Creative Pumpkin Crafts for Halloween

Colorful Paper Pumpkins
From paper pumpkin crafts to pumpkin pillows, these Halloween decorations offer a great alternative to jack-o-lanterns. Cut, sew, and glue your way through our easy pumpkin craft ideas.

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. Simply cut an oval shape in the front of an artificial pumpkin. Fill with sand and cover with moss. Decorate it with card stock houses and trees. Add small decorative items like tiny pumpkins and tombstones to finish this eerie DIY terrarium. 

Tie-On Pumpkin Tag

Wish someone a happy fall with a sweet note tied to a tiny pumpkin. This adorable pumpkin gift makes an adorable 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. 

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! 

DIY Pumpkin Game

Transform a plain orange tray into a fun DIY Halloween party game! Simply use black washi tape to add a fun 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! 

Papier-Mache Pumpkins

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.

Dried Flower Pumpkin

Not all Halloween crafts are scary! This stunning pumpkin is decorated with dried flowers for a sophisticated piece of DIY decor. Finish the look by gluing on a dried pumpkin stem. 

Yarn-Wrapped Pumpkins

A stack of yarn-wrapped pumpkins adds a cozy touch to your Halloween decorations. 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. 

Handmade Unicorn Pumpkin

Add a magical touch to your fall decor. This easy Halloween craft projects comes together in just a few simple steps and is perfect for making with kids. Dress up your unicorn pumpkin with a faux flower crown and rosy cheeks—Halloween crafts don't get any cuter! 

Pumpkin Lanterns

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

DIY Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece

Set the table with a DIY fall centerpiece that will last throughout the holiday season. Colorful mini succulents add a rustic touch to your fall table decorations. We'll show you how to make it and give our best succulent care tips. 

Pumpkin Serving Bowl

Create a creepy spider serving bowl with a couple 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 spiderweb. Add a smaller smiling jack-o-lantern and finish with black glitter garland "legs".

Pumpkin Centerpiece

This gorgeous fall centerpiece idea starts with a plain white pumpkin! Cut the top off and scoop it out. Fill it with soaked floral foam and finish with cut seasonal flowers and greery. Stick to fall colors like orange, red, and cream.

DIY Pumpkin Wreath

This pretty pumpkin wreath deserves a spot on your front door! It all starts with a plain grapevine wreath. Glue on dried flowers (we used dried straw flowers). Finish by gluing on faux mini white pumpkins and your handmade wreath is done! 

Jack-O-Lantern Pinata

Make it a real Halloween party with this handmade pumpkin pinata. Start 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 card stock face.  

Glowing Constellation Pumpkin

This easy Halloween pumpkin craft showcases the beauty of the night sky. Create a glowing constellation and stars with a few simple painting techniques. Display this drilled pumpkin with simple metallic pumpkins for a simple yet stunning fall display. 

Pumpkin Place Card

This grinning jack-o-lantern 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.

Halloween Paper Pumpkins

Orange pumpkins are great but these multi-hued paper pumkpins mix and match with your decor. This easy halloween craft can be put together in minutes starting with strips of scrapbook paper. Cut 1-inch strips of patterned paper, form the strips into a circle as shown, and attach using a brad at both the top and the bottom. Paint a wine cork the same color as the pumpkin and hot-glue the cork to the top for the pumpkin's stem. Embellish with ribbon and jewels for some stylish pumpkin decoration.

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