Ready or not, folks, welcome to October!
I love fall, it has always been my favorite season. I love the crisp air, the falling leaves, the scent on the wind. Love. Love. Love. I love hayrides, bonfires, and Thanksgiving.
Today, incidentally, is the anniversary of the Magic Kingdom! It opened its gates Oct 1, 1971. Happy 42nd Birthday, Magic Kingdom! (See my Magic Kingdom Tips & Walk Through Guide.)
Just over a year ago we were taking our first steps ever into the Magic Kingdom.
Here we are...
I was so excited when I learned they would be decorated for fall.
These are really easy to make. They are not, however, weather-proof. That is because the ears are made of this:
Basically, all you need are 5 things.
Cardboard, bamboo skewers, hot glue, black spray paint, and a pumpkin.
You'll need 6 for Minnie, because she, of course, needs her bow.
You can also add sprinkles of glitter like I did (you can see the black glitter on the Mickey photo above. Minnie had purple, obviously). I was having a hard time deciding what color to make Minnie's bow and glitter. Life decisions of this magnitude are really, really difficult. So... I deferred to my lovely bestie, (and fellow Disnerd) Lori, who I was shopping with. She picked purple for a Halloween, but not TOO Halloween feel.
You know what? I think it looks perfect. Well done, Lori, well done.
You'll start, of course, with a pumpkin. Spray paint it black. I used cheap flat spray paint. I love the color it made them. A very cool almost bluish black. Then, grab some cardboard. Mine, obviously, was a Cheerios box. Try to sort of match the ears to contour of the pumpkin after you cut them out. It's pretty hard to get them exact, and honestly, it doesn't matter, they still look great. You can see my Mickey ears aren't perfect. Attach a dowel rod to the back, allow to dry (be careful, hot glue is HOT, this step is definitely for adults only). Spray the ears black as well. Sprinkle both the ears and the pumpkin with a little glitter when they are still wet (if desired). Using a knife or ice pick (again, a step for grown ups), make a guide hole in the pumpkin for the skewer. The skewer is too weak to pierce its way fully into the pumpkin. If making Minnie tie and attach bow (I used hot glue).
Stand back and admire your work.
Since you've pierced the pumpkins they will eventually go bad, like a Jack-O-Lantern.
As I said, they are not weather-proof, but I like to put them out on the porch on nice days.
I really like the simplistic, classic look of the black pumpkins. I've scoured the internet and can't find any like them, so I'm feeling pretty happy with my decision to make them like this.
I really hope you enjoy them too!
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Mickey & Minnie Black Icon Pumpkins
craft tutorial by Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers
Black Spray Paint (flat or glossy, I prefer flat) OR
Black Craft Paint
Cardboard (I used cereal boxes)
Polka Dot Ribbon (optional)
Hot Glue Gun
Knife or Ice Pick
Spray/paint your pumpkin black. It will take at least 2 coats.
Draw ears onto cardboard & cut out. Try match the ears to contour of the pumpkin after you cut them. It's difficult to get them exact, and honestly, it doesn't matter, they still look great.
Attach a skewer to the back of the ear, allow to dry (hot glue is HOT, this step is definitely for adults only).
Spray the ears black as well. Sprinkle both the ears and the pumpkin with a little glitter when they are still wet (if desired).
Using a knife or ice pick (also a step for grown ups), make a guide hole in the pumpkin for the skewers. (The skewer is too weak to pierce its way fully into the pumpkin)
If making Minnie tie and attach bow (I used hot glue).