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Not your usual Jack-O-Lantern

Crafts Fall Halloween

It's getting close to Halloween and if you are looking for some inspiration for your Jack-O-Lantern, look no further! We've collected some great non-traditional ways to decorate your pumpkin with your kids!

Cookie Cutter Pumpkin
What you need:
  • Pumpkin (scooped and cleaned)
  • Cookie cutters of choice
  • Rubber mallet
  • Sharp paring knife or pumpkin carving knife
How to make it:
  1. Pick one of your cookie cutters and place it on the side of the pumpkin. You can use all kinds of shapes and symbols, or even letters. 
  2. Tap it lightly with the rubber mallet until completely inserted in the pumpkin (the little ones will love helping with this step). 
  3. Using a sharp knife, follow the inside edge of the cookie cutter and cut the shape out of the pumpkin.
  4. Repeat all around the pumpkin, with the same cutter or with different ones, add a candle and you're done!
Chalkboard Pumpkin
What you need:
  • Pumpkin
  • Newspapers
  • Chalkboard spray paint
  • Chalk
How to make it:
  1. Wipe your pumpkin with a damp cloth to remove any dirt.
  2. Place pumpkin on newspapers and spray or paint with chalkboard paint. Let dry and coat a second time. Allow to dry for 24 hours. 
  3. Use chalk to draw designs on your pumpkin!
Thumbtack Pumpkin
What you need:
  • Pumpkin
  • Dry erase marker
  • Thumbtacks
How to make it:
  1. If you want you can paint your pumpkin before starting this project, but a regular pumpkin looks just as great! Use the dry erase marker to trace a design on your pumpkin. If you make a mistake you can just wipe it off and start again. You can draw a letter (family monogram), a number (family address) or any fun Halloween design (ghost shape, spooky face etc.)
  2. Start pushing thumbtacks in your design, following the lines (if they show behind tacks, just wipe it off as you go).
Mummy Pumpkin
What you need:
  • Gauze or strips of cheese cloth
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
How to make it:
  • Start by attaching the start of the gauze with a bit of glue.
  • Wrap the gauze around the pumpkin until completely covered, leaving an opening for the eyes to peek through. 
  • Glue down the end of the gauze to secure.
  • Attach googly eyes with glue.


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