Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest

At my son's school they announced a contest to decorate a pumpkin like your favorite book character. What a fun literary project! He picked to decorate his pumpkin like Elmer the Elephant. We were very last minute, and completed it last night. It took an hour for the whole project. I searched pinterest and google and found tons of other great ideas. We picked a character we didn't see in hopes of not duplicating another child's pumpkin.
We dropped Elmer the pumpkin off in the library this morning. (The instructions to make him are at the bottom of this post). Let me share a few other characters we saw there...

The Gruffalo pumpkin

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle pumpkin

The Lorax pumpkin

Black Lagoon themed pumpkin


Lyle the Crocodile pumpkin and Frosty the Snowman

Pete the Cat pumpkin
And here are a few more ideas I found in my initial search to create a book character pumpkin. Many of the following were uploaded to Pinterest by Elanco Library.
Book Character Pumpkins  Skippyjon Jones

Skippy Jones pumpkin
Ladybug Girl - Book Character Pumpkin (Pumpkin Painting 2013)
Laydbug Girl pumpkin
Bob the Builder  - Book Character Pumpkin (Pumpkin Painting 2011)
Bob the Builder pumpkin
Olivia - Book Character Pumpkin (Pumpkin Painting 2013)
Olivia pumpkin
 Greg Heffley (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) - Book Character Pumpkin (Pumpkin Painting 2012)
Wimpy Kid pumpkin
Mr. Popper's Penguin - Book Character Pumpkin (Pumpkin Painting 2011)
Mr. Popper's Penguins pumpkin
Madeline - Book Character Pumpkin  (Pumpkin Painting 2010)
Madeline pumpkinTThomas the Tank Engine - Book Character Pumpkin  (Pumpkin Painting 2009)
Thomas the Train pumpkin
Mercer Mayer's Little Critter  - Book Character Pumpkin (Pumpkin Painting 2008)
Little Critter pumpkin
The Very Hungry Caterpillar  - Book Character Pumpkin (Pumpkin Painting 2008)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar pumpkin
Dora the Explorer  - Book Character Pumpkin (Pumpkin Painting 2008)
Dora pumpkin
Horton the Elephant  - Book Character Pumpkin (Pumpkin Painting 2007)
Horton pumpkin
Cat in the Hat - Book Character Pumpkin (Pumpkin Painting 2011)
Cat in the Hat pumpkin
Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland) - Book Character Pumpkin (Pumpkin Painting 2013)
Alice in Wonderland pumpkin
Captain Underpants book character pumpkin. @Marianne Glass Glass Burchard Design Rios @Jennifer Milsaps L Milsaps L Do Lopez @Theresa Burger Burger Burger Burger Burt  @Gaby Saucedo Saucedo Saucedo Saucedo Garcia @Gina Gab Solórzano Gab Solórzano Gab Solórzano de Villiers Christopher Miranda  @Marni Farrant Farrant Farrant Farrant Ary Cute pumpkin for our character lol
Captain Underpants pumpkin
Charlotte's Web Book Character Pumpkin
Charlotte's Web pumpkin
Book character pumpkin
Bad Case of Stripes pumpkin
Halloween  book character pumpkins
The Grouchy Ladybug: pumpkin book characters
Grouchy Ladybug pumpkin
My son and I made this for pumpkin book character  contest.. Fly Guy!!
Fly Guy Pumpkin
Junie B. Jones Pumpkin!  What a fun whole school activity!  Pumpkin decorating contest with a lit. theme!  MUST share this with our librarian!!!!!
Junie B. Jones pumpkin
2nd Grade Shenanigans: Pumpkin Book Reports- AWESOME!
pumpkin decorating characters from books | Brilliant. I was so impressed that I had to share. Here’s a quick ...
Pigeon pumpkin
I hope this helps you design a pumpkin for your contest. I think it is such a clever idea. Here is how we made our Elmer the elephant pumpkin.
Modge podge
Colored paper (regular paper...not card stock or construction)
Paper towel holder
Googly eyes
1. We started by cutting a variety of different colored squares.
2. We heavily modge podged them to the pumpkin. My son was great at this part. (Such a last minute project that we used a toothbrush instead of a paint brush to modge podge!!)

3. Next, we modge podged a paper towel holder with squares. (See it drying on the Elmer's glue bottle)

4. We hot glued the ears, eyes, and trunk on Elmer. If you look closely I added a few small nails to make sure the trunk and ears stayed.

5. Here is my son's masterpiece!


  1. Loved reading this - made an Elmer this afternoon. Thanks for the ideas and instructions! He looks great!

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