SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- Funkins™ products:
- 2 carvable pumpkins (same size)
- Carving tool
- Foamies® sheets: black, red, white
- Black chenille stems
- Paint: black, red
- Paintbrushes: 1" flat, round
- Circle template
- Scissors and scallop or pinking shears
- Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue®
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1. For the Funkins™ that will be the ladybug body, saw the stem flush to the pumpkin shell with the carving tool. So the pumpkin will sit flat, slice a little off one side.
2. On the second Funkins™, cut out the stem in a 3" diameter circle. Cut the second Funkins™ in half and in half again, following the indented lines, to create 2 wings.
3. On the second Funkins™, the end that used to be the stem end of the wings will be attached around the stem end of the body Funkins™, so leave that end alone. Shape the back end of the wings into a rounded shape, cutting off enough length (2"-3") that the wings fit closely over the Funkins™ body.
4. Paint the body Funkins™ black and the wings red, including all edges. Apply as many coats as necessary for good coverage.
5. Trace circles of various sizes onto the wings and paint the circles black.
6. Cut a 3" circle of red Foamies® with scallop shears. Glue it to a sheet of black Foamies® and cut around the red circle to create a small "frame" of black. Cut eyes and mouth. Glue all together and let dry, flat.
7. Find the "balance point" for the body Funkins™ before attaching wings or face.
8. Using the carving tool, drill two holes in each wing in order to attach the wings to the body. Hold the wings in place over the body and mark four matching holes in the body. Remove wings and drill the holes in the body.
9. Push each end of a chenille stem into the two wing holes, from the top. Push the ends into the matching holes of the body. Reach into the Funkins™ through the hole in the bottom and snug up the wing to the body, twisting the chenille stem to secure. Repeat for the second wing.
10. Set the Funkins™ up on its hole and drill a small hole in the stem. Add glue to a chenille stem that has been folded in half and insert into the hole for antennae. Glue the face over the stem. Let sit in this position until the glue is dry.
11. Add six chenille stem legs. With the carving tool, drill three holes on each side of the ladybug, near the bottom. Position the center of a chenille stem around the handle of the carving tool. Twist the chenille stem tightly around the handle and twist twice more. Remove the carving tool, making a loop at the end for a foot. Bend the two remaining ends as one, making a knee, and twist the very ends twice to connect them. Apply Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue® inside the first hole, and insert the leg end. Repeat for all six legs, allow glue to dry, and then retouch glue with black paint if necessary. Adjust the legs as necessary to balance the ladybug.