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Updated: 10/19/18 – I thought I’d spruce up and reshare this post from a few years ago. I’ve always been so pleased with how my painted cat pumpkin turned out and hope someone else enjoys seeing it and maybe tries turning their own pumpkin into one of their cats! 🙂
One of my favorite Halloween/Fall activities is visiting a pumpkin patch and picking out a couple pumpkins to bring home and decorate. My husband and I have carved and painted pumpkins all kinds of ways, but one of my favorite pumpkin projects was the year we decided to turn our pumpkins into cats!
Which one is mine and which one is my husband’s? I’ll give you one guess…
The Sampy Cat pumpkin is mine! 🙂
The resemblance is uncanny, right?!? You can’t tell in this photo, but I even made the tip of the cat pumpkin’s tail white with a black dot on the tip. That is one of Sampy’s most adorable features – I couldn’t leave it off his pumpkin-likeness.
Bobby’s pumpkin! We’ve decided that it looks like a cross between the Cheshire Cat and a raccoon.
As you can tell from the photos, Bobby and I had very different pumpkin painting strategies. I had my pumpkin planned out in my head before I even started. Bobby picked out random colors and art supplies and came up with his creation on the fly. I think both turned out pretty neat!
If you’re interested in creating a cat pumpkin like this, here is a list of supplies used and a step-by-step guide:
Painted Cat Pumpkin Supplies:
Bobby used all of the same supplies too, but he also used feathers for his cat pumpkin’s hair.
Step 1: I painted my entire pumpkin black, then let it dry overnight.
Step 2: The next day, I painted the face. I had to use multiple layers of yellow paint tin order to cover up the black.
Step 3: I cut out two ears from a sheet of thick black felt. Then I painted the pink triangles and let it dry.
Step 4: While the ears were drying, I cut the white pipe cleaners in half for the whiskers and hot-glued them on.
Step 5: I hot-glued the ears on.
Step 6: I twisted and bent the giant black pipe cleaner until I was happy with the tail’s shape and size. Then I dipped the end of it in white paint.
Step 7: I hot-glued the tail onto the side of the pumpkin. This turned out to be trickier than anticipated. The weight of the tail was more than could be supported by the base of the tail, so it just drooped over. I had to use a twist-tie (like from a loaf of bread) to rig it up so it would stay sticking up in the air.
Step 8: I added the black dot to the tip of the tail.
Voila! The finished product:
The cool thing about this project is that it was really easy and simple. Also, the colors used can be changed to make your cat pumpkin look like your own cat! I chose to do a likeness of Sampy because his colorings are very simple – black and white. The other kitties are striped and hodge-podgey. I am not much of an artist and did not feel like I could accurately portray them as pumpkins in a very flattering way. I wish I could have painted all of them!
So what do you think? Will you be painting your own cat pumpkin? I’d love to see it if you do!