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3D Octopus Jack o' Lantern Carving Tutorial by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

3D Octopus Jack o’ Lantern Carving Tutorial

By Brenda Ponnay

First, we brought you Snaily the 3D snail jack-o’-lantern so now we’re back with Octo-pumpkin, our 3D octopus jack o’ lantern. So easy, so fun!

3D Octopus Jack o' Lantern Carving Tutorial for Halloween by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

 

Supplies needed to make a 3D Octopus Jack O’ Lantern

  • 2 large pumpkins (cleaned of seeds)
  • 2 ping pong balls
  • a carving tool (knife or blade)
  • battery-lit candle
  • long skewers
  • permanent marker

3D Octopus Jack o' Lantern Carving Tutorial for Halloween (Supplies) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.comHow to make a 3D Octopus Jack O’ Lantern

Step 1: One pumpkin you’ll carve as the head which is pretty much just cutting two holes for eyes just slightly smaller than your ping pong balls so they can squeeze in snugly. I would cut them lower than a usual jack-o-lantern so they look a little more like a real octopus (even though I didn’t really do that).

3D Octopus Jack o' Lantern Carving Tutorial for Halloween (How-to) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Step 2: Then carve the second pumpkin into eight tentacles. Think of it like slicing up a cantaloupe but wiggling your blade or knife as you cut so the tentacles are unique from each other. Don’t worry though if they all go the same way, you can just switch the top to bottom to create differing curves.

You might want to do this next part outside where your jack o’ lantern is going to live because moving it around with tentacles attached can be challenging (but not impossible). Tentacles reattach easily.

3D Octopus Jack o' Lantern Carving Tutorial for Halloween (How-to Part 2) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Step 3: Next, take your skewer and press the dull end into your tentacle base. Take the sharp end and push it into the head of the octopus.

Step 4: Add tentacles around the bottom of the octopus head until you have added all eight. Twist them and trim to make them more believable.

Step 5: Color your ping-pong balls with a small black dot in the middle with your permanent marker.

3D Octopus Jack o' Lantern Carving Tutorial for Halloween (add eyes) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Step 6: Pop your ping pong balls into place and then light him up with your battery-operated candle!

3D Octopus Jack o' Lantern Carving Tutorial for Halloween by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Easy peasy!

Find more of our Halloween Decoration ideas here:

Published October 9, 2018. Last updated October 16, 2018.
About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, mak...

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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