What could be more fun for Halloween than a chorus of bellowing gourds howling at the top of their lungs? Make these jolly fellows out of dollar store gourds, then embellish them with a little sequin glitz...vary the size of the wiggle eyes for interesting gazes!
For each gourd you will need
1 plastic covered, foam filled gourd (we found ours at the dollar store)
small sequins, we chose black
glass rocaille beads, that fit onto sequin pins
black water based gloss paint
wiggle eyes in varying sizes
pencil, hobby knife, tacky craft glue
Referring to photograph, use a pencil to draw two circle for the eye sockets and one larger circle for mouth, taking care to space eye sockets far enough apart to get two rows of sequins around the holes. With hobby knife, pierce skin, about 1/2-inch below the surface and cut around the line. Carefully peel up plastic skin and discard.
With the point of the hobby knife, carefully pluck away foam to 1/2-inch depth from the cut section, discarding the foam puffs that detach. When hole is cleaned to the desired depth; paint exposed foam with gloss black paint and allow to dry. Paint again, if necessary. Allow to dry thoroughly.
Once the black paint is dry, stack one bead and one sequin onto one sequin pin; pin into gourd covering the raw edge of skin where it meets the painted foam. Following photograph, trim eye sockets and mouth with bead-and-sequinned pins, dipping each pin into tacky craft glue before placing it into the gourd. Allow trim to dry.
When the sequins are dry, glue wiggle eyes in place--we set ours behind the sequin trim. You can use the same size eyes in each socket, or you can vary the size for more expression!
Click here to print your own copy of these instructions;Download Craft pdf Template-Howling Gourds