From DIY Halloween pumpkins to holiday-ready pillows, these (sort of) spooky decorations offer a great alternative to jack-o’-lanterns. Cut, sew, and glue your way through our easy pumpkin craft ideas. Then get ready to celebrate fall’s ghostliest holiday!
Stick Pumpkin Wall Art
DIY Halloween pumpkins can be chic Halloween decor! Have the kids gather sticks of all different sizes, then arrange them in a pumpkin shape on canvas or wood backing. Start with shorter sticks on the edges and use slightly longer ones toward the center; use a wide and sturdy piece of wood for the stem. Once you’ve planned the shape perfectly, hot-glue the sticks in place—it’s that easy!
This chic piece of fall wall art is so simple you’ll want to make a whole pumpkin patch full of wood stick Halloween art. Plus, you can use any extra gathered sticks as kindling for a cozy fall fire.
Pour Paint Pumpkin
We’re obsessed with the pour-paint pumpkin trend. A pour-paint pumpkin is pretty much exactly what it sounds like—a pumpkin with paint poured on it. Pick a pretty color scheme of acrylic paints and start pouring. Alternate colors as you pour them over the top of the pumpkin. Feel free to be heavy-handed with the paint! Turn and wiggle the pumpkin back and forth to spread the paint out as it drips down.
Dried Flower Pumpkin
Not all Halloween crafts are scary! This stunning DIY Halloween pumpkin is decorated with dried flowers for a sophisticated piece of homemade decor. We love how easy it is to match this pumpkin to your existing fall color scheme—just look for dried flowers in matching colors. Use hot-glue to attach the flowers, then finish the look by gluing on a dried pumpkin stem.
Nail Polish Pumpkins
Put down the carving knife and decorate these DIY Halloween pumpkins with nail polish. Whip up these no-carve Halloween pumpkins using water and swirls of polish. We’ll show you how easy it is to create pretty marbled pumpkins. Try making a batch of pumpkins using glitter or metallic polish—or both!
DIY Pumpkin Planter
Want to make your pumpkin planter last year after year? Instead of planting your flowers directly into the pumpkin, place a potted plant inside the cavity and remove it once the season ends.
DIY Crepe Paper Pumpkins
Make DIY Halloween pumpkin decor that lasts for several seasons to come. Use dyed crepe paper and paper stripped of color to create different pumpkin textures, then glue strips to a paper-mâché pumpkin shape. Cover the stems with solid crepe paper and set them out to create your paper pumpkin patch.
Pretty Pumpkin Place Setting
This easy pumpkin craft is perfect for your next Halloween party or Thanksgiving table. Fresh fall flowers and a mini chalkboard add a rustic touch to your fall table. It all starts with a mini pumpkin and a bit of carving!
A stack of yarn-wrapped DIY Halloween pumpkins adds a cozy touch to your decorations. All you have to do is wrap faux (or real) pumpkins in pretty yarn colors. Use unexpected colors like pink, blue, and gray for a modern touch. Once you’ve mastered the technique, try using different types of yarn or ribbon for added texture.
Tie-On Pumpkin Tag
Wish someone a happy fall with a sweet note tied to a tiny pumpkin. This adorable pumpkin gift makes a great Halloween party favor or small gift. Tie on our free printable with a sprig of seasonal greenery, and this easy pumpkin craft is ready for gifting.
This gorgeous fall centerpiece idea starts with a plain white pumpkin. If you’re using a real pumpkin, cut the top off and scoop it out to form a vase that can hold water. To make it with a faux pumpkin, use a knife to cut the top off the same way. Place a flower vase inside the pumpkin to avoid leaking. Fill the vase with soaked floral foam and finish with cut seasonal flowers and greenery. Stick to fall colors like orange, red, and cream to get our look.
Fall Pumpkin Decoration
Create a festive Halloween pumpkin decoration using a pumpkin and antique silverware. Head to the thrift store and pick up an assortment of small forks, spoons, and knives to spell your greeting. Simply attach the flatware to a pumpkin using floral pins or a dab of hot glue. For a pretty fall front porch, display your finished pumpkin craft with bittersweet branches and a buffalo check pillow.
Melted Crayon Pumpkin
Playing with crayons is a fun way to create Halloween crafts for kids. Attach a rainbow along the top of a pumpkin using peeled crayon pieces and a hot-glue gun. Use a blow dryer to melt the crayons down the pumpkin. If you have one, a craft heat tool instead of a hairdryer will accelerate the process. As you heat the crayons, wiggle the pumpkin to and fro to make sure the crayon wax spreads across the top of the pumpkin and runs down prettily. If you’re doing this project with the kids, let them hold the hairdryer while you do the wiggling.
Mood Ring Pumpkin
This Halloween pumpkin decoration is pretty with a splash of science! Thermal paint, applied over a layer of Halloween black, reacts with heat to create changing colors on the surface of your Halloween pumpkin craft. The color scheme of this pumpkin changes every time it’s in new hands. Halloween decor has never been so moody…or cool!
Halloween Paper Pumpkins
If big and bold doesn’t particularly match this year’s Halloween decor, create sweet paper pumpkins in different hues to coordinate with the rest of the fall decor. Or better yet, get the kiddos involved—this easy-breezy Halloween craft is excellent for kids. This DIY Halloween pumpkin is so simple it can be put together in minutes, starting with strips of scrapbook paper. Cut 1-inch paper strips, and form the strips into a circle beginning with one set of crisscrossing strips. Attach using a brad at both the top and the bottom. Cut out a couple of leaves for the top of each pumpkin.
DIY Pumpkin Game
Transform a plain orange tray into a fun DIY Halloween party game! Simply use black washi tape to add a cheerful jack-o’-lantern face to the center of the tray. Place the tray on the ground and toss bean bags into it. The person who gets the most on the tray wins!
DIY Pumpkin Terrarium
Think terrariums are just for summer? Think again! Use a faux pumpkin to create a stunning fall centerpiece or handmade Halloween decoration. First, cut an oval shape on the front of an artificial pumpkin. Fill with sand and cover with moss. Decorate it with cardstock houses and trees. Add decorative items like tiny pumpkins and tombstones to finish this eerie DIY terrarium.
Pumpkin Serving Bowl
Create a creepy spider serving bowl with a couple of fresh pumpkins. Cut the top off a large pumpkin, hollow it out, and insert a plastic serving bowl into the cavity. Place it in a grapevine wreath decorated with faux spiderwebs. Add a smaller smiling jack-o’-lantern and finish with black glitter garland “legs.”
Make it a real Halloween party with this handmade pumpkin piñata. Start this Halloween project with a round cardboard shape (available at crafts supply stores) and embellish it with colored crepe paper. Finish it with a green crepe paper topper and a cardstock face. P.S. Don’t forget to tuck treats inside!
Pumpkin Punch Bowl
We’re carving a pumpkin, sure, but this is no jack-o’-lantern. This Halloween pumpkin decoration is seasonal and on theme, plus every party needs a punch bowl! This pumpkin craft belongs at any Halloween or fall party.
This party table centerpiece starts with a perfect gourd. Choose a pumpkin wide enough for a ladle to fit into, deep enough to hold a party’s worth of punch, yet not so deep that it can’t reach the bottom. Then, cut the top of the pumpkin. Once the pumpkin is cut, clean out the seeds and “guts” as thoroughly as possible; you don’t want your guests ladling up any stringy floaters.
A gratitude pumpkin is a fun family activity that captures the true meaning of the season. To create your own, have family members or friends share what they’re grateful for. Then, use a metallic paint marker to write them on a white pumpkin. This is a great activity to help teach kids the importance of gratitude.
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