DIY No-Carve Unicorn Pumpkin
Unicorns are currently everywhere and why shouldn’t they be? They’re awesome. From clothing to cakes to everything in between it seemed like with Halloween just around the corner the perfect time to tackle the unicorn jack o’ lantern!
Or, rather, the unicorn no-carve pumpkin!
Totally taking inspiration from those gorgeous unicorn cakes I keep seeing in my Instagram feed I decided to adorn this unicorn with a mane of faux florals, similar to the icing flowers I’ve seen. You can, however, decide to make your horse’s hair out of whatever you please, like, ribbons, clay, or yarn, for example.
Want to see how to go from so plain to so magical?
For this project you will need:
- White funkin (fake) pumpkin
- Air-dry clay
- Black paint pen
- Fake flowers
- Gold glitter
- Wood skewers
- Craft knife
- Hot glue
Take your pumpkin and using a sharp wood skewer make a hole where you want to place the horn.
Grab a chunk of air-dry clay and form it into a cone shape around your skewer.
Embellish as you see fit… I decided to cut away the clay in a spiral pattern around the horn. Allow drying at least 24 hours.
Roll out a piece of air-dry clay to about 1/4 – 1/2 an inch thick and cut out 2 unicorn ears using a craft knife. Smooth up the edges and, if you would like curved ears, rest over something like a pill bottle to dry for at least 12 hours.
Paint and/or glitter your horn and ears (I left my ears alone) and allow them to dry.
Using your paint marker draw two “U” shapes with lines coming off of them to look like eyes and eyelashes. If you make a mistake, like a smudge, remove the offense with rubbing alcohol (I used 91% Isopropyl alcohol quite successfully).
Add your horn onto your pumpkin via the skewer. Glue in the place where necessary, if necessary.
Grab a handful of fake florals from the bargain bin at your local dollar or big box store and give them a little bit of magic with some glitter spray.
Now, since this is fall-ish and for Halloween I went with a darker, more robust jewel tone palette of florals but you can stick with the pretty, pastel colors or rainbow of colors that is more common.
Using a sharp wooden skewer, make holes in the top and around the horn of your pumpkin. Place the metal stem of a floral there.
Once the top is fairly well filled out, add your ears. Glue if necessary.
Work the flowers down one side like a side-swept ponytail to finish up this floral mane.
Now my unicorn pumpkin was decidedly front-heavy and kept tipping over. The cheapest solution I could come up with to weigh it down was pennies! Using a craft knife cut an oddly shaped, small hole in the back of the pumpkin. Fill with a handful of pennies and then push the piece back into place. I didn’t need to glue mine back in place, but you might find you need to.
And that’s that! One magical but totally no carve unicorn jack o’lantern… totally on trend and totally making me swoon!