We’re getting closer and closer to Halloween and my Halloween block party! Its a potluck block party and I signed up for desserts just so I could bring my Cookie Monster Pumpkin. I originally saw this on Pinterest and like a lot of Pinterest pictures, there were no instructions. This isn’t the first Cookie Monster craft project I’ve done. I’ve also painted the Cookie Monster on my brother’s house key. The Cookie Monster obsession continues.
So here are some instructions on how I made my awesome Cookie Monster Pumpkin and here’s what you’ll need:
- Faux Pumpkin
- Blue Marlin Spray Paint
- White Primer
- Utility knife/sharp knife
- Optional: Drill/Drill bit
- 3″ Styrofoam Balls
- Black Acrylic Paint
- Paint brush
- Masking Tape/Painters Tape
- Drop cloth/Butcher paper/Something to protect the floor
To start, I used a pencil to sketch the outline of the cookie monster’s mouth. I wanted to keep this low on the pumpkin because eventually I’m going to shove cookies in his mouth that spill onto a plate. Don’t worry about being too neat about the lines. You’ll just spray paint over it later anyway. You just need it neat enough to give yourself a cutting guide.
Next, I took my drill and made a pilot hole so I could start cutting out the mouth. This probably isn’t entirely necessary, but it definitely helps to have a starting point. The pumpkin has a hard lacquer exterior, but its actually made of foam that’s pretty easy to cut through (at least that’s true for the one I got from Michaels). After drilling a pilot hole, I took my knife and started cutting out the mouth along the outline I drew with my pencil.
I started with a rough cut and started trimming out more and more to make the mouth bigger. Cookie Monster’s mouth is HUGE. However, its better to cut too little and trim larger because you can’t put back what you’ve cut off.
Next, it was time to start spray painting. But I didn’t want to spray paint the inside the mouth, so there was a series of experiments to figure out how to tape off the inside. If you’re planning to paint the inside of his mouth, you can probably skip this step. I didn’t decide to paint the inside until later so I taped off his mouth.
After some trial and error, I ended up with a method. Frankly, it was the only one that would hold. I taped strips of masking tape to line the inside of his mouth (sticky side out), starting from the outside corners of his mouth towards the middle. Once the hole of his mouth was too small for me to get my fingers through, I taped across the strips to close the hole of his mouth. This took some finagling, but it worked out. He kinda looks like he’s trying very hard to vomit tape.
Some of the pictures I saw on Pinterest painted the pumpkin stem blue, but I wanted to keep the brown color so he still looked like a pumpkin. I used the same masking tape to tape off the stem.
Now Cookie Monster was ready for paint. I took him outside, laid down some butcher paper to catch over spray, and sprayed on a thin layer of 2 in 1 primer. I didn’t have any plain primer on hand so I just went with the 2 in 1. After the first coat dried, I turned him to the side and primed the bottom.
I repeated the same process with the blue. I painted Cookie Monster with the Marlin Blue spray paint which turned out to be the perfect color. I picked it up from Michaels, but its also available on Amazon (see link above). The blue takes 2-3 coats to get full coverage and true color. Something was wrong with my can and I kept getting splatters that you can kind of see, but not from far away. To avoid this, try doing a few test sprays on the butcher paper first to test out the can.
I let Cookie Monster dry overnight before taking a paint brush and black acrylic paint to his insides. I squirted paint into his mouth and swiped the paint brush all over the inside. This was to prevent me from accidentally hitting the sides of his mouth with unintended paint. I avoided the edges near the mouth to keep the paint from getting all over the handle of the paint brush while painting the other parts. I was afraid that paint on the handle of the paint brush would result in paint on my hands which would inevitably end up on the exterior blue of Cookie Monster. That would’ve been bad. So, be careful and use the squirt-paint-into-the-mouth-and-slather-it-around-inside method. Paint the area closest to the mouth opening at the very end. Let it dry for 3-4 hours before continuing. I went to dinner.
Now for his eyeballs. I held up two Styrofoam balls up to his face and marked where they hit on the face. I drilled two holes with the smallest drill bit I could find.
Next, I screwed two screws from the inside of Cookie Monster outwards. I just used my fingers and turned the screw from the inside. If you happen to have a super tiny screwdriver you can get in there, go for it. My fingers worked fine. He looks super crazy and scary right now…and not in an awesomely cute way either.
Next, I screwed the Styrofoam eyeballs on. I’m sure you could use a bunch of things to secure the eyeballs on, but I wanted a secure hold to make sure the eyeballs wouldn’t go anywhere. I was afraid some overzealous kid would swat at him and an eyeball would come popping off so I opted for a more secure way to attach the eyeballs. Still looking crazy…
To finish him up, I painted two black circles with the same black acrylic paint and a pointed tip paintbrush onto the Styrofoam eyes. I painted the black circles so that they pointed in two directions to make him look extra Cookie Monster crazy.
He’s going to be a hit at the block party. I already know it.