Have a hoot on Halloween with this cute owl pumpkin decorated with sunflower seeds. Carved with simple shapes, this owl pumpkin carving idea is perfect for kids.

Make an adorable owl pumpkin with a few small cuts and a handful of sunflower seeds. They're quick and easy to make, and they'll quickly become the envy of all your neighbors. Don't limit yourself to owls—after working through our easy tutorial, use seeds or other natural elements to decorate the rest of your Halloween pumpkins this year.

How to Make an Owl Pumpkin

Supplies Needed

  • White pumpkin
  • Pencil for tracing shapes before cutting
  • Carving knife
  • Hot-glue gun and hot glue
  • Sunflower seeds (in shells)
  • Two crafts sticks
  • Candle or battery-operated light

Step-by-Step Directions

Follow these easy instructions to make your own owl pumpkin. You should be able to complete one pumpkin in under an hour.

Plant a Seed
Credit: Style: "Target Levels"

Step 1: Carve Pumpkin

Cut a hole in the bottom of the pumpkin and remove all the pulp and seeds. Trace two small circles for eye holes and a small upside-down triangle for the beak. Cut out the shapes.

Step 2: Add Sunflower Seeds

Hot-glue the sunflower seeds one at a time in two circles around one eyehole. Glue the outer circle first, then adhere the inner one. Repeat for the other eyehole. Snap two crafts sticks into pieces 1-2 inches long. For the ears: Hot-glue five seeds to the end of one piece of craft stick (as shown); repeat to make the other ear. For the feet: Hot-glue three seeds to the end of one piece of craft stick (as shown); repeat to make the other foot. Cut small slits in the pumpkin to insert the ears and feet craft sticks. Insert the plain end of each stick into the slits.

Step 3: Display Pumpkin

Place a candle or battery-operated light inside the pumpkin to finish your owl jack-o'-lantern. Enjoy your new Halloween owl decoration!


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