Crafts For Halloween – Pumpkins Are For More Than Just Jack-O-Lanterns!

Crafts For HalloweenIn my household, Halloween is more than just dressing up and heading out to go Trick or Treating. We spend the weeks leading up to Halloween making all sorts of neat crafts, costumes and goodies.

It is amazing how many things can be made in celebration of this haunted holiday and every year, we seem to come up with even more.

Spooky Pumpkin Dioramas

One of my all-time favorite crafts that I made with my kids was when we made pumpkins into spooky dioramas. It is as easy as cutting an opening in the front of the pumpkin, scrapping out all of the gook and creating a Halloween scene in the opening. Use a flameless candle inside to light up the scene and you can add it to the jack-o-lanterns on your porch. It is an unexpected sight when parents bring their little ones to your door for treats.

Pumpkin Flower Pots

Pumpkins can be used for so many more things than those infamous jack-o-lanterns or for pie. You can actually use them as creatively creepy flower pots. Start by cutting a hole in the top of the pumpkin and remove all of the gook. Wash the pumpkin really well and allow it to dry completely. Paint your own Halloween patterns on the outside. Once the paint is dry, use silk or dried flowers to stick in the opening. Light it up by using the little tea light flameless candles.

Pumpkin Lanterns

Pumpkins can also be transformed into festive lanterns for your walkway. Carefully, cut an opening in the top or bottom of the pumpkin and clean it out. If you are not artistic, go online and print out a template for a lantern of your choosing. I like to stick to lantern shapes that mimic the shape of the pumpkin. After painting the lantern on the front of the pumpkin, cut out the areas that would be the glass panels if the lantern was real. Use a candle or a flameless candle to light it up.

Two Carving Designs on One Pumpkin

Traditional jack-o-lanterns can be jazzed up a bit. You will spend a little more time carving these out, but the finished product is worth the time. Prepare the pumpkin the way you normally would by removing all of the gook. Choose the design you want on the front of the pumpkin. Then, you will carve a second design into the back. When you are done, place the pumpkin close to the wall so that the light that shines from the back of the pumpkin displays on the wall. To get better results, carve the rear design with an upward slant so that it will display a little higher than the pumpkin and be easily seen.

You have likely noticed that all of these crafts use pumpkins. There are so many wonderful things you can do with pumpkins during Halloween that you could actually carry over to Thanksgiving. Your friends and family are sure to compliment your creativity when they notice that your flower pot is actually a real pumpkin and that your walkway is lighted with pumpkin lanterns.

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