Tiger Pumpkin

Carve this tiger pumpkin for Halloween this year to guard your goodies.

Opt for a spooky tiger pumpkin instead of the standard jack-o-lantern for your front porch or as a party decoration.

 

You’ll need:

  • Serrated knife Pumpkin (about 9" tall and 8" wide)
  • Large spoon Printer and plain white paper
  • Mask template (download at allyou.com/tiger-mask)
  • Scissors -X-acto knife
  • 1 sheet black craft foam
  • White chalk
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Orange rickrack, 16" long
  • Felt-tip marker
  • Carving knife
  • 6 regular black pipe cleaners
  • Pair of 15-millimeter cat eyes (at suncatchereyes.com)
  • Giant chenille pipe cleaner (at Michaels craft store)
  • Glue dots (optional)
  • LED candle (at funkins.com)
  • Bowl, about 5" diameter

Step 1. Cut a 3" circle in bottom of pumpkin using serrated knife. Use spoon to remove pulp.
Step 2. Print mask template and cut out with scissors, then cut out eye holes with X-acto knife. Place template on craft foam and trace around it in chalk. Cut out mask with scissors and eye holes with X-acto knife. Glue rickrack along top edge of mask; trim ends.
Step 3. Press mask against pumpkin and trace around eye holes with felt-tip marker. Remove mask. Cut out eye holes on pumpkin with carving knife. Draw nose and mouth on pumpkin; carve out.
Step 4. Glue mask to face, aligning mask eye holes with pumpkin eye holes. For whiskers, glue
3 regular pipe cleaners on either side of nose; trim.
Step 5. Use hot glue or glue dots to adhere an eye to bottom edge of eye hole in pumpkin. Cut giant chenille pipe cleaner into 2 8" pieces. Fold into triangles and glue to pumpkin on either side of stem for ears.
Step 6. Place LED candle on inverted bowl. Place hole in pumpkin over LED.

 

**Take a shortcut:  Save time by using a store-bought mask instead of making one yourself.