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Making a Keepsake Handprint Pumpkin

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This is a great jack-o-lantern idea to make with young children or for baby's 1st Halloween. This is a guide about making a keepsake handprint pumpkin.


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November 3, 2016

Here is a great way to make a jack-o-lantern with your little one that you can enjoy for many years. This carved foam pumpkin is a great way to preserve their little handprints along with their name.


  • foam pumpkin
  • pumpkin carving knife
  • push pin
  • template (make your own)
  • tape
  • battery-operated tea light


  1. Create a template for the name. I made the name on the computer (using a chunky font), then printed it out, and traced my son's hands below it. You may need to do the hands on a separate piece of paper.
  2. Tape the name to the pumpkin and create little folds in the paper so that it contours to the surface. Note: I chose to do the name first, so that I could reposition the handprints as needed, for it to all fit on the pumpkin.
  3. Use a push pin to poke tiny holes along the outline of the letters. Then remove the paper and repeat with the handprint template.
  4. Use a pumpkin carving knife to carefully carve out the name. If you can find a small-toothed knife, I would recommend using that.
  5. Now carve out the handprints, light it up with a battery-operated tea light, and enjoy!
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