DIY Cool Black Cat Jack-O-Lantern

Black cat jack-o-lanterns are a fun way to shake up that pumpkin carving.  The great thing about these cats is that you don’t have to carve the huge pumpkin.  It’s too early to carve these kitties so I’m going to use glow in the dark paint for the eyes until Halloween. Thanks to Sunset for the cute idea.

Create a spooky trio of glossy black cats to watch over trick-or-treaters at your door. All you need are a few pumpkins in feline shapes ― long or pear-shaped for the body, small and round for the face.

At the pumpkin patch, look for body shapes with character and a stable base. They can lean to one side (like a cat on its haunches) but shouldn’t wobble.

Choose a tall one for an elegant cat, or a squat orange heirloom for a chubby cat curled on its paws. Test a few “heads” until you find a good match.

This twist on the traditional jack-o’-lantern cuts down on some of the usual pumpkin cleaning: No need to hollow out the body. Just clean out and carve the head, then add mini pumpkin paws, curvy cucumber tails, and ears from stiffened felt or black card stock from the craft store. Then, light the candle, get the candy, and watch your Halloween cats come to life.


Images from Sunset.

For full instructions visit Sunset.

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