Disney Frozen Inspired Anna Pumpkin Centerpiece

Anna Do you want to build a snowman? Pumpkin
Anna Do you want to build a snowman? Pumpkin

Normally our local event Illumination of the Jack-O’-Lanterns event, my daughters are the pumpkin designers.

This year since they were busy, the task fell to me. I created Disney Frozen-themed pumpkins in honor the Arendelle sisters Anna and Elsa.

There were two different pumpkins, one for each of the sisters from Arendelle—an Anna, “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” pumpkin on this page and an Elsa Pumpkin Snow Flurry Centerpiece.

I am pretty sure we made the event for a few very young Frozen fans who were so excited and bubbling over trying to describe their favorite Frozen characters (and even discovering our pile that was Olaf) on the pumpkins.

One beneficial thing about decorating with a Frozen theme for Halloween is that you can potentially get two holidays—Halloween (Fall) and Christmas (Winter) decorations if the pumpkins last that long (or if you use artificial ones.

Anna Build a Snowman Pumpkin © 2014 Kirsti A. Dyer  (The Costume Detective)

DIY Anna “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” Pumpkin

In addition to creating a Snow Flurry, Frozen-themed pumpkin for Elsa, we wanted to create a pumpkin for sister Anna. What better than featuring her iconic song, “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” I just had to figure out how to build a snowman without any snow.

One of the ideas that I had (too late to order anything) when making our Anna pumpkin is that it would be fun to include Olaf. (We had a Kristoff and Sven, but no Olaf figure.) Instead I went with snowballs that could be used for building a snowman.

Disney Princess Anna Sparkle Frozen Doll
Disney Princess Anna Sparkle Frozen Doll

Materials Used for an Anna (& Olaf) Centerpiece Pumpkin

  • Large White Pumpkin
  • White paint
  • White, silver and blue glitter
  • Snowball floral spray
  • Large glittery snowflake spray
  • Four Snowball christmas ornaments*
  • Snowman button eyes and nose**
  • Stick arms
  • Princess Anna Doll

* Instead of snowball ornaments you could use styrofoam balls or even several balls of rolled up batting or fiberfill.
** Instead of buttons you can make snowman coal eyes and a carrot from modeling clay or model magic.

Making the Anna Build a Snowman Pumpkin

(Building the Anna pumpkin was a easier than making the Anna version)

  1. Start with a large white pumpkin, or do what we did and paint an orange pumpkin white. (Hollowing the pumpkin out is optional, unless you like to eat pumpkin seeds like I do.)
  2. Sprinkle on white, turquoise and blue glitter as the paint is drying.
  3. Carve a door where for Anna will be able to sit down.
  4. Add a snowball floral spray and snowflakes to the top of the pumpkin.
  5. Attach the snowman eyes and nose to one of the snowball ornaments using sticky dots (Glue dots).
  6. Take three snowball ornaments and attach them together at the tops.
  7. Put Anna in the doorway
  8. Arrange the snowballs into a pile, so the one with the eyes and nose are on top as seen in the photograph below.
  9. Place stick arms nearby.
  10. (Optional) Hide an Olaf figurine behind the pumpkin.

Anna Build a Snowman Pumpkin
Anna & Olaf – Do You Want to Build a Snowman? Pumpkin

Anna Snowman Carved Pumpkin © 2014 Kirsti A. Dyer  (The Costume Detective)

Anna Pumpkin with Snowball
Anna Pumpkin Top with Snowball

Anna Snowman Carved Pumpkin © 2014 Kirsti A. Dyer  (The Costume Detective)

Optional Add an Olaf

Another idea that I had when making our Anna pumpkin is that it would be fun to include an Olaf figure to go with the “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” centerpiece. Remember Olaf also likes warm hugs.

Disney Olaf 3D PVC Key Ring
Disney Olaf 3D Key Ring

Disney Olaf Soft Touch Key Ring
Disney Olaf Soft Key Ring

Funko POP Disney Frozen Olaf
Funko POP Olaf

Use one the Olaf keyring (just take the ring out), the small figure or my favorite the Funko version. I’d hide Olaf behind the pumpkin or large snowball (if you are doing this as a centerpiece), so you can just see him peeking out.

For the winter holiday versions we’ll be adding an Olaf.

FIY: Repurpose the Key Ring and use it again after Halloween.

Making an Anna Snowball Centerpiece

Anna’s “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” concept decoration can be used to create a centerpiece for a party or other Frozen event. I’ll be turning our snowman ornaments into a more permanent centerpiece that we can use for a winter decoration.

I may get a large white ball ornament for Anna to sit on or make a large snowball out of batting over a large ball to use in place of the pumpkin.

Anna and Elsa - Please don't shut me out
Anna and Elsa – Please don’t shut me out Pumpkin

Anna and Elsa Carved Pumpkin © 2014 Kirsti A. Dyer  (The Costume Detective)

Entered at 9th Annual Illumination of the Jack-O’-Lanterns

Anna Snowman Carved Pumpkin Display
Anna Pumpkin on Display (with Olaf)

The Illumination of the Jack-O’-Lanterns is a fun, annual Halloween event held at Columbia State Historic Park in downtown Columbia, CA. Participants are encouraged to carve pumpkins in any family-friendly design of their choosing and then bring them in for judging. At dusk all of the entries are illuminated in a beautiful light display.

Using princess dolls that my daughters already have has been a fun way for us to decorate for the past several years.

My daughters have been winning the “Most Creative” pumpkin awards for the past few years with their Disney-doll themed pumpkins. Last year they turned Ariel into the Witch from Hansel and Gretel.

This year the Anna Pumpkin took the award for the “Most Unusual” while the Elsa Pumpkin won the “Most Awesome.”

Many of their creative and Disney-inspired ideas are collected on the Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas as a Halloween Tradition page.

Anna Snowman Carved Pumpkin Display © 2014 Kirsti A. Dyer  (The Costume Detective)

Sadly, Pumpkins Don’t Last as Long as Olaf

Sadly, the Anna Pumpkin was even more transient than the Elsa one. They are kind of like Olaf in the summer. The Anna pumpkin started decaying just days after it had been carved and had gotten all moldy and collapsed within a week. The fast decay is a good reminder of how transient things are, but that they are still worth experiencing.

Some people [or pumpkins] are worth melting for…

Olaf, Frozen

I could have used a large artificial or fake pumpkin (funkin) in place of one that decays. I’ll be moving the pumpkin decorations we used to a more permanent base and turn Anna’s snowman into a centerpiece for this winter holiday.

Pinterest Board for Creative Pumpkin Carving

Follow along with our “Creative Pumpkin Carving and Decorating Ideas with Recipes for the Leftovers” on Pinterest where not only will you discover some great pumpkin carving and pumpkin decorating ideas, but you’ll also find some great recipes for the leftover pumpkin and pumpkin seeds.

Follow The Costume Detective’s board Creative Pumpkin Carving and Decorating Ideas with Recipes for the Leftovers on Pinterest.

The Pinterest board contains the Anna and Elsa Pumpkins along with many other creative ideas, some of which have been inspired by my daughters. 

Creative Pumpkin Carving Project History

This Creative Pumpking Carving idea is part of a series of pumpking ideas that we have submitted over the years to the Annual Illumination of the Jack-o-Lanterns held at the Columbia State Historic Park. The original page Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas as a Halloween Tradition was originally published on Squidoo, but is now on HubPages. 

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