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DIY Mummy Pumpkins

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Make your own mummy pumpkins on Duncraft's Wild Bird Blog.

Making your own mummy pumpkin is easy.

Halloween is this Saturday. For many of us in New England, this is an exciting time of year because it’s getting dark earlier, we’re working on our Halloween costumes or helping younger ones with theirs and getting into the spirit of this fun, decorative holiday.

What better way to spend the afternoon?

We decorated pumpkins and the entrance to our retail store this afternoon. It was an afternoon well spent. Needless to say, we had more fun than we probably should have. Get inspired by our mummy pumpkins and visit our retail store on 102 Fisherville Road in Concord, NH.

For now, stay with us for a moment and you’ll learn how to make your own mummy pumpkin to inspire everyone in your neighborhood.

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The secret? Lots and lots of gauze.

Making your own mummy pumpkins is a quick activity you can do with the whole family, no sharp knives necessary. We tried calling these cool-looking pumpkins “mumpkins” around here and it hasn’t caught on yet. For now, we’ll call them mummy pumpkins. After Halloween, when you’re done with your mummy pumpkins you can feed the pumpkin seeds to the birds.

Psst…making mummy pumpkins is perfect for those of us who haven’t yet mastered the art of carving Jack-O’-Lanterns.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pumpkins, as many as desired
  • Large googly eyes (found at Michael’s craft store)
  • Gauze (found in the first aid aisle of almost any store)*
  • Spray adhesive (we used Elmer’s)
  • Scissors

*NOTE: To give you a better idea of how much gauze to get…we used 4 boxes, each measuring 2-1/2 yards long, and our pumpkins were small- to medium-sized.

Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Decorate the pumpkins outside (not inside or the fumes may bother you)
  • Shake the can of spray adhesive well
  • Unroll the gauze a little at a time
  • Spray the gauze with adhesive, while you wrap the pumpkin

PRO TIP: You can spray either side of the gauze, whichever is more convenient for you. This helps the whole thing hold together well. The gauze is going to be a bit sticky, even after you’ve finished.

While you’re wrapping the pumpkin with gauze, be sure to turn the gauze both diagonally and horizontally to give the gauze a more layered, mummy-like look.

  • Once the pumpkin is about 3/4 of the way covered, spray the adhesive on the back of the googly eyes and place where desired

PRO TIP: The pumpkin is round and the googly eyes are flat, which means they may not stick well to the gauze immediately. That’s okay. Get another piece of gauze ready and lightly hold the eyes in place, while wrapping the gauze over the eyes. This will give your pumpkin a charming, yet ghoulish personality, like it’s peeping out of the gauze in terror.

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From start to finish.

  • If you haven’t already, cover as much of the pumpkin top as you can with gauze to give this pumpkin a “totally layered” mummy look
  • Remember to spray the glue each time you unroll more gauze

The Elmer’s spray glue we used is water-resistant, which will play nice with the pumpkins we’re keeping outside if it rains. With our finished mummy pumpkins, whether it rains or not, rest assured our mummy pumpkins will stay in one piece.

We hope you have as much fun making these fun indoor/outdoor Halloween decorations (and get as many compliments!) as we did. Check it out, we had so much fun…it looks like this pumpkin has seen a ghost!

This mummy pumpkin looks like its seen a ghost! See these pumpkins at Duncraft Retail Store at 102 Fisherville Road in Concord, NH.

This pumpkin looks so pale…like it’s seen a ghost!

How did your pumpkins turn out? What did you name your pumpkin(s)? Share your photos and more in the comments.

PRO TIP: After Halloween, when you’re done with your pumpkins, simply…

  • Remove any decorations
  • Cut the pumpkin in half
  • Serve outside & let birds eat the pumpkin seeds**
Bird feeding doesn't get any easier than this.

Bird feeding doesn’t get any easier than this.

**Want to hang your pumpkin? Use a needle and twine to thread through the sides of a pumpkin and create a hanging bird feeder.

Thank you, BrightNest for the inspiration for this article. Discover 4 more Halloween decoration ideas from the original article here.

Happy Birding!



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