Adult Treats Pumpkin Cooler

Item # 222482638P710
Intermediate Weekend Project


  • Place & Time® carvable pumpkin, orange, 11.1"x 11.1"x 13.5", 1
  • Multi-surface acrylic satin paint, 2oz, Mood Yellow, 1
  • Optional: Red, Orange, Brown, and White
  • Graphite transfer paper
  • X-Acto® knife, # 11 blades
  • Rotary tool with cutting shaft and sandpaper drum bits
  • Sandpaper, fine
  • Painters' tape
  • Paintbrushes, 1" chip, assorted small artists'
  • Palette
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Optional: small kitchen knife with serrated edge, emery board


  1. Download the pattern pieces in the "GET PATTERNS" tab.
  2. Mark for the lid cut.
  3. Cut out the 7" circle. Cut a hole in the center so the circle can lay flat on the top of the pumpkin. Center the circle on the stem. Trace around the circle onto the pumpkin.
  4. Cut the lid.
  5. The walls of the pumpkin are approximately 1/2" thick. Use the rotary tool or X-Acto knife to cut around the top circle. See "Hacks" for alternate tool. Tip the cutting tool so the inside edge of the pumpkin is a slightly smaller diameter than the outside diameter. This will keep the lid from falling inside of the pumpkin if the lid is used.
  6. Paint the interior surfaces of the pumpkin.
  7. Use a 1" chip brush to apply a thin coat of yellow paint to the interior of the pumpkin. Let the paint dry.
  8. Prepare the lettering.
  9. Cut the pattern 1/4" from all sides of the lettering. Cut a piece of graphite transfer paper to the same size. Tape the transfer paper on the back of the lettering with the glossy graphite side away from the lettering paper.
  10. Transfer the lettering onto the pumpkin.
  11. Center the lettering between the vertical seams of the two sides of the pumpkin. The material is much thicker at the seams, so it is best to avoid placing any images with intricate details on them. Set the pumpkin on a flat surface. Mark a light pencil line 5" up from the flat surface to set the baseline of the lettering. Tape the lettering in place and trace over each outline with a pencil.
  12. Cut out the lettering.
  13. Use either a rotary tool or an X-Acto knife to cut out each of the letters. Hold the tool perpendicular to the surface of the pumpkin while cutting. Any slight irregularities in the cut edges may be softened by sanding. An emery board works well on straight edges.
  14. Mark for the circle bottle openings.
  15. Cut out the 2 3/4" circle. The number of bottle openings may be from 8 - 10. Eight holes will accommodate the bottles with a good amount of space for ice and two additional bottles though the lid opening. Set the pumpkin on a flat surface. Mark a light pencil line 3" up from the flat surface starting and stopping about 1 1/4" from the ends of the word "TREATS". Mark vertical pencil lines from the ends of the horizontal line to 1" from the lid opening. Mark a horizontal line 1" down from the cut lid opening starting and stopping at the vertical lines. Trace one circle into each corner of the vertical and horizontal lines, aligning the edges of the circles with the lines. For two more sets of holes on either side leave at least 1 1/2" between the circles. Adjust the distance between the holes as desired. Keep all the circles aligned with the horizontal lines.
  16. Cut out the bottle openings.
  17. Same as the lettering. Sand the opening edges using a sanding drum. Gently angle the edges of the openings to flare toward the inside of the pumpkin.
  18. Paint all the cut edges yellow.


  • A serrated kitchen knife can be substituted as a cutting tool.
  • The words may be painted on the surface of the pumpkin rather than carved. If any paint is to be added to the pumpkin surface, do that first. Then transfer the lettering pattern same as in directions and hand paint with artists' brushes.

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