Last Updated 1/22/23
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Tricks - Fake Bakes
Looks good enough to eat but I wouldn't recommend it.
Treats - Things you can actually Eat
AND Ideas to collect and store your goodies
Wooden Pumpkin Decorating Contest
A fun idea for work, school, parties or groups, is a pumpkin decorating contest. Decorating small wooden pumpkins is easy, no matter what their age or craft level. AND a whole lot less messy then decorating real pumpkins. Small wooden pumpkins can be found at Dollar Tree or any craft store. You can provide paint and embellishments or let the participants take them home to decorate and bring them back. Vote for the favorites.
Add a Face
Add a Embellishments
Make It Personal
Make It FUN !!!
DT Wall Hanging Felt Pumpkin Makeover
I seen on my FB feed an idea of taking a pumpkin and writing on it something that you are grateful or thankful for everyday from now til Halloween. Obviously the author of the post AND ME think the world would be a better place if we were thankful/grateful more then just on Thanksgiving. I kind of took that idea and ran with it in a crafty way. "It's The Great-Ful Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" Show gratitude even if you get ROCKS !!!
I started with a Dollar Tree foam pumpkin, painted it to tone down the color. (Why are they in your face orange ?)
Charlie Brown is a pill bottle I glued 1/2 a styrofoam sphere to the top, so when I place the Sheet (Felt) over him it would be rounded. I glue felt to the bottle and added Gnome Shoes (See The Sock Gnome Page) You don't need the shoes !! I then just glue white felt over him for the sheet and added some black felt dots
The sign is a DT chalkboard I wrote on with a paint pen. The rocks were from when I went Trick or Treating last year :D
It's the Great-Ful Pumpkin Charlie Brown
Glue some felt/material to the edge of the back of your pumpkin. Leave the center so you can stuff it with polyfill. Leave the bottom open so you can add the legs.
Glue dowel to the inside of your pumpkins where you want the legs
I rolled and glued some purple felt into a tube. I made the tubes bigger then the dowel so I could scrunch them up. Put them around the dowel and glue to the inside of the pumpkin.
Stuff the pumpkin lightly and glue closed.
The shoes are the Gnome Boots I made bigger. The pattern and directions can be found on the Sock Gnome Page. (Your going to need to enlarge them.)
Insert and glue the legs into the boots
Add ribbons and embellishments and your done.
Cricut Pumpkin Boxes
Pumpkin Box SVG File
Pumpkin Box Instructions PDF File
These cute Pumpkin Boxes are great party favors, Halloween decorations or for your special little Tricksters.
DT Paper Clip Holder Pumpkin
This one is quick, easy and really cute
Paint 2 Dollar Tree Paper Clip Holders orange
Tie then together with twine or wire, so they will open
Add accents, (stem, leaves, twine)
Add a Electric Candle (You can accent too)
Buffalo Plaid Wooden Pumpkin
The wooden pumpkin I found at Dollar Tree, I sanded off the glitter and painted it with white chalk paint.
The Buffalo Plaid Pumpkin is vinyl I cut on the Cricut. SVG available here. I added a bow and embellishishments
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With a Pumpkin Theme it's easy to transform your decorations from Halloween to Thanksgiving. I can just remove the ghosts and I'm ready for Thanksgiving.
With the exception of the DT Plaid Pumpkins everything here has a tutorial on this site.
Burlap Light Up Pumpkin
This was a Dollar Tree find.
Originally is was a somewhat tacky light up foam pumpkin covered in orange glitter. I painted it with a burlap colored paint so the orange would not show through AND it sealed the glitter so it wasn't EVERYWHERE. Then I simply glued burlap to it and added some twine, green burlap leaves and floral tape covered wire.
Slice a small wedge from a 4"-5" slice of a pool noodle
Wrap with Jute, Twine, Rope. Keep in mind the sturdier your twine the better it will hold up
This twine was pretty thick so I wrap it around 25 times. Place a wire through the center of the pool noodle
Bring the wire up through the slice you cut and tie off the twine as tight as you can
Slide the Twine off the pool noodle
Repeat 4 more times for a total of 5
Use a glue gun to glue the 5 pieces together to form a circle.
Glue the circle closed
Add a stick/cork something for a stem. I used burlap for leaves but silk flower leaves would work also
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Step by Step Instructions
Not all my crafts turn out exactly how I want them to. I tried the pool noodle technique with yarn it was a FLOP. The yarn was not stiff enough to hold up.
Floppy Yarn Pumpkin
Cut a styrofoam ball at about the 3/4 spot
Place on the Floppy Yarn
Bring the yarn up and glue to the bottom of the styro foam. so the yarn is tight around the sphere
I used apiece of black felt to not only finish off the bottom but it helped to secure the yarn the glue did not hold.
Flip the Pumpkin over and add a stem and leaves
How I fixed it
For this one I just sewed a running stitch around a circular piece of fabric. Placed polyfill on top of it, pulled it tight and tied it off.
These were made with a styrofoam ball and pieces of fabric. I will try to get Step by Step Instructions soon
Glass Jar Pumpkin
Simply paint a glass jar or mason jar orange, (I use spaghetti sauce jars a lot) paint the lid green and add some decorations
Glass Pumpkin Candle Holders
Simply paint a glass wine glasses and decorate
Wooden Cube Pumpkin
Pumpkin SVG and PNG Files
Soak your pumpkins in bleach after carving to prevent them from molding and they will last longer. 1 teaspoon bleach for every 1 gallon of water into a larger container and stick your pumpkin inside. Let them soak for 20-30 minutes and pull out and allow to air dry.
After it's dry spraying the cut surfaces with hairspray can also slow down the decaying process.
Basic Pumpkin Carving
Pumpkins Carved Clean Through
Cutting holes all the way through a pumpkin's skin.
Add some narrow cuts all the way through and your pumpkin can be more Creepy
Click on Patterns for Free PDF Files
Transferring an Image on to a Pumpkin
Pin your image onto the pumpkin. Cut slits in the pattern paper to allow it to curve with the shape of the pumpkin. Place the pins on the part of the pattern you will be cutting out.
Use a pumpkin poking tool, nail, toothpick. etc. to poke small holes through the paper, tracing the lines of the pattern.
Remove the image when finished and dust some baby powder or cornstarch over the area so the holes will be more apparent.
Wipe Off Excess and your now ready to start carving
Turn Up The Heat
Place a roll of toilet paper inside your pumpkin. . Soak it with kerosene, throw in a match and STAND BACK !!!!
Adult Assistance Required but the Kids Love this. We set it on a concrete driveway up away from the trick or treaters and placed a piece of plywood underneath it so it wouldn't singe the concrete. Burns for a couple of hours.
More Pumpkins Carved Clean Through
Using the same basic techniques your possibilities are endless
Hanging Bat Pumpkin
Keep in mind when drawing or picking out your pattern that you need enough spots attached to the pumpkin so it's still secure. In the case of this bat. The wings and the ears are not carved all the way around, otherwise your just going to have a circle when you are done
Teddy Bear Pumpkin
is a JPG file
Fairy dust holes were done with a drill
Vampire Mickey Mouse Pumpkin
Gooey Pumpkin Monster
I cut the lid off the pumpkin and added felt facial features. I glued them to pipe cleaners and poked them in the "goo."
Milk Jug Pumpkin
This one is super easy. Simply cut a mouth out of a mug jug, paint it orange and add eyes and teeth. The stem is a toilet paper roll with some green pipe cleaners and a couple of felt leaves
Rather than cutting holes all the way through a pumpkin's skin, some people remove layers of the skin to create designs. The deeper you carve the lighter the effect. Just take off the "skin" and it will be darker in those areas.
HINT: When possible leave the pieces that are cut clean through in place until after you've done your layering. This will give the pumpkin more security while you are layering.
With Practice and PATIENCE you can transfer and carve any image
Light Em Up
Waterproof LED Light
I found this at Five Below. So many uses, safely light up your pumpkins, no flames and brighter then your electronic candles. Amazon Link is same product, different company, same price.
Transforms a Simple Milk Jug into a
Ghost .... Pumpkin .... Monster
AND it is totally SUBMERSIBLE.
Even after Halloween,
this is a crafter's, party planner's must have.
The potentials are endless
1980's - Animals - Barbeques - Cake Boss - Camping and Scouts - Chocolate - Dinosaurs - Disney - Disney Stories - Dr Seuss - Dr Who - Dragons and Wizards - Emojis - Fairies - FALL for Thanksgiving - Farms - Gaming - Gnomes - Hispanic Fiestas - Ice Cream Socials - Movies and TV - Animated Movies - Kid's TV - Music - Paw Patrol - Pirates - Planes, Trains & Cars - Pokemon - Princesses - RoBlox and Minecraft - Sesame St and The Muppets - Sports - Spring and Gardens - Star Wars - Steampunk - Summer and Beaches - Superheroes - Transformers - Under the Sea - Unicorns and Rainbows