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Owl Halloween Pumpkins

Updated: Oct. 07, 2021

With big eyes and mournful cries, owls make the perfect spooky pumpkin motif.

owl pumpkins with newspaper
Clean and White. No need for messy carving with these wise old owls dressed in vintage newsprint feathers.

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By Matthew Mead

owl pumpkins with newspaperWhat You’ll Need:

  • Scrapbook paper in assorted colors
  • Color copies of yellowed book pages and newspaper
  • Scrapbook scissors with specialty edges
  • Scissors
  • Scalloped circle punch
  • Double-stick tape
  • Straight pins
  • White pumpkins
  • Or here’s a bright idea: Clean and thoroughly dry orange pumpkins before spray-painting them white


Step 1. Sketch a design on paper for the owl’s face and wings. Using regular and specialty scissors and a circle punch, cut designs from scrapbook paper and photocopied pages. Consider cutting multiple layers for each element, layering them for the desired effect. Cut fringe on the edges of the top layer of the wings for feathers, if desired.

Step 2. Layer designs using small pieces of double-stick tape.

Step 3. Secure pieces to pumpkins with straight pins. If desired, use pins with decorative heads for additional embellishment.

Learn how to carve pumpkins with power tools here.

This project originally appeared in Country Woman Magazine. Click to subscribe here.