jack o lanterns!

What’s even better than being Santa and his elf for Halloween? Being two great big adorable Jack o Lanterns for Halloween! Appropriate costume theme is appropriate. LOL

I can’t remember if it was big brother or little brother that first came up with the idea. But they both went for it and I set to work. Though I had a slight moment where I was disappointed in the perceived lack of creativity in their choice. (I told a friend, “It doesn’t stretch my skills!”) Boy was I able to eat those words.

You think jack o lanterns are so basic and easy, but nooooo, they certainly were not. Not only did I stretch my own construction skills, I gave my poor sewing machine quite a workout. I was really WRESTLING with my little machine versus these big costumes. But in the end, me and my machine prevailed!

I took foam panels like this and cut out elongated, pointed end oval shapes to represent the segmented look of pumpkin rind. I made sure each pointed end met in the middle to form a sphere shape. Then I cut off the pointed ends and sandwiched the foams slices in between two sheets of orange felt. Then I sewed each segment together. As I kept adding panels, that’s when the sewing machine wresting began! Phew, it was pretty exhausting.

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I also whipped up these tees for me and Mike. Dork alert!

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materials used:

craft felt
poly foam panels
fiberfill
thread
cardboard
elastic
spray adhesive

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