What a great design! Trace your baby’s hands and feet on paper and then use the paper patterns to trace design onto pumpkin and then cut. DO NOT try to use your baby’s hands to trace directly onto pumpkin – your efforts will be fruitless.
I have been asked by several comments to give more instructions and to also provide information as to the materials and where we got them. First the Mickey Mouse was a huge four foot mickey we purchased from a department store during Black Friday. We cut the hands, feet and head off. We took stuffing from the body and stuffed the hands, feet and head so that they were very firm. We sewed the hands, feet, and head closed leaving a small section in the middle for a PVC pipe to be pushed into and secured with E6000. We purchased black and red ornaments that were glass. In hindsight I would have purchased shatterproof because we had a small one in the house and she thought it was just a huge play toy – lots of lessons taught. We purchased wide red ribbon that had the texture of burlap that was red and had glitter on it. We used a six to seven foot white tree that we purchased from a department store which costs about $65.00. We attached the feet and hands to one of the branches coming out of the tree with white twine in several spots to give good anchoring. The head was attached pretty much the same way but it went down at an angle so it got attached to three branches that it was near. The ribbon was tried back through and around the trunk with the bow placed to the front. I also used a couple of twist ties to tie to the branches that were around. I made three holes evenly around the hat and tied white ribbon onto them so the hat could be attached at the top and not come off. Play with the design of the hat – we went back and fourth to decide how it needed to look – completely of the top of tree or just keep above Mickey’s head. Hope this all made sence – but if you have questions please ask within the comments.
With a grandchild on the way I find myself thinking back to my kids growing up and wish we had preserved so much more of their creations and developments then we did. The notebooks full of their art, awards, programs, school work, report cards and such are wonderful to have. But I miss their tiny little feet and hands and wish I could go back and hold them once again. I found this recipe to make a stone for impressions of a loved ones hands and feet or impressions of keepsake like keys or jewelry etc. It made me wish we had done something similar to preserve the size of our precious little ones. Tell us how this project goes if you do one…. would love to see pictures.