Sculpey® III Scary Face Pumpkin
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Sculpey® III Scary Face Pumpkin

Create this scary faced pumpkin with Sculpey® III polymer clay.
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Sculpey® III Oven-bake Clay, 2 oz. Bars – Black, Yellow, Granny Smith, Sweet Potato, Chocolate and Tan
  • Sculpey® Clay Tool Starter Set
  • Acrylic Clay Roller
  • Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil
  • Celebrate It™ Pumpkin
  • Gel Fast Setting Glue

Project Instructions


Getting Started

Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275°F (130°C) for 30 minutes per ¼" (6mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult.


Begin by preheating oven to 275°F (130°C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. Condition all clay by kneading until it’s soft and smooth or running it through a clay dedicated pasta machine for several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.


Step 1 Using the acrylic roller, roll out a thin sheet of black clay about 1/16" thick. You will use this for both the mouth and the eyes.





Step 1 Using the needle tool, very gently score an outline of the frown on the clay sheet (approximately 5" Wx1" H).

Step 2 Take six pieces of Yellow and flatten them into very thin oval teeth (approximately 15/16" Hx9/16" W). Position the teeth in the mouth, leaving a space between the top of the teeth and the top of the mouth. Allow the bottom of the teeth to hang down over the bottom of the mouth.

Step 3 Score the teeth using the needle tool.

Step 4 Using the knife, cut the mouth completely out of the black sheet of clay trimming the bottom of the teeth off.

Step 5 Bend the excess black clay down over the top of the teeth.

Step 6 Mix Sweet Potato clay with Chocolate clay to get a Dirty Orange color. Try to match the color of your pumpkin.

Step 7 Outline the mouth with the Dirty Orange color.



Step 1 Make Yellow lemon shapes. Flatten these very thinly onto the black clay sheet above the mouth for the eyes (approximately 7/8" Hx1-5/16" W).

Step 2 Mix Granny Smith and black clay together to make a dirty green color. This color will look even creepier if you don't mix the colors completely together.

Step 3 Make two 11/16" flattened circles using the green/black mixture. Place on top of the Yellow eyes.

Step 4 Using black clay, make two 7/16" flattened circles. Place on top of the Green circles.

Step 5 Using the needle tool, score the eyes in a radiating pattern from the center out, kind of like tie dye. If the tip of your tool gets excess clay on it, don't clean it off as you are making the lines. The dirty tool tip will just help the eyes look creepier.

Step 6 Use your finger to flatten the lines out.

Step 7 Using the knife, trim the eyes out of the black background, leaving a small amount of black around the top of each eye. Bend the black over the top of the eye.

Step 8 Mix Sweet Potato clay with Chocolate clay to get a Dirty Orange color. Try to match the color of your pumpkin.

Step 9 Line the top of each eye with the Dirty Orange. Pinch the Orange up so it makes an eyelid.


Step 1 Make two small ropes of black (approximately 3" L).

Step 2 Flatten each rope using the acrylic roller.

Step 3 Using the needle tool, score lines in the brows to make them look hairy.



Step 1 Using 1 oz. of Chocolate clay, create a log.

Step 2 Align strings of Tan, black, and the left-over Dirty Orange color all over the outside of the log.

Step 3 Roll and twist the log. Keep the log short and fat by putting pressure on the ends of the log and pushing toward the middle.

Step 4 Form a fat base on one end and make a hollow spot in the end by pinching with your fingers.


Getting Your Pieces To Fit onto Your Pumpkin

Step 1 Cut out pieces of heavy aluminum foil to accommodate each facial feature. Bend a large piece over the area on your pumpkin where you would like to place the mouth. Rub the foil so that it really takes on the shape of the pumpkin.

Step 2 With the foil still in place on the pumpkin, put the clay mouth on top of the foil and bend the mouth to take on the same shape as the pumpkin. Gently lift the foil off the pumpkin with the clay piece still on top. You will bake the mouth on the foil so it maintains the curve of the pumpkin.

Step 3 Repeat this process for both eyes and both eyebrows.

Step 4 Cover the stem of your pumpkin with foil. Push the hollow clay log onto the stem over the foil. Squeeze the clay log so it really takes the same shape as the stem.

Step 5 Pull the clay nose off with the foil so that the foil remains inside the log. Bake the clay log with the foil in place.

Bake as directed above. Allow to cool completely.


Adhering the Clay Pieces onto the Pumpkin

Remove the foil from all of the pieces. Glue the clay pieces onto the pumpkin with the gel fast setting glue. Please note that this glue dries really fast so be careful with your placement of things because they are very hard to move once they are stuck on your pumpkin. You might want to make little pencil marks to help you know where to place your pieces.


This project will be even creepier if you let it get a little dirty. Instead of cleaning your hands between colors or cleaning your tools, just let the excess colors bleed onto the other colors.

Craft Notes

Crafted for Michaels by Amy Koranek