This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Reeves. All opinions are 100% mine.
Have some kids with jack-o-lantern indecision? What about a jack-o-lantern you can change on a whim? Or with a turn of a block…
I’ve teamed up with Reeves to bring you this cute, DIY jack-o-lantern puzzle that’s fun for small, and not so small hands alike.
I made them to be like those adorable funny face puzzle blocks, but pumpkin-fied.
By painting pairs of basic shapes on each side, you can change up the faces in more ways than you can count. A mouth becomes a nose. Eye shapes become the ends of a mouth, or rosy cheeks, or even a beak!
Arrows turned upright makes your jack-o-lantern look awake, downward it looks asleep, and to the sides it looks like it’s laughing. Maybe just turn one for a fun wink. The possibilities are endless!
- Ten, 1 inch wood blocks
- Reeves acrylic paint and brushes
– I found my wood blocks in a pack of 13 from Michaels.
– I like using high quality acrylic paint for smaller projects like this because they hold up well to handling and scratches, even without a sealant. They are also more opaque and usually only need one coat to get the job done, which makes this project a super quick finish!
1. Paint nine blocks orange and one block green.
I like to mix yellow, red, brown, and orange to get a really rich, vintage like orange. I keep it only partially mixed too so that I can get a varied orange color for each side of the block to give it a painterly texture.
Variations: You could also paint each side of the blocks a different color of the rainbow. Make this jack-o-lantern as colorful as you want, or even go au naturel, and just skip to step two.
2. Add simple shapes to 3-4 sides of each block. Some sides need to be blank so that they can fill in the rest of the pumpkin face. I made each side of the green block different, to add variety to the stem as well.
For my shapes, I included a classic jack-o-lantern face of triangles and a toothy grin. Then I added in straight lines that can be used for a mouth, eyes, and a nose.
Some of the shapes were more geometric and less obvious. Like curved lines that hug corners, semi-circles along one edge, circles or stars that can be used for cheeks, eyes, or a nose. And some were more on the nose, so to speak ;), like the closed eyes with eyelashes.
You can add a clear sealant to the blocks if you need to, but the high quality Reeves acrylic paint holds up well on its own.
Set your pumpkin puzzle out with your holiday decorations and let others get in the jack-o-lantern planning mood. And be prepared to be surprised with the combinations others come up with.