Styrofoam Pumpkin

Want to make a Styrofoam pumpkin? This is safer and easier than carving a real pumpkin.

Age: 7

Difficulty: Easy

Time scale: 2 out of 5 Not including drying time.



  • styrofoam ball any size you like
  • skewer stick
  • small branch about 1/4 inch around x 3 inches long
  • MagicKote (surface coating for styrofoam)
  • small paint brush
  • felt pen
  • tacky glue
  • brown paper bag
  • paper towel
  • Craft paints in:

            orange, black, brown

How to Make a Styrofoam Pumpkin

Mark the center of a styrofoam ball and divide into 6 equals sections, from the top all the way around, to the center of the bottom.

Use a skewer stick to push and make an indentation on these lines. Push in about an 1/8 inch deep.


Add a few more random lines but not as deep on the rest. 

Put the ball on the table and push down to flatten the bottom slightly, so it will sit and not roll around. There is nothing worse than a rollie pollie pumpkin! Well, maybe there is but, that still could be pretty annoying!


Now, add the face design with a black felt pen.  Use the end of a skewer stick to push in the styrofoam to about a 1/4 inch deep, in these areas.



This doesn't have to be the traditional jack o lantern face. Use your imagination to come up with something completely unique. I know, this isn't very unique! Maybe next time.


Find a small branch about a 1/4 inch around. Cut or break it off to about 3 inches long. Put tacky glue on the end and push into the top center
of the styrofoam ball.

Paint a layer of MagicKote® on the entire surface, except on the stick.  
After drying completely, use a piece of brown paper bag to rub over the surface to smooth.

Now add another layer of Magickote® and let dry. Although this is an easy project, the drying time does slow things down.

Paint the recessed areas of the eyes, nose and mouth with black paint. Use orange to paint the rest of the pumpkin. Let dry and then add another layer of paint.

Use a mixture of 1 part brown paint to 3 parts water and apply all over the Styrofoam pumpkin. Make sure to get it down in the lines. Wipe with a damp paper towel to remove excess.

Think of this as an easier, safer version of pumpkin carving. No sharp knives required! 

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