excellent work -very spooky! Can't wait to try this! One final touch you might consider, though - perhaps a bit of gooey "blood" dripping from the fangs, the chin, etc... Fantastic work!

    I really like the glycerin approach. Dry ice and Propylene Glycol are either expensive or hard to come by.

    I love make it much easier however and safer..I think I will use a bowl with water and dry ice and just set those inside my spooky little fire eating guy. Good idea with this! Happy Halloween!

    After reading comments, it sounds like the distilled water ensures that no dangerous toxins are omitted in to the air? Can anyone confirm that this isn't dangerous to be around and inhale? If it's 100% safe, then this is too cool! Hope someone comes with an answer soon...we are having our annual H'ween party tomorrow and this would definitely impress! :)

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    Btw...if u don't have clay, make a salt dough and bake your teeth at 90-100C for about an hour. Easy! :)

    This is really helpful. Just out of curiosity, is it because any pumpkin carved teeth would get too hot and look, well, non-tooth-like after a while?

    Not necessarily...clay teeth are just another way to spruce up a pumpkin I guess. Something unique and different - and looks cool! If u haven't already, check out the incredible little pumpkins with vampire teeth - search for pumpkin teeth. They are genius! :)

    Yes it should, premade fog fluid is just glycerin and water, I think premade is around 1/8 to 1/4 glycerin rate, I have mixing my own some, seem like 1/4 to 1/3 best for making thick fog.

    I'm sorry but I don't know that, maybe somebody who has fog machine fluid can try it for us :D I think in fog machines you also need presure...