DIY black cat pumpkins

Candid scene of parents and children drawing on pumpkin with marker for Halloween

Materials Needed

1. Faux pumpkins of various sizes and shapes
2. Hot glue gun and glue sticks
3. Black paint
4. Foam paintbrush
5. Scissors
6. Black craft foam
7. Medium-tipped white paint marker
8. White craft paint
9. Small craft paintbrush
10. Gray and light brown pipe cleaners
11. Felt (light gray, light brown or red)
12. Black marker


1. Cover pumpkins with three coats of black exterior paint, allowing paint to dry fully between coats.

2. Time to create the ears and eyes! Use scissors to cut two arrow-shaped ears out of a piece of black craft foam. Use a kitchen knife to cut a small slot in the top of the pumpkin to fit the ears. Apply a dab of hot glue to ear tabs’ back side then insert them into the ear slots. Use a white paint pen to draw on angled cat eyes then fill them in using the paint pen or a small paintbrush and white craft paint.

3. Next, create and attach the nose and whiskers. To create a nose, use a black marker to draw an arch on one corner of a felt sheet, then cut along the marked line. Apply a dab of hot glue to the center of the nose only and secure it to the pumpkin just below the eyes. Cut three pipe cleaners in half and use hot glue to attach them to the pumpkin under the edges of the felt nose. Using a faux pumpkin ensures you can display your crafty kitties year after year — just store them somewhere relatively cool to prevent the hot glue from melting. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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