Easy Halloween DIY Decor for Your Front Door: Cat o’ Lantern

Happy fall everyone! And almost Happy Halloween. Things have been a little crazy at Home. There have been many changes, but I am still here and still crafting. Which is perfect being that Halloween is right around the corner. I’ve been staring at my neighbors decorations and realized my house is sadly lacking on the block. So I need some decor asap. While black cats are associated with Halloween, I wanted to do cute tribute to all the sweet cats in my life. From my adorable feline inspiration, I decided to create a Cat O’ Lantern to hang on my door. Pumpkins, cats, and carving this DIY brings some sweetness to the season. There’s only little time left till Halloween, but you can still add this cute touch to your front door.

In about an hour, you can make this cute little kitty to guard your front door. This kitty will greet trick or treaters with a friendly smile. You can even add in a light to welcome guests to your home. With a faux pumpkin, ribbon, and felt, you will have a decoration to enjoy and add to your Halloween decor for years to come.

The supplies you will need for this Cat O’ Lantern are:

  • Small white faux pumpkin
  • Felt in white, pink, and black (I highly recommend using the stiff felt sheets.)
  • Black paint
  • Foam brush
  • Hot Knife or soldiering iron with a hot knife option
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pencil
  • Paper & tape (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Rubber band (recommended)
  • Measuring tape (recommended)
  • Battery powered lights (optional)

That’s it. Most of these items you probably have around the house. The rest can be purchased at your local craft store. Since it’s almost Halloween the faux pumpkins should be on sale: Bonus! πŸ˜€

Now that you have everything ready let’s start by carving the pumpkin. If you have a storm door before your front door, I recommend measure the depth of the door jam between the two doors. This will determine how far your pumpkin can stick out. My door jam was about 3Β½ inches deep. So I decided to make my cat o’ lantern around 3ΒΌ inches to give myself a little leeway.

You can draw a line around the pumpkin. But I found that placing a rubber band around it is a much easier guide to follow. It’s also easier to get a straighter cut even if the rubber band is a bit off. πŸ™‚

Since it is a fake pumpkin, I recommend using a Hot Knife or solider iron with a utility knife attachment. This will cut through the pumpkin like butter. Remember to be careful, as the name suggests, this knife gets super hot!

Using your guide cut all the way around the pumpkin. Take your measure half and draw a cute face on it. I recommend sketching the eyes and mouth on a piece of paper and taping that to the pumpkin for a template. But you can also freehand draw a face on. Whether you trace a template or freehand it, you need to cut out the design with your hot knife. Just like carving a real pumpkin, you need to make sure the corners are cut through. Otherwise the design won’t pop out. Once you’ve carved your design, there’s just a couple more steps till your cat o’ lantern is ready.

The leftover half you can do whatever you want with, even create a second. πŸ˜€

First place your carved pumpkin on a sheet of black felt. I recommend the stiff felt sheets for stability and ease for gluing on. Trace around the entire pumpkin and cut piece out. Turn the pumpkin upside down placing the felt piece over the back. Begin gluing pumpkin and felt together by placing hot glue around the rim of the pumpkin and pressing into place. Start in one place and work your way all the way around.

Next I recommend painting the inside edge of the carved eyes and mouth black. This will give a nice crisp look to your pumpkin and disguise any hot knife mishaps.

Then cut/melt a hole through the top of the pumpkin with the hot knife or a soldier iron. A soldier iron works a little better for this, but you can certain use a hot knife to do this.

Now you can thread both ends of your ribbon through the hole leaving a ribbon loop out. I actually used multiple ribbons and string to add color and texture, but it is completely up to you. Pull the ends of the ribbon out one of the holes in the pumpkin. Now you can knot all the ends together and pull on the loop to bring the knot back into the pumpkin and out of sight. That creates a sturdy hanger for your cat o’ lantern.

Time to make this really a Cat o’ Lantern. Using a template or freehand, draw a set of cat ears on the white and pink felt. Remember to make the pink set a little smaller for the inside of the ears.

Cut out all of the ears out of the felt. Again I recommend using the stiff felt for the whites of the ears at least. Dogs might have flappy ears, but cat’s normally don’t. Unless it’s a Scottish Fold. πŸ˜‰ Next glue the pink inside ears to the white. Then fold over the bottom of the white so you have something to glue down. With a generous amount of hot glue, glue the ears on to the pumpkin. Hang it on the door and you now have your very own Cat o’ Lantern.

Finished Cat o' Lantern

Isn’t it just adorable?! I really love this DIY, and my cats like it too. πŸ˜€ This Cat O’ Lantern is the perfect accent to my door. It looks cute with lights inside it too.

Although I think a single light shining up from the bottom would probably be better. You can really use whatever lights you wish as long as they are battery powered and fits into the cat’s mouth. Whether you choose to add a light or not, everyone is sure to love this cute Cat O’ Lantern when they knock on your door this Halloween.


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Whether you are handing out candy or walking around the neighborhood, I hope you stay warm and have a great time with your family this Halloween. I’ll be on candy detail and I can’t wait to see all the kids in there costumes. Next time I’ll be bringing you a special review post so you can look forward to that. Until then stay safe, have fun, and remember you are always welcome at Home with Heartland.

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