The fall season is here. Leaves are changing color and the weather is getting cooler (unless you live in southern California where it still feels like summer). It’s also the time of year for costumes, candy and decorations. Halloween is right around the corner and as you eat and drink all things pumpkin while snuggling with your cat, you’re probably thinking about what kind of jack-o-lantern you’re going to decorate your front porch with.
While there are myriad options available today – anything from the traditional jack-o-lantern face of triangles for the eyes and nose and a jagged mouth to a Grumpy Cat pumpkin-carving template – one of our favorites this year is the black cat jack-o-lantern. What says Halloween better than a black cat?!
The best part of this jack-o-lantern – other than the fact that it’s an awesome black cat – is there’s not a lot of carving or scooping out of all the pumpkin insides, so it’s less messy (always a plus for me). Thanks to Sunset for this cool Halloween decoration!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Knife or carving kit
Stiff felt or paper for ears
Curved cucumber or skinny gourd for tail
Mini pumpkins for paws
Black floral spray
Wood floral picks (5 or 6 per pumpkin; optional)
Mallet or hammer for attaching picks to base pumpkin (optional)
Tea-light candle in flat dish or jar lid
Clay polymer or poster putty
Here’s what you’ll do:
Step 1: Cut out the top of a small pumpkin and scoop the inside clean. Place it upside down on the base pumpkin, turning to find a good fit. If necessary, carve the opening slightly to adjust. The small pumpkin will be the cat’s head.
Step 2: Set the head on the base to decide placement of the eyes, then carve them out. You can draw them on first if you prefer.
Step 3: Cut pointy ears out of felt or card stock and mark their positions on the head with a pen. Carve two shallow, crescent-shaped grooves into the head to hold the ears. Avoid cutting all the way through the pumpkin.
Step 4: Prep an outside work area for spray painting. Stuff the head with loosely crumpled newspaper. Cover pumpkins, mini pumpkins, and cucumber with one or two thin coats of black spray paint. Allow to dry. Remove stuffing and insert the ears.
Step 5: If the head is wobbly, gently pound a few floral picks into the body with the mallet or hammer. Measure the opening of the head, and then position the picks to fit just inside. Touch up the paint if needed.
Step 6: Put a short tea-light on a lid or dish to catch any drips. Stick it to the top of the big pumpkin with a small ball of clay polymer or poster putty. Attach the head. Position cat and arrange tail and paws next to body.
Be sure to post a photo of your black cat jack-o-lantern on the Cat Fancy Facebook page! To see photos of the steps for this project, visit Sunset.
Do you have other cat-themed Halloween ideas? Share them with us.