Pumpkin Jail

When I visited my parents last, I saw a bag of tiny skeletons on the kitchen counter. I asked my mom what she was doing with them and apparently dad had bought them but didn’t have any projects in mind… so I came up with one that I had been wanting to make for a while.

We used:

Fake but carvable pumpkin
Plastic skeletons
Small plastic cup
X-acto knife
Dowel rods
Hot glue gun
Fake tea lights

To start, we decided how large we wanted our jail to be and drew out the rectangle. We also drew a smaller rectangle on the other side so we would have a way to put candles in. Then my dad cut both out carefully with an X-acto knife. The front rectangle remained empty, but the back rectangle slid back in while not in use. This left us with an empty pumpkin and an empty jail cell.

We didn’t want our skeletons to be sitting on the bottom of the pumpkin, so we made a β€œfloor” out of foam and hot glued it in. Once the floor was set where we wanted, we started hot gluing the skeletons in. One of the skeletons sat on a β€œstool” made out of a plastic cup, one stood in the front ready to look out of the cell, and the other two are hiding in the back.

To make the jail cell bars, we cut the dowel rods with the knife about an inch longer than the rectangle’s height. This way, when we glued them in from the back they had plenty of room to attach to the pumpkin. We globbed on the hot glue and placed them as evenly as we could inside the jail front.

Now that our setting was done, I took off the back rectangle, placed in the tea lights, and then covered the back up again. It turned out even better than I expected and now mom can use it year after year! It didn’t take nearly as long as I expected it to and I got to spend some much needed time with my dad in his workshop 😊 I can’t wait to see your Halloween projects!! As always, if you take any fun pictures or videos of any crafts, tag me on Instagram @SmileMakePeopleWonder and use the hashtag #DandelionSmiles. Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on the next exciting idea.


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