Spooky Double Pumpkin Eyeball


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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! :)

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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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    AbelM38

    22 hours ago

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

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    Pahoolo1

    2 days 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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    samcece

    4 days ago

    Toosa, this, like everything else that you create is Amazing!!! I love it. Great work. xo

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    attosasamcece

    Reply 4 days ago

    Awww! Thank you so much, Sam! So sweet! :D xx

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    RobbyH12

    5 days ago

    This eyeball pumpkin is awesome. Very creative! I've never seen anything like it. Thank you for the great idea.

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    attosaRobbyH12

    Reply 4 days ago

    Oh thank you so much! I appreciate it! I hope you try it out :D

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    needfulthing

    19 days 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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    attosaneedfulthing

    Reply 19 days 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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    needfulthingattosa

    Reply 15 days 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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    satosiattosa

    Reply 18 days 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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    attosasatosi

    Reply 18 days 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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    smvillalon

    18 days ago on Step 7

    I was thinking... If you know a friend who does electronics, you can actually attach a motor to thw "eye" and a motion sensor that can make the eye move in the directuon of the motion. It'll give the impression that the pumpkin is actually looking at you... Hehehe... HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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    attosasmvillalon

    Reply 18 days ago

    I don't so I'm going to have to learn -- which is just fine!!! :D Happy Halloween!!!

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    nstg8tr

    19 days ago

    Very cool! I can confidently step up my pumpkin game. :) I will use deco pumpkins so I can make them once and enjoy them year after year. Thank you for sharing!

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    attosanstg8tr

    Reply 19 days ago

    Yes! Excellent idea! Thanks for reading! :)

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    dwieland

    19 days ago

    Delightfully creative! Scary in a different way!
    If I ever start getting trick-or-treaters here, this is definitely worth trying. I might try hollowing out the little pumpkin and putting a light inside.

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    spark masterdwieland

    Reply 19 days ago

    so far best suggestion, easily the best addendum, I have others but this simple and really easy to do.

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    attosadwieland

    Reply 19 days ago

    Ooooh I love the idea of hollowing the little one! Now I'm thinking of Russian nesting dolls :D

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    attosachefspenser

    Reply 19 days ago

    You're so welcome! Happy Halloween! :)