Mr. Pumpkin Head

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I wanted to squeeze one little Halloween decoration project in before we roll up our sleeves for the Cardboard Costume Challenge on October 1st!

SO, here’s a project that is inspired by two of my favorite Japanese artists Tatsuya Kameyama  and Atsuko Nakagawa who go by the collective name tupera tupera.

We got the work x create books by tupera tupera for my daughter when she was about 2 years old, and they were the best sticker books ever. You can still buy them in the US through Muji’s website here. (FYI I have no affiliation with Muji, just a fan)

These sticker books were so beautifully designed, I couldn’t stop looking at them myself, and so I got to thinking about making something that the girls could use to change the faces over and over again.

About a year ago, I came up with a project called the Cardboard Marquee that basically utilizes this same concept for making two pieces of corrugated cardboard “stick” to each other. You might have missed it since I had about 2 followers then (neither of which was my mom BTW)…..

To make this project you’re going to need to secure plenty of pieces of corrugated cardboard that “link up.” You need to test your cardboard pieces for compatibility unless you have cardboard from identical boxes.

Go for the strongest cardboard with the widest corrugations that you can find (and still cut through with the tools that you have on hand.)

This is basically a cardboard version of a felt-board, so don’t expect these pieces to have a death grip. They are perfect for little kids to play with, but sometimes the flutes/corrugations get a little flat, so if that happens, I suggest poking a chopstick or skewer inside them to help reshape the channels.

Get your big piece of cardboard and strip one side of the paper covering the corrugation. This will take a little work, and I usually use a chopstick to help pry up the paper. When you’re done, cut out and paint your pumpkin shape.

To make the facial features, I first cut them out of magazine pages and other recycled papers that I have and then glue them onto the cardboard. It’s very important that you always have everything lined up with your cardboard channels vertically, so you don’t get say, a lazy eye, unless that’s what you’re going for.

Strip the paper off the back of your facial features and you’re ready for a truly dynamic and fun Halloween decoration for young and old!





7 thoughts on “Mr. Pumpkin Head

    • I just moved the follow widget up in the sidebar and gave it a test. Should be working. Would love to see any spin off creations that you come up with! Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Fabulous project, and certainly never thought of the idea of interlocking corrugated cardboard! You linked to your blog and not this project, but it was meant to be as I had a great time scrolling down and seeing all the creativity that’s going on your great site. Please do join me regularly on Craft Schooling Sunday, and I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll get featured, as your projects are exactly up my alley, plus love all that Japanese design inspiration, and so happy to have a contributor from Japan!
    I’ve added a few of your projects to my Pinterest board for Purim, which is the Jewish holiday with costumes, and can’t wait to make some things from cardboard!

    • Thanks Sara! I have to say I really love Creative Jewish Mom too! You made me want to learn how to crochet! I love all the weaving and crocheting projects you do with recycled materials, and I can’t believe how prolific you are! You surely must craft in your sleep! I’d love to join up with your link Party on Sundays! That sounds perfect. See you there.

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