Miniature Halloween People
While everyone else is busy carving huge jack-o-lanterns this Halloween you can do something much different. Making Halloween characters from corn and pumpkins is a fun project for kids or adults. Miniature people can be made to set outside, around the larger jack-o-lanterns, or inside on a shelf or table. They’re just adorable and there are lots of different ways to make them.
Kids especially love the corn and pumpkin characters because, instead of looking scary or weird, they look sweet and happy. But if you prefer your mini characters to be eerie, that’s easy to accomplish, too.
Use a miniature pumpkin to make the head for your Halloween character. Look for a squat but rounded pumpkin and design it the way you want. You can carve it with a small knife, as you would an ordinary jack-o-lantern, or you can just draw on the facial features with a marker. Or, use things like construction paper, felt, buttons, or similar items, to make the face of the jack-o-lantern. Whether you carve or glue on the features, first, cut a circle out of the bottom of the pumpkin and dispose of it. Scrape out the meat and seeds.
Use an ear of Indian corn as the body for the Halloween character. Keep the size of the chosen corn in mind when you cut the hole out of the bottom of the pumpkin. The hole you cut should be about the same in diameter as the corn is, about one-fourth of the way down the cob. Lay the corn on one side and cut a piece off of the end so that you have a flat end. This will be the stand for the character. Slide the other end of the character into the pumpkin head. If you want, lay a piece of ribbon over the top of the corn – before putting the head on – to make ribbon arms. With wired ribbon you can pose the arms so that it appears the pumpkin person is holding something – like a tiny broom or miniature trick-or-treat bag. Just glue the ribbon end to the object, whatever it may be. Instead of making arms for the character you can just put the pumpkin on the corn and tie a ribbon and bow around the neck.
There are lots of ways to make each pumpkin and corn character unique. Give each one a different face, use pipe cleaners instead of ribbon to make the arms, or even paint the pumpkins to give them each a different color head. The finished characters are just adorable and can be used to decorate inside or outdoors for Halloween.
Corn and Pumpkin Character