Your Halloween Party Needs This Frankenstein Wine Keg

Our scary craft dresses up any ol' box wine for the occasion.

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This adorable party craft starts with a foam pumpkin (so you can use it year after year), carved and painted to look like one of Halloween's most classic faces. But the real fun gets dropped inside the pumpkin; two bags of box wine fit snugly inside. The spouts poke through two holes carved into the sides of the pumpkin (they're the neck bolts, get it?) and your Frank keg is ready to serve your guests. In fact, don't call him Frankenstein (or Frankenstein's monster, we know) — call him Frankenwine.

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What you need:

  • Two 3-liter boxes of red, white or rose wine with spouts

  • One large hollow craft foam pumpkin, 13 inches tall by 11 inches wide (we used this one)

  • Light green acrylic paint

  • Black acrylic paint

  • Glow-in-the-dark paint

  • Foam paint brush

  • Two 8 1/2-by-11-inch sheets black construction paper

  • 2-to-3-inch platform or overturned bowl

  • Craft knife or sharp paring knife

  • 2 thumbtacks

  • Pen

  • Ruler

What to do:

Remove the wine bags from the boxes.

Cut around the top of the pumpkin in a zigzag using a craft knife or sharp paring knife. Remove the top.

Use a ruler or circle template to measure the width of the wine spout. Ours was 1 1/2 inches.

With the thumbtacks, mark two spots on opposite sides of the pumpkin, about 2 1/2 to 3 inches up from the bottom. Draw circles around them the size of the wine spouts. Use a craft knife to cut out the circles to make holes — when spouts poke through the holes, they will make Frank's neck bolts!

Push the wine spouts through the holes to make sure they fit through and protrude enough for pouring. Adjust the openings if necessary. Remove the wine from the pumpkin and set aside.

Paint the pumpkin with light green acrylic paint and let dry, about 45 minutes. Apply a second coat and let dry, about 45 minutes.

Paint the bottom part of the pumpkin with 2 coats of glow-in-the dark paint, letting the paint dry between each.

Paint the pumpkin lid with 1 coat of black acrylic paint and let dry, about 45 minutes.

For the face: Make a stencil from our template. Use a pen to trace a Frankenstein face with a heavy brow, drooping eyes, a nose, a groaning mouth and a scar on the pumpkin. Cut out the pieces with a craft knife.

Put the wine bags in the pumpkin. Pull the spouts through the holes. Tuck black construction paper inside the pumpkin behind the face for a finished look. Put the lid on the pumpkin, place on a 2- to 3-inch platform (you need space for the glasses to fit under the spouts) and serve!

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