Believe it or not, I have never carved or decorated a pumpkin for fall or Halloween. It’s just not something I ever did growing up, and as a result, it never occurred to me to try it as an adult. But in recent years, I’ve really started getting into some of the fun surrounding Halloween, and this was one of the stones left unturned. So when Walmart challenged me to create a pumpkin design using Duck brand tape, I jumped at the chance! While we will do a traditional carved pumpkin, this project let me get my feet wet without the mess.
After much thought, I decided I’d try to make a bat:
I love how he turned out! Here’s how I did it:
- Foam pumpkin (or a real pumpkin, if you wish)
- Roll of black Duck tape (aff)
- Sheet of yellow Duck tape
- Sheet of glow in the dark Duck tape
- Posterboard or scrap cardboard
Step 1: Cover the pumpkin with tape
I thought about leaving the stem on the pumpkin, but I liked the round look better without it, so I removed the stem. On this particular foam pumpkin, it just popped right out.
Working from the top center to the bottom center, cover the pumpkin with black Duck tape.
The textured pumpkin will make it impossible to get the tape completely smooth, but just do the best you can. Be sure to put the pieces of tape close enough to each other to avoid gaps.
Step 2: Create the wings
On my posterboard, I freehand drew a bat wing the way I imagined it in my head. In case you’re not quite comfortable drawing freehand, I created a template for the bat face and wing shape. Click the image below to download the bat pumpkin template, which contains the wings and the face.
Print and use it as a stencil. You can also use scrap cardboard if you don’t have posterboard on hand. A cereal box would be more than sufficient.
Once I cut out the single wing shape, I flipped it over and traced it to create the opposite wing.
Next, cover the wing shapes with black Duck tape. Starting with the front of the wing, overlap the tape past the ends of the wing shape. Then flip it over and do the same to the back.
Around the edges of the wing shape, press closely so you can see the outline of the shape. Then cut away the excess tape.
Trust me when I say that the tape is easier to cut when sandwiched with sticky sides together than with the sticky side exposed.
Finally, cut about a 3-inch piece of Duck tape and use it like a hinge to attach the wings to the covered pumpkin.
Step 3: Make the ears
Cut two pieces of black Duck tape about 5-6″ long. Fold each piece in half, sticky sides together. From each folded piece, cut a triangle shape.
Attach the ears to the top of the pumpkin using 1″ pieces of tape.
Step 4: Create the face
I couldn’t find a sheet of yellow Duck tape at my store, so I used a roll of tape instead. However, the sheets of tape would make this part a lot easier.
Using the bat pumpkin template, trace and cut out the eye shapes in yellow tape. Position them on the front of the pumpkin wherever they fit best.
Next, you’ll want to move on to your glow in the dark tape sheet. Trace and cut out the eyeball and fang shapes. Stick the eyeballs in the center of the yellow eye shapes and center the fangs under the eyes.
The resulting effect is that the face and fangs will glow in a dark room, sort of the way you imagine a bat’s eyes would glow in a dark cave. Except creepier 🙂
You’re done! I’m really proud of my little bat, and I’m seriously considering making a group of them and hanging them from the dining room ceiling.
Those glowing eyes would make for interesting trips to the kitchen in the middle of the night!
The folks at Duck Tape are having their annual Stick or Treat Duck Tape Jack-o-Lantern contest. Submit a photo of your creation to enter for a $1000 prize! I’m sure that some of you will come up with much more creative ideas than I did, and I’d love to see them if you do!
Now that I have my first Duck tape craft under my belt, I’m trying to come up with other creative ways to use it. I see some recycled glass bottle projects in my future!
Disclosure: I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. Walmart has provided me with compensation for sharing my Duck tape pumpkin project and the Stick or Treat contest with you. Participation is voluntary and as usual, all opinions are my own.