Boo! Hahaha! Today I’m going to show you this really fun Pumpkin Felt Board! It’s the perfect halloween activity for toddlers and young kids! My daughter has spent hours making funny faces (and it is the quietest activity EVER!)
Ok. So on to this fabulous activity that my little lady is loving.
To make this felt board activity you’ll need
- A large piece of cardboard (as big as you want your pumpkin to be)
- A large piece of orange felt to cover the size of your pumpkin
- Multiple sheets of felt in various colors (black, white, blue, green, pink, and purple are the ones I used)
- White glue
- Hot glue and a hot glue gun
Easy steps to make your felt board pumpkin
This project took me about an hour start to finish.
Making the felt board background
Step 1: Draw out a pumpkin on a large piece of cardboard and cut it out.
I did mine in 2 pieces. Partly because it’s what I had, but also so I can fold it nicely when it’s time to store it. (Be sure that if you do this in 2 pieces like I did, that you put the seam going across so that when you hang it it lays flat.)
Step 2: Next I traced my cardboard cutout onto my orange felt about a 1/2 inch away from the edge all the way around and cut it out. I used green for the stem.
Step 3: Then I glued my felt onto my cardboard cutout using white glue.
I used hot glue for this at first, but it didn’t stick very well. The white glue worked great.
Step 4: I cut a piece of ribbon and attached it to the back of the pumpkin in a loop using hot glue. This will be what you hang the felt board pumpkin from, so you decide how long it should be.
Making the felt face pieces and accessories
Now for the fun part! Cutting out all of the accessories and face parts! I had so much fun here.
This is what I came up with, but the possibilities are endless!
Step 5: Keeping in mind the size of my pumpkin, I cut out all of these different accessories and face parts so that my kids would have plenty of options when coming up with different faces.
I didn’t use a template here, I pretty much just started cutting. I did use a sharpie on occasion to add a line here or there.
For a girl pumpkin, I made pink hair by cutting chunks of different shades of pink and hot gluing them together. I made the bead earrings and one of the hair bows the same way. The hoop earrings and bow are simple one layer cut outs of purple.
For the boy pumpkin, I made sunglasses, a cap, a mustache, a tie, reading glasses, and a toupee. (Later I ended up cutting another piece of black like the toupee and it doubled as a black bob when placed on both sides of the face. I also added a tiara that isn’t pictured here.)
For the eyes, I cut out 2 different shapes and 2 different colors as well as some sexy eyelashes (my favorite piece.) And I also did some jack-0-lantern style eyes too.
For the mouths, I did big lips, small lips, some jack-0-lantern mouths with teeth that can be placed in fun spots and some noses too.
With those parts you can make all of these faces and many more!
How much fun is that?
I have to be honest here… I guess if you have read this far I owe it to you to tell you that I played with this thing for about 30 minutes before my daughter woke up from her nap. Shhhhhh…
I think this activity will be one that we will look forward to taking out each fall for years to come!