Resort TV 1 took us trick or treating with their family at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party last month, and I loved seeing the decorations, especially the neat Jack-o-Lantern pumpkin Mickeys on the light posts.
It inspired me to Google around and see if anyone had constructed a template for Perler beads. There's no reason to reinvent the wheel with a web full of super-crafty folks about.
This Mickey began as an experiment on the peg board after seeing this impressive Pinterest pin:
It is an awesome Mickey, and it is large. It would be a great addition to a wreath or display, but I wanted something smaller that I could wear through October to invoke that not-so-scary party vibe. It meant less room for the neat Mickey eyes, so I modeled my charm after the tsum tsums.
I built my base pumpkin, first accidentally making it without a center line and having to shave off a side. The base of the piece ended up with seven beads, so that symmetry would be easier to achieve.
Not that it ended up being symmetrical - the accent beads that created the "pumpkin-ness" needed to look organic. The accent beads were added and shifted with tweezers, which help mightily when working straight on the board.
The eyes are yellow glow-in-the-dark, and the white accents ended up looking like a skull pumpkin. I think orange with dark orange accents would also look nice.
And here's my graph:
Get festive and make it your own, unique Fall, just like this little fellow, who likes to crush dried leaves individually.