Make your own pumpkin hedgehog

Its pumpkin time and time for you to get creative.

1. Get yourself some pumpkins that have a good pointy stalk. Then lots of cheap ball point pens from Wilko that cost 28p a pachet of ten. Undo the pen bottoms and get the inky bits out. Keep the clear plastic shaft as this is the bit the light shines up.

Who would have thought that pens could be this useful.
Who would have thought that pens could be this useful.

 

2. Now cut a slice from the side of your pumpkin as this is the base. Then clean out the spew of seeds and yukky stuff. Do a good job as you want it as dry as possible in there.

What a mess, but be sure to keep the seeds.
What a mess, but be sure to keep the seeds.

 

3. Now get your weapon (the drill). Don’t be shy. Start at the ‘hairline’ and follow the natural creases of the pumpkin over its back holding the pumpkin firmly with your other hand.

There's something very satisfying about drilling a pumpkin! But please be careful.
There’s something very satisfying about drilling a pumpkin! But please be careful.

 

4. Now admire your handy-work, even though it did make a bit of a mess.

Scene of the crime.
Scene of the crime.

5. Now get your empty pen shafts and stick them in the holes.

It will take shape now....
It will take shape now….

6. Add a low-voltage light. I got this one from Ikea. Do not use a candle as the plastic pens will melt.

8. Add Light
Use a light thats neat and safe as possible as pumpkins can be damp inside.

7. For the eyes I inserted some of the spare pen ends. Black ones looked best.

Meet the the happy hogs Harriette and Henry Horatio-Hogg of Spikey Bottom, Splottlands, Cardiff

The hedgehogs

 

 

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