These Duck Tape pumpkins are are fun no-carve Halloween idea… And if you use pie pumpkins, you can repurpose them to make homemade pumpkin puree when Halloween is over!
Did you know that Duck Brand duct tape comes in over 100 colors and patterns? I’m totally in love with this tropical pattern. Now I just need to figure out what I should use it for… Or how about this glittery rainbow ombre roll? My girls just adore crafting with this stuff — bookmarks, bows, keychains, you name it!
Duck Tape has been growing in popularity for crafts for quite some time now, and they’ve responded by hosting a Stick-or-Treat Duct Tape Jack-o’-lantern Contest for the last several years. Three cash prizes will be awarded to the most creative Duck Tape Jack-o’-lantern!
With an idea for Duck Tape bat pumpkins in mind, I headed to Walmart to pick up some pie pumpkins and Duck Brand duct tape. I was surprised at just how many colors and patterns my store had in stock!
Be sure to check both the craft section and the housewares section — I actually found a bigger selection in the housewares department. Weird, huh? Originally I had planned to use plain white for the eyes, but when I spied the glow-in-the-dark Duck Tape, I knew it would add the perfect touch!
I started by wrapping my pumpkin on four sides with black Duck Tape. Then I continued to add strips to fill in until the entire pumpkin was covered.
I found the Duck Tape a tad difficult to work with at first when I started adding the features. But after some trial and error, I discovered two things:
1) DIY Duck Tape Stickers — sticking the Duck Tape down on a piece of parchment paper allowed me to trace my patterns on it and then cut out each piece with a removable backing. Then when I was ready to apply a piece to my pumpkin, I could just peel off the backing and stick it down.
2) Fiskars Crafts Duck Edition Scissors — Fiskars makes these teflon-coated scissors specifically for Duck Tape crafts so the tape doesn’t stick. Can’t recommend them enough!
TIP: Cutting out the “stickers” would make it quite easy to do this project with small children. You could just cut out all of the pieces and then allow them to do the decorating part. No mess!
I created the ears by folding a black piece of Duck Tape in half with part of the sticky side still showing at the bottom. Then I clipped the upper part into a triangle shape and attached them to either side of the pumpkin.
Finally, I cut the wings out of stiff cardboard and also covered them with black Duck Tape. Then I attached them to the pumpkins with more Duck Tape.
I just love the way my bats turned out! Once I figured out what I was doing, it was infinitely easier than carving a pumpkin. If you’d like to try your hand at them, I made a convenient downloadable template you can use.
But the best part? When Halloween is over, I can peel off the tape and repurpose my pumpkins to make more homemade pumpkin puree!