7 Crafty Ways to Decorate Your Pumpkins This Fall

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It’s October!! You know what that means, right?  Halloween is just around the corner, so let’s talk about decorating pumpkins. While the classic jack-o'-lantern with a spooky face is always a fan favorite, why not get a little more creative this year? In this blog post, we'll explore fun and unique ways to decorate pumpkins for Halloween that will surely impress your friends and neighbors.

  1. Pumpkin Dioramas:

Transform your pumpkin into a miniature world by creating a pumpkin diorama. Carve a small opening and hollow out the inside, then craft tiny scenes using miniature figurines and props. You can make spooky graveyards, haunted houses, or even whimsical fairy gardens within your pumpkin. Place a battery-operated tea light inside for an eerie glow.

I found this fun Pumpkin Diorama kit at Michaels and it comes with everything you need to create a your very own Die-orama! 


  1. Painted Pumpkins:

Put away the carving tools and pick up some paintbrushes! Painting your pumpkins allows for endless creativity. You can paint intricate patterns, your favorite Halloween characters, funny faces, you name it! Acrylic paints work well for this, and don't forget to seal your masterpiece with a clear varnish to make it last longer.  Not only is this a fun and safe option for the littles who are too young for carving pumpkins, it’s a great and affordable way to create a totally unique and personalized Halloween decoration that will be the envy of your whole neighborhood.


  1. Melted Crayon Pumpkins:

This colorful and crafty idea is perfect for kids and adults alike. Gather some crayons in Halloween-themed colors like orange, black, and purple. Peel the crayons and then melt them onto the pumpkin using a hairdryer. As the wax drips down the pumpkin's surface, it creates a mesmerizing, abstract design.

Here's an easy how to video to show you how to make your very own melted crayon pumpkin.


  1. Glitter Glam:

For a touch of glamour, cover your pumpkin in glitter! You can use spray adhesive or glue to coat your pumpkin in glitter or create intricate patterns and designs. Gold, silver, and black glitter can add a touch of elegance to your Halloween decor.

I found this easy to follow child-friendly glitter pumpkin tutorial here https://youtu.be/ihKuXsqyN4Y?si=hATLu3PWh59s9Ph1

  1. Mosaic Magic:

Create a stunning mosaic effect by gluing small, colorful glass tiles or broken pieces of glass onto your pumpkin's surface. The light will bounce off the glass, creating a beautiful, shimmering display. Just be sure to wear gloves and use caution when handling glass pieces.

  1. Pumpkin Planters:

Combine your love for gardening with Halloween by turning your pumpkin into a planter. Hollow out the pumpkin, fill it with soil, and plant some spooky plants like black violas or orange marigolds. These pumpkin planters make fantastic centerpieces for your Halloween gatherings.


  1. Pumpkin Decoupage:

Decoupage is a fantastic way to decorate your pumpkin with themed images from magazines, wrapping paper, or printed clip art. Simply cut out your chosen images, adhere them to the pumpkin's surface using decoupage glue, and seal it with more glue on top. This technique allows for endless customization.

This Halloween, step outside the traditional jack-o'-lantern box and explore these fun and unique ways to decorate your pumpkins. Whether you choose to paint, mosaic, or craft a miniature scene inside, your creative pumpkin creations are sure to be the talk of the neighborhood and add a festive touch to your Halloween celebrations. So, roll up your sleeves, grab your craft supplies, and let your imagination run wild as you decorate your pumpkins in style!

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