I guess we must have mummies on the brain ever since we did our Masking Tape Mummy craft. So here is tonight’s last minute project: A Glow-in-the-Dark Mummy Pumpkin. This little guy worked up in about fifteen minutes, and it was a nice wind-down craft after a hectic day. We used a small pumpkin, but you could easily modify this for any size gourd.
What you will need:
- A small pumpkin – real or fake
- White gauze
- Googly eyes
- Glue – Tacky glue is pictured, but I had better luck with hot glue
- Glow-in-the-dark craft paint
Start by unrolling your gauze. If your pumpkin is small like the one we used, the gauze might be too large. We unrolled our gauze and cut it into two long strips, which also gave it a nice, raggedy look. Start by gluing the gauze to the top of the pumpkin. If you have patience and time on your side you can use regular white glue. I ended up using hot glue because I have neither. Ha ha. Sort of.
Please use extreme caution if you decide to use hot glue with little ones around. Sometimes when I use hot glue I set up a separate hot glue station in the kitchen. By the time I walk the project back into the dining room (where the craftiness happens) the glue is dry and cool and safe to handle. As always, do what works for you.
Once your gauze is glued in place, start wrapping it around the pumpkin. There are some different approaches to this – we found it was fun to turn the pumpkin while holding the gauze, but it worked a little better to wrap the gauze around the pumpkin. It was also helpful to use glue to tack some of the pieces of gauze in place. We wrapped it around until we had used about half of the gauze. Then we glued the eyes in place and continued wrapping.
After the eyes are glued down, we wrapped the next few layers so that the eyes were peeking out between the gauze. By this point we had almost completely wrapped our little mummy up. When you are satisfied with the wrapping, use a little bit of glue to tack the end of the gauze down.
You can stop here, but I had recently purchased some glow-in-the-dark paint that I was itching to try out, so we grabbed a paintbrush and started dabbing the paint all over the mummy pumpkin. The gauze really soaks the paint up, so be prepared to use quite a bit. We had fun turning out the light and deciding where we needed more paint.
Don’t forget to paint the back side!
That’s it! Turn out the lights and enjoy the glow! I think this is a great alternative to carving pumpkins, and a mummy pumpkin family would be a fun project for a Fall afternoon – or a wind-down, end of day activity. Enjoy!