How to Make a Pumpkin Look Like a Horse

By Alina McKee

Whether you are making a pumpkin look like a horse for Halloween or if you need a festive decoration for a party, kids and adults can participate in this craft. A large pumpkin, a few squashes and some materials you'll find at department, craft and hardware stores can transform into a memorable autumn craft that your guests will enjoy. Make several pumpkin horses and place them in front of a larger pumpkin to imitate the horse-drawn carriage of a fairytale princess.

List of Items Needed

  • Large pumpkin
  • Knife
  • 5 wooden kabob skewers
  • 2 large butternut squash
  • 4 large, yellow crookneck squash
  • Craft glue
  • Raffia
  • Large googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • 2 1/2 feet brown felt
  • Rotary tool equipped with a multipurpose cutting bit accessory
  1. Cut off the stem of the pumpkin by edging the knife blade under the stem and making a shallow, slicing cut or use a handheld rotary tool equipped with a multipurpose cutting bit accessory.

  2. Pierce one butternut squash on the fat end with a skewer and stick the other end of the skewer into the top left side of the pumpkin for a neck.

  3. Pierce the fat end of the other butternut squash with a skewer and stick the other end of the skewer into the top of the first butternut squash to create the head.

  4. Poke one end of a skewer into the side of the fat end of a crookneck squash and stick the other end of the skewer into the bottom of the pumpkin to create a leg. Position the squash so that it looks like the horse is sitting with its legs out in front.

  5. Repeat Step 4 with the other three crookneck squash.

  6. Cut a strip of raffia around 1 foot long.

  7. Cut a separate bundle of raffia around 2 feet long.

  8. Tie the shorter length of raffia around the top of the longer raffia to create a bundle.

  9. Glue the tied end of the bundle to the butternut squash for the mane.

  10. Repeat Steps 6, 7 and 8 and glue the bundle to opposite end of the pumpkin for a tail.

  11. Glue a googly eye to each side of the head.

  12. Cut the brown felt into an oval and drape it over the top of the pumpkin for a saddle.

  13. Carve additional features into the horse, such as its mouth and nose openings, using a rotary tool equipped with a multipurpose cutting bit accessory.

Tips and Warnings

  • Paint your horse using acrylic craft paints to make it all one color.
  • Wear protective eye wear when operating power tools.

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