I have 4 grimacing little pumpkin/gourds to share today! I saw these in Martha Stewart Magazine several years ago - and every year I just have to make a few!
They are SO easy to make and really just crack me up!
First you draw a rectangle by holding up a pair of Dracula teeth (readily available during the Halloween season at places like CVS or Rite Aid - or the Halloween shops that show up for the season), close the teeth and trace around the edges. Usually I buy white teeth but I found clear/glow in the dark ones this year. The eyes are Map Tacks. I just happened to have two boxes from my father - red and black. Once the mouth space is cut out - scrape out the seeds with a spoon.
When you cut the rectangle, it's better to have it a little smaller than you need - then you can try the teeth in the space and cut it bigger if you need to. I found I needed to shave the back of the opening at an angle so the pumpkin didn't 'spit' his teeth right out (!) You can see that happening with the spook on the left below - and sometimes you just need to push them in a little further.
If they pop right into the pumpkin - they are easily retrieved as they are very flexible!
If you turn the teeth one way they have an under bite - like mine with red eyes - turning the teeth the other way give an over bite - like mine with the black eyes. The under bite makes them look a little meaner don't you think??!
My little guys wanted to play with the big pumpkins I have on my steps - so I let them - but then they had to come inside!
They do eventually rot just like a regular cut out pumpkin - they can last a week to two weeks or more, depending on the temperature around them. You can make them out of little orange pumpkin gourds but I think they are spookier in the white!
Using the Map Tacks for the eyes - you need to keep them away from little hands!
We had a beautiful sunny day today here in MA - I was out doing errands without a coat - but the nights are cooling down to the 30's - 40's lovely fall weather.
I got some cleaning up done in the garden - getting ready for the winter!
Now that it's dark - I have to go see if my pumpkin's teeth do glow in the dark!!
I'm linking my grimacing pumpkins to the A Vintage Journey challenge - Make it Spooky!