Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Styrofoam Hollow Pumpkin

For what seems like forever I'd been searching for a large hollow pumpkin i could use and turn into a miniature house. Luckily one of my customer at etsy advised and pointed me in the right direction on ebay.
So i put my bid in and won... i never win anything so was really shocked!
The second it arrived i didn't even think what i really wanted it to be, and got to work cutting out a large hole at the front with the intention of making it into a pumpkin growers house or something along those lines. Again not really knowing what.
Once all cut out and sanded etc, i then decided to totally change my mind and ended up gluing it all back together. Now it looks like a really sad pumpkin without the stalk at the top, and feeling quite sad for the poor thing, lol.
So I've decided, once Ive tidied it all up and created new sides, I'll cut it clean in half, create a stalk both side that meet when the pumpkin is closed, and join the two parts together with hinges so it opens and closes.
Inside i'll make the walls look like the inside of a real pumpkin, and then line each side with wooden shelves and use for a display when i finally do my next show.
Inside I'll display anything pumpkin related and just wish now i had not totally destroyed it because now theres a lot more work to do.
The pumpkin is around 11 inches in height and the exterior looks real. The stalk did too but can not show you that because i chucked it away.
I know these are widely available in the states but here in the UK i have not seen them for sale. They really are lovely and thought i'd share incase anyone else is looking for one and unable to find. Just type in Styrofoam hollow pumpkin in your search. Last time i looked on ebay there were a few available still.

Thank you to everyone for your support and thoughts in the previous post.
Tomorrow i will be deleting that post because i don't like it here on my blog. I believe in standing up and not hiding away and although glad i have blogged about this subject i feel leaving it there spoils the look and feel to my pages. Just wanted to bring it to everyones attention and so tomorrow will delete.


  1. Look forward in seeing more, love to see how this progresses, a great idea ...thanks for sharing source with us all, Nikki.
    'Twould' make a lovely Halloween table ornament, methinks!


  2. You're right, Nikki. These are very easy to find her in the US...and we carve them just like pumpkins for jack o'lanterns but without the mess ;-)

    What a great idea to make it into a display for all your "punkin-y" creations. I think it will be perfect on your table. I like interesting displays like that. While your things would sell if you just put them in a card board box on the table, a unigue display usually brings more people by, ergo, more sales.

  3. Oh, I can't wait to see what you make with it! I had cut the front out of one years ago and it just sat for the longest time in my closet. I sold it at a garage sale the other day!

    Nikki, if you ever need things like this, just email me. I'd be happy to go shopping for you!

    They now have these in white and black but of course you can always spray paint them :)


  4. Your poor little patched Pumpkin..You made me giggle when you told me about this the other day. I think your idea for a display, will be brilliant, then when your finished you can just close it up..xxxx

  5. I wants one my precious, I wants one...

    Seriously I cant wait to see what you do with it.

    Lorra Luffies

    Debie xxxxxx

  6. Poor ickle pumpkin! lol I too loved the idea when you told me. The whole idea reminds me of James and the Giant Peach where all the insects etc lived inside! lol

    I can't wait to see it and hopefully in real life too!

    Michelle xxx

  7. even though you & the pumpkin have had the 'experiment' you've had, Im sure you will manage to turn it into the most amazing creation ever... you have that special ability to do so :o) cant wait to see what you do with it! x

  8. I'd love one of those( and it's given Anna ideas!) but I have an awful feeling that if I opened it up our moggies would think it was a new place to sleep!!!!!!!!!!!!!! x lol Julie

  9. It is a pleasure to return to enter in your blog.
    After a period of time, away from the minis, again with renewed hopes.
    A greeting, Carmen kisses

  10. This will make a fab display nikki, LOL though at you having to stick it back together !! thats how I usually work !
    julie xx

  11. Nikki...the hollow pumpkins are often on sale at the Thrift shops for a few dollars. Send me an email if you ever want another one. I'm sure we could do a trade. LOL
    hugs Karin


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