Hello! It has been a while since I have carved pumpkins. The last time I did was in college after a group of us went to a local farm and picked apples and pumpkins one beautiful fall day. While growing up, my family always carved pumpkins and it was always a wonderfully messy time!
For some reason I can’t seem to get myself in the mood to get all messy and carve real pumpkins again. Instead I opted to buy fake pumpkins I can reuse year to year and painted them instead! I purposefully kept my painted design to just one side of the pumpkin so I can re-use the other side of the pumpkins for Thanksgiving decorations!
I purchased three white pumpkins on sale for just $5 each at Michael’s craft store. Since I have always loved vintage clowns, ever since I costume-designed a play set in a 1914 French circus, I decided to make some vintage clown pumpkins! I have tons of circus research saved that came in handy for this project!
- Pumpkins! Fake or real
- Paint (I used acrylic paint)
- Paper – different colors and patterns
- Scissors, tape, glue gun
- Fabric trim
I created the clown pumpkin accessories out of paper – it was economical and works with the vintage feel I was going for. I made things up as I went trying to figure out new ways to manipulate the paper to look like ruffs and bows. For the hats I cut a half circle and wrapped them up, using tape to secure them. I added yarn pom-pons to the top and buttons down the front. Pleating a thin strip of paper worked well to add to the bottom of the hat using a glue gun.
For the ruffs I tried a couple different things – folding the fabric into accordion pleats and also cutting into small pieces and looping it. I used tape wherever I knew it wouldn’t be seen.
Once I had the paper accessories created, I painted clown faces on the front of the pumpkins using my orange and black paints. I did not attach any of my paper accessories to the pumpkins since I want to reuse the pumpkins in a different capacity, but you could hot-glue them on so they don’t move if knocked.
My husband thinks my little clowns look creepy, but they look pretty harmless to me! For some reason, vintage clowns creep me out way less than modern clowns…who knows why! I like that everything about these pumpkins, aside from the small faces I painted on the front, is temporary and can easily be taken apart!