Creative Pumpkin Crafts for Halloween

Who says jack-o'-lanterns are the only pumpkin stars? These pumpkin-theme crafts will beg to differ. Cut, sew, glue, and pound your way through these Halloween pumpkin crafts.


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Jack-'o-Lantern Place Card Holder

    This grinning pumpkin holds place cards for a Halloween table. To make, roll a piece of aluminum foil into a golf ball-size sphere and cover with a thin layer of polymer clay. Form the pumpkin stem and leaf from smaller pieces of clay; add details to the stem, leaf, and pumpkin with a clay tool. Draw the pumpkin's face with the clay tool, using a Sharpie cap to form the eyes. Bend a 5-inch 18-gauge wire into a coiled place card clip and insert into top of stem. Bake the pumpkin according to the package directions. Paint the pumpkin with acrylic paint. Finish with an equal parts mixture of brown paint and water; wipe clean with a paper towel.

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Pumpkin Treat Holders

    Paint a stemmed bell cup (available at crafts stores) orange; let dry. Use a permanent marker to draw a jack-o'-lantern face on the painted bell cup. Stack large wooden beads to make a pedestal, ending with a round flat bead for the base. Paint beads as desired; let dry. To adhere the beads, dot around the edges of the holes with glue (avoid getting glue in the holes). Press the beads together, aligning the holes. Thread the stem of the bell cup through the beads. Squeeze glue into the top bead hole; let dry. Flip over the cup and fill the bottom bead hole with glue; let dry.

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Pretty Pumpkins Tablecloth

    Black pumpkin silhouettes on a creamy white tablecloth bring an elegant touch to a Halloween table.

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Grinning Pumpkins

    Silly-face pumpkin pincushions are sure to elicit smiles from any sewer. They also can be used as decorations -- whip up a whole patch of these goofy guys and display in a basket for Halloween.

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Smiling Pumpkin Portrait

    No need to be a Monet or Van Gogh to paint this fun pumpkin picture. Just rely on the paint-by-numbers technique you learned as a kid. Our directions and free pattern will be your guide to painting this Halloween masterpiece.

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Fall Pumpkin Decorative Pillow

    This pumpkin-shape pillow isn't just for Halloween. Its applique message declares the approaching Thanksgiving season as well.

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Papier-Mache Pumpkin Trio

    Look again, these jack-o'-lanterns weren't picked from the pumpkin patch. These guys are actually papier-mache pumpkins crafted from orange tissue paper. With three face patterns to choose from, you can make a whole family of Halloween gourds.

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Pumpkin Garland

    Take a step back in time with a vintage-inspired garland. Search the Internet for free vintage Halloween clip art. Print your favorite images on cardstock, cut out, punch a hole on each side, and string together with orange ribbon. Hang the garland on your fireplace mantel, inside a window, or along the edge of a table as shown here. (PS: Our table is covered with a length of sheer black Halloween fabric over an inexpensive white plastic tablecloth.)

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Shining Pumpkin Star

    Venture into metal crafts with this easy pumpkin wall hanging. Without a jack-o'-lantern face, this copper pumpkin can provide decor throughout autumn -- from September to Halloween to Thanksgiving

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Pumpkin Night-Light

    Tin cans destined for the recycle bin get reused as Halloween luminarias. Make a bunch of these holiday lights and display outside to illuminate the way for trick-or-treaters.

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Pumpkin Party Tub

    Create a fun container in any size to use as a planter, centerpiece, or beverage holder.

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Pumpkin Candy Bag

    Send your trick-or-treaters out in style. This fun pumpkin bag will come back home filled with all kinds of Halloween loot.

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