My favorite thing about Halloween is easily the candy. And my least favorite thing about Halloween is the candy. I’m pretty much a sucker for all things sweet, and I have a hard time passing up free candy. In an effort to not eat quite as much candy, I thought it would be fun to use some of the leftover candy from my Halloween party to make a Halloween pumpkin craft instead. And I’m going to show you just how I did it.
When I showed my husband this, he said it looked like a Minecraft pumpkin, not quite what I was going for, but if you like Minecraft and think it looks like a Minecraft pumpkin, well then great. I just needed something to balance out my tall trick or treat tree on my mantel. And this modern Halloween pumpkin I made out of Starbursts and Skittles does just that.
The best part is that you’ll only need four things to make this fun Halloween craft.
- Black foam board
- Orange Starbursts
- Green skittles
- Hot Glue
Now let’s talk about how I made this. It looks easy but I’ll tell you right now, it’s easy to make a mistake and screw up the entire thing if you don’t pay close attention to what you’re doing.
First things first, you’ll need to go through and sort out the orange Starbursts and green Skittles. If you have kids that know their colors, this is something they can help with. And please let them because sorting candy into different colors is the worst job ever, but kids seem to like it.
Next up, you want to take those Starbursts and lay them out in a design on your black foam board. Once they’re laid out, take a picture of exactly what they look like before removing them from the foam board. If you don’t take a picture, I promise you’ll be recreating the design on the foam board over and over again so that you can remember exactly where the pumpkin’s eyes go. And I’m sure you can guess how I know that.
Once you’ve figured out exactly how you want your design to look, go ahead and start hot gluing the Starbursts onto the foam board to make your design. I did smaller chunks of the design together, such as the pumpkin’s mouth, to make sure that things were nice and evenly lined up all the way through.
Once you’ve finished gluing the Starbursts on and are happy with the design, it’s time to add the Skittle polka dots. First, figure out how far apart you want the Skittles. I wanted mine fairly close so I put each layer two inches apart (on an 11×14 foam board) vertically and an inch apart horizontally. Then once you’ve figured out your measurements, start gluing. I found it was easier to just leave the hot glue gun sitting on the table and squeeze a little glue right on the back of the Skittle from the table rather than picking up the glue gun and squeezing glue onto a Skittle each time. Just a little tip to save time and your fingers.
Continue until you’ve created rows of Skittle polka dots that are evenly spaced around your pumpkin and you’ve got one sweet Halloween decoration.