I’ll tell you a secret about me: I’m not talented when it comes to carving or doing artwork on a pumpkin. So, when Halloween rolls around, I have to be more creative to display a pumpkin for the holiday. I can definitely paint a pumpkin gold or silver, or stick wiggly eyes all over it, and either of those is a great look for a pumpkin. Each year, though, I feel like I have to make a different pumpkin than I’ve made in previous years. For this Halloween I’m thinking about making a mummy pumpkin. It requires no carving, no painting, and no talent – perfect for me! Whether you have trouble carving a pumpkin, or you’re just looking for something cute and easy, try making a mummy pumpkin, too.
Many no-carve pumpkin projects require you to at least paint. But when you make a mummy pumpkin there is no paint involved. What you need instead of paint is gauze. When you wrap the pumpkin with it you create the look of a mummy for Halloween. Your mummy won’t be frightening, though; it will be simply adorable. When you finish it you’ll be able to use it as a table centerpiece, a step sitter, or a home decoration.
Wipe the pumpkin down so that the eyes will stick to it. Use large, peel-n-stick, wiggly eyes and put them where you want them on the pumpkin. If the wiggly eyes that you use are not adhesive simply put a dot of hot glue on each of them.
Purchase a roll of wide gauze and use it to wrap the pumpkin. Although you can use the gauze as it is you could also make it look much older and dirtier by using tea or coffee. Make some, pour it into a bowl, and put the gauze in it. Allow it to soak for an hour or so, stirring it occasionally to ensure the entire bandage gets tinted, and then take it out. Squeeze out the excess liquid, lay the gauze out on plastic, and allow it to dry.
Wrap the gauze around the pumpkin by starting near the stalk, going down and under the bottom, and back up. Continue wrapping the pumpkin, covering it completely, but leaving the eyes peeking out. Finish by using a dot of hot glue to secure the end of the bandage to the top of the pumpkin.
It’s optional to put a hat on the mummy pumpkin. Use anything from a doll hat, to a man’s hat, depending on the size of the pumpkin. When you’re finished with him, set him anywhere around your house, and get ready to see people smiling as they see it.