Over the years we’ve drawn pumpkins, carved pumpkins and even shot them out of cannons. We’ve eaten them, displayed them and used them to scare little children. Running out of ideas for something new to do with this year’s Halloween pumpkins? Don’t worry, you’ll think of something. Especially if you browse through some of these ideas:
Ever made a pumpkin wreath? You might have although they’re very unusual. If you’ve never made one they’re not too difficult. Use a large, brass ring or twist a strong coat hanger into a circle. Use really small pumpkins, like the decorative type, to make the wreath. It’s necessary to wire each pumpkin by poking a hole through them. It’s easiest to do this if you use a hammer and a nail. Tap the nail through the pumpkin, first turning it upside down, then pushing the nail across the bottom area. Measure an inch or two up from the bottom, then push the nail through that area. Slide a wire through and wire the pumpkin onto the wreath form. You can wire on all orange pumpkins, purchase other decorative colors of pumpkins, or just paint some of them yourself. Tie on a large black bow to finish. You can tie other items onto the wreath, too, like fake groups of berries, fake or real fall leaves, or other small gourds.
Your pumpkins can spring beautiful flowers this year when you first cut off the top and hollow out the center. The pumpkin you use for this craft can be any size you want. After it’s hollowed set a vase in the center. Fill with fake or real flowers and use as a Halloween centerpiece or to decorate a shelf or counter top. Make the pumpkin vase beautiful or create a spooky version which has plastic spiders and rubber worms “crawling” up the pumpkin. Instead of a vase of flowers you can leave the top off the pumpkin and set a votive candle inside.
Create a totally different flower decor piece by using the pumpkin as the vase itself. Poke holes in the top of the pumpkin with a screwdriver. Put fake flowers into the holes to create a unique vase. Or, cut around the stem and create a hole where the stem was. Place a bunch of flowers into the hole and allow them to fan out. This makes something slightly different than the above.
Hollow out a large pumpkin and line with plastic. Use it to hold bath and beauty items, kitchen implements, and many other items. Make smaller versions to hold wrapped candies on a table. Or, fill a small one, lined with plastic, with Halloween suckers. There are many uses for the plastic-lined pumpkins.
Take circles of thick Styrofoam to make silly pumpkin faces. Paint the Styrofoam black, and push in a wooden dowel. The dowel should be painted as well. Turn a small pumpkin on its side and tap a screwdriver through it, about halfway. Slide the dowel into the hole in the pumpkin. Now stand the pumpkin up on a flat surface. The stem of the pumpkin will become the nose and you can create any number of different eyes and mouths. Glue on large wiggly eyes from a craft store or just paint eyes on with a marker. Options for mouths include felt pieces, marker, craft foam and similar items. Use other things to make the pumpkin have an even sillier face, like cutting a red felt tongue or sticking on play dough ears with toothpicks. It’s fun to decorate the goodies table, deck rails, shelves, mantles and more with the unusual pumpkin faces. Glue a doll clothing item to the dowel, before sticking it into the Styrofoam and pumpkin, to give your character an outfit.
Hollow out a pumpkin that’s not huge but not tiny. Use it to serve dip at a Halloween party. Fill the pumpkin “bowl” with any number of dips or other food items for the goodies table. They can hold melted chocolate, pumpkin pudding and similar types of edibles.
Easily make a lighted pumpkin by cutting a hole in the bottom. Hollow out the pumpkin from the bottom side and leave the top intact. Use battery-pack holiday lights to create the image you want. Poke holes in the pumpkin with a screwdriver then push the lights through, from the inside to the outside, to make the lighted design. You can use stencils or even a draw an image freehand. Push one light into each hole then set the pumpkin out to display.
Make small spider pumpkins by first turning the pumpkin on its side. The stem of the pumpkin will become the nose of the spider. Poke holes in the sides of the pumpkin with a screwdriver then push in black pipe cleaner pieces to make the legs. If the pumpkin won’t sit sideways on its own simply glue a piece of thick cardboard or orange foam to the bottom. Set these spider pumpkins on tables, mantles and even decks or porches.
Pumpkins are a part of Halloween, that’s for sure, but it can become more and more challenging every year to come up with new ways to decorate them – or decorate with them. Try some of these unusual decorations and you’ll have lots of fun creating new Halloween decorations this year. You and your guests will love the decor!