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This pumpkin is just waiting for different expressions. The fun of jack-o-lanterns!

Wire coat hanger project


  • Wire coat hanger
  • White glue
  • Tape
  • Orange, black, green and brown construction paper
  • Copy of curved strips and stem (Pattern)


  1. Cut orange paper into 1 ¼” x 12″ strips (enough for 3 ½ strips per pumpkin)
  2. Cut orange strip 1 ¼” x 12″ (one per pumpkin)
  3. Copy curved strips on orange paper and cut out
  4. Copy stem on brown paper and cut out
  5. Form the coat hanger into an elongated circle (shape of pumpkin)
  6. Fold the 1 ¼” x 12″ strips in half lengthwise. Using one strip at a time, and starting immediately under the hook of the coat hanger, with the folded side to the inside of the pumpkin shape, form the strip around the wire.  There will be a gathered look on the inside of the strip.
  7. Run a line of white glue on the wire inside of the strip and hold down for a few seconds for the glue to take a hold. Slightly overlap the next strips and continue around the wire, shaping and gluing as you go.
  8. Center the 12″ strip, fold ends to the back and tape down.
  9. Place the curved strips on each side of the center strip, fold ends to the back and tape down.
  10.  On the black paper, draw two eyes, a nose and a mouth. Cut them out and glue them on the strips of orange paper.
  11.  Cut out the brown stem, center it over the wire hook and tape on the back side.
  12. Draw one large and one small leaf on the green paper. Outline with a black marker, adding veins. Cut out and glue or tape to the top of the pumpkin.
  13. Cut a strip of brown paper and roll it around a pencil to form a curlicue. Tape it to the top of the pumpkin behind one of the leaves.

Note: If time permits, highlight the leaves, eyes, nose and mouth with gold glitter glue.

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