What would Halloween be without jack-o-lanterns! Who doesn’t love cutting out the scary face and scooping out the mushy slime of the pumpkin! This needle felted jack-o-lantern tutorial gives you another method to make your jack-o-lantern, a little less messy than the original!
Materials: felting needles, sponge for felting surface
Wool:I suggest using coarse wool like shetland, New Zealand or Burgschaft
cream or white (interior of pumpkin)
a thick stick (pumpkin stem)
poly fiber fill or core wool (base shape)
spool of thread
piece of soap (for drawing the face)
4. Pull out the inner (unfelted) layers of fiber-fill or core wool, but not too much! If you’ve felted the sphere firmly enough, the felting needles will have made about 1/2″ crust-like outer layer of orange wool and fiber-fill or core wool under it. IMPORTANT: you must leave about a 1/2″ to 1″ shell on the pumpkin. If you pull out too much fiber-fill or core wool and leave a very thin layer, the pumpkin won’t be firm enough and it won’t retain it’s spherical shape.
8. Cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin cap. Put glue into the slit and insert a thick stick for a stem. The dome on the underside of the pumpkin cap allows you to glue and insert the stem deeper into the cap.
11. With a needle and thread, sew around the cut out shapes of the face. This makes the width less and easier to felt wool into the cut out shapes. I decided not to cut out the nose so the face would be sturdier.
16. Apply another layer of wool over the eyebrows, cheeks and nose to “blend” the new pieces into the pumpkin face. The additional layer of wool lightly felted down allows you to see the shape beneath, but erases the line made by applying the pieces to the pumpkin face.
Consider putting a very low voltage light (like an LED light because it gives off very little heat) inside the jack-o-lantern to light it. IMPORTANT: Never put a candle inside your needle felted jack-o-lantern and if you put a small flashlight inside, make sure the light source is not touching the wool.