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This magical unicorn pumpkin couldn’t get much cuter! An easy DIY pumpkin craft made with $1 styrofoam pumpkins, this no-carve kids craft is not only fun to make but it’s budget friendly too (which makes us love it even more).
Originally posted September 2019 – Updated September 2023
It’s that time of year again. Every year at Halloween, I go a little pumpkin crazy! I’m all about the no carve pumpkins though, mostly due to the fear of injury. I really enjoy having 10 fingers!
Plus, I just think no carve pumpkins are more fun. We’ve made everything from a Jack Skellington pumpkin, a Hello Kitty pumpkin, Frankenstein pumpkin and tons more! There are just so many cool things you can create and I’m just getting started!
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How To Make A DIY Unicorn Pumpkin
That’s why making a floral unicorn pumpkin for Halloween was such a no brainer! With three girls in the house, this is about as girly as it gets and who doesn’t love a good unicorn craft, right? Plus, it’s super easy so even the little kids will have a blast making it!
The best part is that the materials are super inexpensive! I made this using a styrofoam pumpkin from the Dollar Store. Since they’re only a dollar, you can experiment and if you don’t like it, you’re only out a dollar.
You can also decorate a real pumpkin if you like. We just prefer the craft foam pumpkins because they’re so easy to work with and you can even save them from year to year.
What’s Needed To Make A Unicorn Pumpkin
Most of the supplies can be found at Dollar Tree, Walmart or Michael’s. You can find a lot of them on Amazon too (links are below), but you’ll just pay a little more. However, sometimes it’s totally worth it to have everything you need just show up on your doorstep!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Craft pumpkin*
- White paint
- Gold Paint
- Molding clay (or gold glitter cardstock)
- White and pink craft foam
- Silk flowers
- Black sharpie
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
*Note: Recently I’ve noticed that you can buy white pumpkins at Dollar Tree in addition to the orange ones. If you’re doing this with a large group or just want to skip the painting altogether, I’d look for the white craft pumpkins instead.
If you’d like to make things really easy, try this unicorn kit or just a pre-made unicorn horn instead! I still think it’s more fun to make your own but if you have a large group of kids, the kit comes in handy.
Ready to get crafty and make your own adorable Halloween pumpkin? Let’s get started!
- Start by making your unicorn horn. Roll it into a snake-like shape, but thicker at one end. Next, start with the thicker end at the bottom and coil it into a cone shape. Pinch the bottom together so it doesn’t come apart and bake according to the directions on the package (mine took about 30 minutes).
- If you’re using a styrofoam pumpkin, break the pumpkin stem off before you paint. These are usually held in by wooden picks so they’re easy to remove.
Paint your pumpkin with white paint. I find that acrylic makes the perfect white pumpkin paint. I use glossy but flat works just as well. Let the first coat dry, then add a second coat.
- Once the paint is completely dry, use a permanent black marker to draw closed eyes. If you’re a perfectionist, you may want to draw them with pencil first, then trace over them.
- Paint the horn with gold paint and let dry. Once dry, attach it to the top of the pumpkin using a hot glue gun. If you are using a pumpkin with a stem that doesn’t easily break off, just glue the horn in front of it, pointing slightly forward (you can cover the stem with flowers later).
- Take the silk flowers and pull them off the stems.
- Hot glue the flowers around the horn and then down the right side of the pumpkin to make the unicorn’s mane.
- Take craft foam and cut two white ears. Be sure that they are tall enough that they won’t be hidden by the flowers. Then cut slightly smaller ear shapes from pink craft foam. Hot gllue the pink pieces to the front of the white pieces.
- Use hot glue to glue the bottom of the ears among the flowers and that’s all there is to it! Now you’ve got the cutest floral unicorn pumpkin for Halloween (and you didn’t even need a carving knife)!
More Halloween Party Fun
If you liked making this pumpkin craft for Halloween, you’ll want to check out these fun ideas too…
Want more easy pumpkin painting ideas? Get all the tutorials here:
- Baby Yoda Pumpkin
- Harry Potter Pumpkin
- Golden Snitch Pumpkin
- Pumpkin Diorama
- Unicorn Pumpkin
- Jack Skellington Pumpkin
- Sally Skellington Pumpkin
- Hello Kitty Pumpkin
- Frankenstein Pumpkin
- Mummy Pumpkin
- Black Cat Pumpkin
- Emoji Pumpkins
- Bat Pumpkin
- Spider Pumpkin
- Melted Crayon Pumpkin
- Cinderella Inspired Pumpkin
- Teal Pumpkin
- Butterfly Pumpkin
- Bumblebee Pumpkin
- Metallic Polka Dot Pumpkin
- Caramel Apple Pumpkin
- Spiderweb Pumpkin
- Glitter Pumpkin
- Dollar Tree Pumpkin
- Minnie Mouse Pumpkin
- Mickey Mouse Pumpkin
- Spiderman Pumpkin