Kids will have a blast making lots of funny pumpkin faces with this easy Halloween craft!
Mix and Match Pumpkin Faces
At Halloween time, even though they can’t carve the Jack ‘O Lanterns themselves, kids love to help pick out the pumpkin faces! (I know I sure did!)
However, with this Mix and Match Pumpkin Faces craft, kids can not only pick out the pumpkin face ideas, they can make them too!
Using craft sticks and paint, kids can design a variety of creative eyes, noses, and mouths — then swap them out to make different pumpkin faces!
We used velcro stickers to attach our pumpkin faces to our pumpkin “stem,” which holds them all together.
This pumpkin faces Halloween kids craft requires only basic supplies that even young kids can handle themselves.
But making is only half the fun!
After they’ve made all the pieces, kids can play for hours putting together different pumpkin faces! Our example is pretty basic, but you can really have fun with this one — paint unique shapes, use different color paints, or even attach stickers, gemstones, and the like!
My daughter and I spent the afternoon painting pumpkin faces — she looks very serious, but I promise she enjoyed herself! Crafting is one of her favorite activities and she has a special bag of her own favorite craft supplies.
I can’t wait to see what you create!
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How to Make Craft Stick Pumpkin Faces
First, watch our quick tutorial video below to see how we made this craft, then how you can swap out the pieces to make countless pumpkin faces. Then, keep reading after the video for full photo step-by-step instructions and tips.
TIP: We used extra-jumbo craft sticks – about 8 inches long and almost an inch wide.
First, we painted a bunch of craft sticks orange. You need at least 7 to fill up the pumpkin (4 plain orange, 1 set of eyes, 1 nose, and 1 mouth). However, you’ll want to paint a few more so you can design different facial features to swap in and out.
Next, we painted on craft stick green at the top. This is our pumpkin “stem” and it is where we will attach all of our pumpkin face pieces.
After all of our orange craft sticks are dry, we used black paint to create different sets of eyes, noses, and mouths. You can make as many as you like!
TIP: Be sure to leave 4 craft sticks plain orange for every pumpkin you make.
Allow paint to dry completely, then attach 7 velcro stickers to your stem, leaving the very top green. This will peek out the top, so you don’t want a sticker there.
Attach the opposite velcro stickers to the back of each of your orange pieces, in the middle.
Now it’s time to play and make lots of funny pumpkin faces!