Do You Want to Build a Jack-O-Lantern? Olaf Pumpkin Tutorial

olaf tutorial Do you want to build an Olaf Jack-O-Lantern? Well, I know about 8 million 3 year olds do! My 3 year old is obsessed with Olaf, or “Ooh-Luv” as he pronounces it! I asked him what color cupcakes he wanted for his birthday, and he said “Ooh-Luv”, when I thought he’d say ‘Lello’ or something easy… So he got these: olafcupcaks I tried to blur out the most inebriated-looking ones… lol.

Link loves Olaf so much, I needed to make him a matching costume!


I just found a white hooded sweatshirt and used hot glue to affix a bunch of felt. Anyways, back to the jack-o-lantern tutorial! It is easier than you’d think!

All you need to start with are some twigs and 3 pumpkins (make sure they sit pretty flat and that the bottom two have nice long, straight stems.) olafstart To stack them, simply cut a hole, big enough to fit a stem, into the bottom of your two stacky pumpkins! See how that worked so well? Now, on to the face! olafface I just pulled up an Olaf image from the interwebs, and free-handed a face like this! It doesn’t need to be perfect, and you can wash off any leftover pen when you are done carving. olafpumpkin3 For the eyebrows, I just scored lightly around the edges, and then scraped off the orange layer with a sharp paring knife. Then I simply carved out the mouth, eyes and nose. Since I didn’t use the usual method of scraping out my pumpkin guts, I took this opportunity to clean out the head pumpkin through its mouth! P.S. this is probably the BEST time to draw attention to my manicure: photo 3 Haha. Cute though right? I guess these Jamberry Nails really do hold up like they say! This is the China Rose pattern and they are FUN! Back to the pumpkin… and specifically, the nose: photo 4 I thought I couldn’t have genetically modified a better Olaf nose! But alas, it was too big… photo 5 …So surgery was necessary. photo 2 Once you clean up the blood from the rhinoplasty, insert the carrot into the nose hole, and trim up some twigs to shove into their respective locations on the subject. Man, beauty is pain- wouldn’t you say, Olaf? olaf outsideolafpumpkin Well, there he is! I just used brown felt for his buttons, and pinned them in place. Because this only really involved carving one simple pumpkin, it actually didn’t take much longer to create than your usual run-of-the-mill Jack-O-Lantern. My kids LOVE him, and as a bonus… olafhug He likes warm hugs. Happy Pumpkin Carving! ~Dot PS Catch me in my natural habitat-on Facebook where I post a good mix of my fun creations, as well as other random awesomeness :) And for more of my Halloweeny posts, including more pumpkin carving ideas, nifty decorations, and recipes, check out my Halloween category HERE. Happy Halloween!

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In The Beginning

Busted Button:

You guys need to check out this blog- it features my baby, Flora and my friend Duncan- try not to die laughing: “WEIRD BEARDED GINGER RECREATES HIS SPIRIT ANIMAL’S INSTAGRAM PICS” That basically sums it up! HAHAHA!

Originally posted on Fauna and Flora:

It all started on Instagram.

It occurred to me the other day, that while the premise of this blog is obvious, I’ve never revealed the genesis.

For starters, I work with Flora’s Auntie. We’ve become pretty good friends over this time, and that led to me crossing paths with her twin sister, Flora’s mum. Dot has a great blog and business over at Busted Button. You should go check it out! She also has an Instagram that gives you a glimpse into her little world.

That’s where I met Flora.

This cute lil’ bambina stole my heart from the get go. Can’t you see why? Beyond being a cute baby, she’s smart, curious, and full of cheer. One day Dot posted this gem:
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you’ll note my comment, user: minibarblues)

I was working at the time, so I took my lunch, grabbed some McDonald’s and posted this:
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Button Bugs!

My 10 year old daughter, and my 8 year old niece were in a crafty kind of mood, so I suggested… button art. Obviously. They were pretty darn excited! This was going to be a bit different than our usual button art, though, because I snagged these sweet kits from my fave button people of all time:

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I was super excited to have the girls test these out! And they didn’t mind me taking photos of their process, because I told them they would basically be famous… heh heh heh. 

So follow along with us, I can’t wait to show you their final pieces (which I think are even better than the package photos hehe, proud Mom/Auntie over here!) 

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Okay, so each kit comes with everything you need, except for some plain old crafty glue. These kits use buttons AND beads which is kind of fun, and if you want to make sure the background isn’t peeking through, it’s a lot easier than just layering buttons like I do, though it creates a different kind of look. 

These kits come with SUPER SIMPLE instructions, which I absolutely love. 

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Ohhhh they sure had fun!!!

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So much fun. Look at them go! Gluing their first layer of buttons. I should mention that I didn’t help them with these- they just went with it. Seriously- I was just sitting with them, taking photos and snapchatting such masterpieces as this:


ANYWAYS, back to the reason for the season:

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Look at them intently filling in the spaces with beads!! That butterfly gets bonus points for actually being symmetrical! She was like ‘Mom… the butterfly on the package is WRONG!” Ha Ha! She is passionate about animal sciences! 

Okay, and after an hour, they were done! An hour was a good amount of time for these gals, but might make for a few sittings or some assistance if you were working with little kiddos. 

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Voila!!! Well done, ladies, and Thanks again for creating such awesome kits! 

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You can get these yourselves over at! Here is a link for the Ladybug, and one for the Butterfly

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Happy Buttoning :D


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