What do you do after a trip to the pumpkin patch? Try one of these easy (and too-cute) pumpkin carving, painting or craft ideas that everyone will love.
Pounce on this tiger jack-o-latern craft idea! Let the fun feline protect your Halloween candy.
See instructions: Tiger Pumpkin
Come up with your own designs using these directions.
YOU'LL NEED • Pumpkins in various sizes and colors (find artificial pumpkins at funkins.com) • Black paint • Black and orange tissue paper • 1", 1½" and 2" round paper punches • Scissors • Pushpins • Mod Podge • ¾" paintbrush
1. Paint some pumpkins black, if desired.
2. Cut dots out of tissue paper. To make a clean cut, stack 10 sheets of paper and press down on punch with a quick, forceful motion. Cut stripes from tissue paper with scissors.
3. Create a design on pumpkin, using pushpins to hold dots and stripes in place.
4. Gently lift dot or stripe, leaving pushpin in place, and brush Mod Podge onto pumpkin beneath shape. Use brush to smooth shape. Add a layer of Mod Podge on top of shape to seal it. Repeat until all shapes are adhered to pumpkin.
5. Let dry for an hour, then carefully remove pushpins while holding paper down.
Mask your pumpkins’ true identity with a cute homemade disguise. No carving is needed to create this festive pumpkin face,
making it a great kid-friendly craft.
See instructions: Pumpkin Bandits
Dress up your doorstep with a feline family and great trick-or-treaters with an adorable (and only slightly frigthening) sight.
See instructions: Cat pumpkins
Skip the sharp knives and candles. Instead, use stenciles and spray paint to create an awe-worthy pumpkin.
YOU'LL NEED: • Pumpkins in various sizes and colors (find artificial pumpkins at funkins.com) • Contact paper • Spray paint in various colors
1. Stamp a spider shape on paper and copy it in varying sizes on a photocopier.
2. Cut out the shapes, trace them on contact paper and stick them to a pumpkin surface.
3. Spray-paint the entire pumpkin, and then peel off the spiders to reveal the orange underneath. For the reverse effect―black spiders on orange or spray-painted pumpkins―stick the removed spider cutouts onto pumpkins.
Spook your guests with these spider pumpkins!
YOU'LL NEED: • Small to medium-sized pumpkins • Exacto knife • Black paint • Black branches • Paint brushesContact paper • Yellow tacks • White paper
1. Paint a group of pumpkins and a bunch of small branches black.
2. Cut small holes in the sides of the pumpkins and insert the branches to make legs.
3. Push in yellow map tacks for eyes and then glue on triangular pieces of white paper for fangs.
So simple, anyone can do it! Using black and white craft paint and a ½" paint brush, paint stripes on pumpkins following the natural ribs as a guide.
No paint required for this easy-to-follow craft.
YOU'LL NEED • 8 pipe cleaners • Toothpick • Small, round pumpkin • Scissors • Black paper • Craft glue
1. Bend 8 pipe cleaners in half to form spider legs, then bend a tiny foot onto an end.
2. Using toothpick, poke 4 holes into each side for legs.
3. Push a pipe cleaner into each hole.
4. Cut eyes and mouth out of black paper and glue to pumpkin.
Cast a spell on trick-or-treaters with this witchy pumpkin.
YOU'LL NEED • Exacto blade • Gourd with a long neck • Mini gourds with necks • Pumpkin with a stem • Craft glue • Raffia • Pipe cleaners • Witch's hat
1. Cut 2 holes into gourd for eyes and push mini gourds into holes.
2. Cut another hole on bottom and fit pumpkin stem into hole.
3. Glue on raffia for hair.
4. Shape a mouth and buttons from pipe cleaners and glue on. Place hat on top.
Make this ghost as scary or friendly as you want!
YOU'LL NEED • Exacto blade • Pointed-top gourd • 2 oblong pumpkins • White spray paint • Toothpicks • Cheesecloth
1. Carve a mouth and eyes into gourd.
2. Hollow out and carve "boo" into one pumpkin.
4. Spray gourds and pumpkins white; let dry.
5. Assemble pieces like a snowman, using toothpicks to hold them in place. Drape with cheesecloth.
Toothpicks are the key to this puuur-fect pumpkin.
YOU'LL NEED • Exacto blade • Pumpkin (with a stem) • Black sheet foam • Black and orange spray paint • Toothpicks
1. Carve eyes and mouth; trim stem if necessary.
2. Cut slots for ears.
3. Cut ears from foam and slide them into slots.
4. Spray pumpkin black.
5. Paint toothpicks orange and poke into pumpkin as whiskers.
No one will be able to resist this sweet sorcerer’s spells. Use her as a doorstop during the bewitching hours of trick-or-treat.
See instructions: Witch Pumpkin
We use Funkins and contact paper in this reusuable craft so you can use our adorable gingham pumpkins to usher in the bewitching
hour year after year!
See instructions: Country Bumpkin Pumpkins
Evoke the spirit of the season with gold-tone leaf designs and sparkling lit branches.
See instructions: Gold Pumpkins
Make your pumpkins the cat's meow! Set this pair of fun felines on a windowsill and let them watch over the house.
See instructions: Kitten Pumpkin
Create a pumpkin version of you and your family with this adorable and affordable idea!
See instructions: Pumpkin Family
Create a snowman-like craft using pumpkins and a little paint.
See instructions: Pumpkin with Hat
Set out bloodthirsty pumpkins near drink or snack bowls to give guests a fright.
See instructions: Vampire Pumpkins
Use a variety of buttons to make each pumpkin unique. Display them stacked or solo.
See instructions: Button-Eyed Pumpkins
Transform your pumpkin decorations into creepy spiders!
See instructions: Creepy Spiders
Cut out a variety of eyes and mouths, and let the kids have fun mixing and matching different features.
See instructions: Scary Faces
Give these pumpkins even more personality by adding false eyelashes or furry eyebrows.
See instructions: Peeking Pumpkins
Decorate your house indoors or out with these cute family characters.
See instructions: Acorn Family
Throwing a ghastly shindig? Decorate a side table or porch with fun gourd-topped ghost pumpkin.
See instructions: Ghost pumpkins