Decorating Pumpkins for Halloween
14 Creative and Fun Ways to Decorate Pumpkins for HalloweenHalloween is just around the corner; why not turn your house into a haunted house with these easy Halloween crafts for kids?
There are many ways to decorate pumpkins for Halloween, you don’t necessarily have to carve them and worry about the mess your kids will create. Here are 14 creative and fun ways to decorate pumpkins for Halloween, some include carving them out, and others don’t!
1. The Pumpkin Zoo
Mouse: You will need to pick a tiny pumpkin that has a long stem which serves as the tail. Use card board paper to cut out the facial features of the mouse and its ears, and then use duct tape to attack the ears to the back of the pumpkin. Use glue for the rest of the face.
Cat: Again, cut the face and ears from cardboard paper, and for the body, find an oatmeal canister with black paper, and use the glue to add legs and a tail which you also make out of paper. Finally, just place the pumpkin on top of the canister.
Elephant: You will also need a round pumpkin which has a long stem to serve as the elephant’s trunk. Follow the previous instructions to create your elephant.
2. Binky Pumpkins
To create these cute sleepyhead pumpkin babies, find small and round pumpkins. For these sweet, sleepy babes, start with small round pumpkins. You can then cut the nipples from 2 pacifiers and attach them to the base of the pumpkin. Use pins to do that. You can then use paint or black marker to draw eyes, and you can tie a ribbon on the pumpkin’s stem if it has one.
3. Vegetable Heads
You can be creative with your pumpkins by using extra vegetables around the house and using them as decorations for your pumpkins. You can use toothpicks to fasten these vegetables. If the pumpkin is not soft enough for a toothpick, you can use metal skewers to make holes.
4. Mustaches and Lashes
Here’s a simple way to give your pumpkins lots of personality without carving them: You can give your pumpkin a lot of personality by making moustaches, eyelashes, eyebrows, sideburns or even goatees out of cardboards. You can use double sided tape to attach them to the pumpkin. You can also use foam instead of paper or cardboard cutouts.
5. Think Different Colors!
You Can Add Dots: You can use a paint brush or a cutout from a foam sponge to paint dots onto your pumpkin. Then let it dry.
Make Your Pumpkins White: You can use several layers of white paint (for crafts) to paint your pumpkin. After it dries, you use marker pens and colors to add anything you want on it, from straight lines to squiggles and squares. Your kids can write their own story on it too.
Make Your Pumpkins Black: This time, you can use layers of black craft paint. To draw on the black pumpkin once it dries, you can use white chalks or any white marker pens and colors.
6. Hop on Pop
You can use whatever props in your house to give three pumpkins cute faces and a little character.
You will need to pick 3 pumpkins that will sit well on top of each other. Make sure you remove their stems. For the son’s pumpkin, you can use a newsboy’s hat and place it on top of it. The girl can get a wig made of yarn, and the father can get a messy toupee made of craft fur.
To make the wig for the daughter, wind some yarn to make a thick loop, tie 2 pieces of yarn around this loop to hold it in place, and braid the thick loops into plates before securing them with a ribbon at each end.
For the faces of the pumpkins, you can use any craft paint and colors to draw any kind of face you’d like. Put them on top of each other, and use nonslip shelf-liner in between the pumpkin heads to help keep them in place.
7. Lantern Stack
If you are intent on carving your pumpkins, why not give them this funny stacked look in the process? Once you finish carving your pumpkins, you can use a fence post to hold them up. To do this, first you need to place a steel U-post into the place in your garden where you’d like these pumpkins to be. Then carve a hole on the tops and bottoms of as many pumpkins as you want, the hole should be 5 inches wide. The last pumpkin should only have a hole on its bottom. Finally, slowly place them on top of one another, and leave the last pumpkin with the intact top till the end. You can light them up by placing glow sticks inside the pumpkins.
8. Brad Pumpkins
This is the easiest design yet! If you have any scrapbooking brads, then you can use them by pressing a pattern of them onto your pumpkin.
9. Junk Food Pumpkins
Punk: Carve a regular Jack O Lantern pumpkin, then you can use a rolling pin to flatten a taffy piece into the shape of a tongue and attach it in the mouth –Laffy Taffy was used in the picture. Then you can attach the hair which is made of cheese-puffs.
Well-dressed: This handsome pumpkin fellow looks very dapper with his mustache. To create his mustache, you need to draw it into heavy cardboard and then cut it out. Hot glue should then be used to attach black licorice to the cutout of the mustache. Bend the licorice to match the shape of the mustache you drew, and trim it as required to match the picture. Finally, you can carve features like eyes and a big mouth in the pumpkin and add the licorice mustache on top of the mouth. You can also use pins to add licorice eyebrows.
10. Disco Ball Pumpkins
How about a mirror ball pumpkin this Halloween?
Use metallic silver duct-tape on parchment paper, and afterwards cut the paper into squares. Now, remove the backing and stick the cutout squares on the pumpkins. The squares on the top and bottom of the pumpkins should be smaller.
11. Knitted Pumpkins
You’ll need to add nails onto your pumpkin for this look. Then you can get a piece of yarn, attach it to one nail, and then go around the nail heads and create a zigzag pattern. Once you are back at the nail you started from, tie the yarn. You can start over with several yarn colors.
12. Candy Pumpkins
Create a pumpkin family with faces made of treats and candy! You can use bubble gum, licorice swirls, jelly beans and candy corn for the faces. Use hot glue to attach everything.
13. Friendly Green Monster
You can just use this picture as a guideline to draw this friendly monster’s face. Use real staples for his forehead.
14. Mummified Pumpkins
Use crepe paper streamers to wrap your pumpkins in, then add pom pom eyes which can be glued, and you’ll have your own mummy pumpkins for Halloween.
Originally published in the October 2013/2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.