My name is Erika. I'm in love with making art, collecting old things & chasing after my two kiddos. This blog is a peek into my happy accidents & plots of total world domination.


DIY Pug Power Pumpkin

I wanted to do a pumpkin dedicated to my little dogs this year. I know I know it's a little crazy but they are seriously like my little furry children- since I don't have human ones. They both get very excited to dress up every year for halloween.  I am thinking maybe this year they should be little sharks- dressed up little twins.  Going into the pumpkin carving process I wanted to use a block stamp method- so I used the same little tools that you use to make a stamp.   

1. 1 pumpkin- depends on how large you want to make your pet's darling face.
2.  stamp carvers- I used one that looked like a small exact-o knife and another that looked like a U shaped tip-
3.  acrylic paint if you want to paint your animals face a color
4.  a piece of paper
5. regular knife
6.  pencil
7.  tape
8.  paintbrush
Time to get started! Are you ready to carve?
1.  Take your piece of paper and draw your pet's face.  It doesn't have to be perfect - but the simplier the better and just do a line drawing.  If you want to add any words write them out- I suggest using a block style
2.  Cut out the top of your pumpkin and take out the brains of your pumpkin. They are brains right? or is it pumpkin guts?
3.  Tape the drawing to your pumpkin
4.  Take your exacto knife shaped tool and trace the lines of your pumpkin and be patient! Do not cut all the way through to the inside of the pumpkin.
5.  Remove the bits of paper
6.  Take your U shaped tool and start carving out your pumpkin.  Can you see your pet's face shining through yet?
7.  Paint the words and pets face. and that's it! Your done :)
I have gotten more compliments having this bad boy sitting on my front porch.


Anonymous said...

Great pumpkin! I haven't decided if I'm carving pumpkins this year or not...still time to decide I suppose.

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tinajo said...

It´s so cool! I may have to pick this tradition up even though I´m swedish! :-D

Sub Radar (Mike) said...

This is one of the best things I have ever seen haha. I love pugs!

Amanda said...


Michelle said...

SO CUTE! Can you make one for my Pom?? :-)

Running with a Glue Gun said...

I love it, and the detail is so good! :)

Blue Eyed Night Owl said...

Looks great! And I love pugs<3

Sarah said...

OH-MY-GOSH. Words can't describe...I'm speechless!

- Sarah

Kailey said...

You did an incredible job! :0

Angela said...

So, so cute!

Alycia said...

how cute! it looks great! it's not easy to draw a pug :)

Teresa said...

That's hillarious. Pugs have the sweetest - and crafty - friends.
Happy Halloween!!!

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Oooh I want precious!! x

punkychewster said...

OMG you are seriously SERIOUS! that is amazing (not to mention a TONNE of work)!!!!!


Rose Clearfield said...

That is too funny! Your pugs would look awesome as little sharks.

hannah, heart city said...

this is the coolest! so creative. what a lucky pug!

Unknown said...

I would love to see this glowing!! I bet it is so rad! happy halloween.

Jess said...

Awwww this is the cutest! What a fun idea. Thanks for sharing :)

pretty odd wonders. said...

this is, like, the coolest pumpkin ever! this will be my first pumpkin carving year, I'm excited!

Victoria said...

What a fun pumpkin. I love the creative carving!

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