How to Make Mini Pumpkins for Halloween with Polymer Clay

Making mini pumpkins for Halloween with polymer clay is super easy and fun. Make a lot or a little; it's really up to you. This easy-to-follow DIY tutorial for dollhouses and miniatures can be found at theminidistrict.com. Join our community and get inspired, learn and find support.

How to Make Mini Pumpkins for Halloween with Polymer Clay

Making mini pumpkins for Halloween with polymer clay is super easy and fun. Make a lot or a little; it's really up to you.

Making mini pumpkins for Halloween with polymer clay is super easy and fun. Make a lot or a little; it’s really up to you.

When I made my mini pumpkins for Halloween, I knew I needed enough for my dollhouse porch and that I wanted to fill the back of my super cute Ford pickup truck. After all, Birch Wood Farms grows pumpkins and Christmas trees! The ultimate farm for a dollhouse.

Supplies To Make Mini Pumpkins for Halloween with Polymer Clay

Decide what colors you want to make first. For me, I knew I wanted to make my pumpkins white. So I bought a white polymer clay. But use any color you like.

The Arteza kit came with sculpting tools I used in this tutorial, but you could use tools around the house like a toothpick.

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Making the Mini Pumpkins for Halloween with Polymer Clay

Knead your clay until it becomes soft and easy to work with (this is where I’d recommend gloves. I didn’t use them, and the clay stuck to my hands). Then, pull a small enough amount to create a ball.

Roll the polymer clay into a ball. The choice is yours, but to keep it more realistic for 1:12, consider the size. I tend to make mine around 1/2 inch or a little smaller. Pumpkins vary in size anyway, so no need to be perfect.

Making mini pumpkins for Halloween with polymer clay is super easy and fun. Make a lot or a little; it's really up to you.

At this point, you can shape the pumpkin as you like – some are flat, some are tall. Just play around with shapes.

Next, take a rounded tool to create creases in the pumpkin from the top of the center to the bottom center. To make the creases, roll the tool from the top center to the bottom center. I do this four times in even marks around the pumpkin shape.

Making mini pumpkins for Halloween with polymer clay is super easy and fun. Make a lot or a little; it's really up to you. Making mini pumpkins for Halloween with polymer clay is super easy and fun. Make a lot or a little; it's really up to you.

 

This tool was in my Arteza kit, but you could use a paintbrush end, a toothpick, whatever you like.

The creases are pretty defined, so you can use your fingers to smooth them out more.

Create more creases between the major ones, but not going all the way to the top center. Just make them random. They may start in more random spots. Remember, a pumpkin is organic.

Now, use the Burnt Umber clay and roll out a small piece to create a stem for your pumpkin.

Making mini pumpkins for Halloween with polymer clay is super easy and fun. Make a lot or a little; it's really up to you.

I use the end of my tool to poke a small hole at the top (yes, the clay is sticking to my dry skin here! I would wear gloves next time for sure!)

Here you’ll see I’m using one of the other tools to press the stem into the top and make it dent in a bit like a real pumpkin.

Making mini pumpkins for Halloween with polymer clay is super easy and fun. Make a lot or a little; it's really up to you.

Before I bake my pumpkins, I go in and smooth them nicely.

Bake Your Pumpkins

I use a clear baking pan for baking my clay according to the instructions on my package. I will say that I did them a little less than the time and checked them. Working in these increments ensured I wouldn’t burn them because I have done that before.

Now, you could go a step further and use some chalk pastels along with a paintbrush to paint in shadows and more details. Easy peasy! I left mine plain.

Making mini pumpkins for Halloween with polymer clay is super easy and fun. Make a lot or a little; it's really up to you.

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Making mini pumpkins for Halloween with polymer clay is super easy and fun. Make a lot or a little; it's really up to you. This easy-to-follow DIY tutorial for dollhouses and miniatures can be found at theminidistrict.com. Join our community and get inspired, learn and find support.

Holly M

About Holly McCaig

I'm a graphic designer from Denver and I love minis!

2 Comments

  1. Teresa on October 26, 2021 at 8:53 am

    Hi
    I am Teresa I am the promoter of dollhouse and miniature shows across the midwest miniatureshows.com I really like your concept. Minis need sharing and growing
    Would love to help

    • Holly M Holly M on October 26, 2021 at 10:04 am

      Hi Teresa! So exciting! We would love to chat – I have Rachel contacting you!

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