Creative Pumpkin Crafts for Halloween

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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.

Pour Paint Pumpkin

We're obsessed with the pour paint pumpkin trend. A pour paint pumpkin is pretty much exactly how it sounds—a pumpkin with paint poured on it. We're all about how fun and easy this project is! Pick a pretty color scheme of acrylic paints and start pouring. Alternate colors as you pour them over the top of the pumpkin. Feel free to be heavy handed with the paint! Lean and wiggle the pumpkin back and forth to spread the paint out as it drips down.

Dried Flower Pumpkin

Not all Halloween crafts are scary! This stunning pumpkin is decorated with dried flowers for a sophisticated piece of DIY decor. We love how easy it is to match this pumpkin to your existing fall color scheme—just look for dried flowers in matching colors. Use hot glue to attach the flowers, then finish the look by gluing on a dried pumpkin stem. 

DIY Crepe Paper Pumpkins

Make pumpkin decor that lasts for several seasons to come. Use dyed crepe paper and paper that's been stripped of color to create different pumpkin textures, then glue strips to a papier-mâché pumpkin shape. Cover the stems with solid crepe paper and set them out to create your own paper pumpkin patch.

Stick Pumpkin Wall Art

Halloween crafts for kids can become chic and trendy Halloween decor! Join the kids in the backyard to gather sticks of all different sizes, then arrange them in a pumpkin shape on a canvas or wood backing. Start with shorter sticks on the edges and use slightly longer sticks toward the center; use something wide and sturdy to serve as the stem. Once you have planned the shape out perfectly, hot-glue the sticks in place—it's that easy! This chic piece of fall wall art is so easy, you'll want to make a whole patch full of wood stick pumpkins. Plus, you can use any extra gathered sticks as kindling for a cozy fall fire.

Yarn-Wrapped Pumpkins

A stack of yarn-wrapped pumpkins adds a cozy touch to your Halloween decorations. All you have to do is wrap faux (or real) pumpkins in pretty colors of yarn. 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. 

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—you'll be surprised at how long the succulents last.

Tie-On Pumpkin Tag

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

Handmade Unicorn Pumpkin

Add a magical touch to your fall decor. This easy Halloween craft project comes together in just a few simple steps, which makes it the perfect pumpkin craft for kids. Dress up a white faux pumpkin with a faux flower crown and rosy cheeks—Halloween crafts don't get any cuter! 

DIY Pumpkin Wreath

This pretty pumpkin wreath deserves a spot on your front door! It all starts with a plain (and inexpensive) grapevine wreath. Glue on dried flowers—we used dried straw flowers—and finish by gluing on faux mini white pumpkins. This is the easiest fall wreath project ever!

Pumpkin Centerpiece

This gorgeous fall centerpiece idea starts with a plain white pumpkin. If you're using a real pumpkin, cut the top off and scoop it out to form a vase that can hold water. To make it with a faux pumpkin, use a knife to cut the top off the same way. Place a flower vase inside the pumpkin to avoid leaking. Fill the vase with soaked floral foam and finish with cut seasonal flowers and greenery. To get our look, stick to fall colors like orange, red, and cream.

Melted Crayon Pumpkin

Playing with crayons is fun way to create Halloween crafts for kids. Attach a rainbow along the top of a pumpkin using peeled crayon pieces and a hot-glue gun. Give your blow dryer a break from the bathroom, and use it to melt the crayons down the pumpkin. If you have one, a craft heat tool instead of a hairdryer will accelerate the process. As you heat the crayons, wiggle the pumpkin to and fro to make sure the crayon wax spreads across the top of pumpkin and runs down prettily. If you're making this project with the kids, let them hold the hairdryer while you do the wiggling.

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...and a power tool! Display this Halloween pumpkin craft with simple metallic pumpkins for a stunning fall display. 

Mood Ring Pumpkin

This Halloween pumpkin decoration is pretty with a splash of science! Thermal paint, painted over a layer of Halloween black, reacts with heat to create changing colors on the surface of your Halloween pumpkin craft. The color scheme of this pumpkin changes every time it's in new hands. Halloween decor has never been so moody...or cool!

Halloween Paper Pumpkins

If big and bold doesn't particularly match this year's Halloween decor, create sweet paper pumpkins in different hues to coordinate with the rest of the fall decor. Or better yet, get the kiddos involved—this easy-breezy Halloween craft is great for kids. This DIY pumpkin craft is so simple, it can be put together in minutes starting with strips of scrapbook paper. Cut 1-inch strips of paper, form the strips into a circle starting with one set of criss-crossing strips. Attach using a brad at both the top and the bottom. Cut out a couple of leaves for the top of each pumpkin. 

DIY Pumpkin Game

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

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. First 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. 

Papier-Mâché Pumpkins

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

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.

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."

Jack-O'-Lantern Piñata

Make it a real Halloween party with this handmade pumpkin piñata. Start this Halloween project 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. P.S. Don't forget to tuck treats inside!

Pumpkin Place Card

This grinning jack-o'-lantern is a DIY Halloween project with an important function—holding place cards on the 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 piece of 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.

Pumpkin Punch Bowl

We're carving a pumpkin, sure, but this is no jack-o'-lantern. This Halloween pumpkin decoration is seasonal and on theme, plus every party needs a punch bowl! This pumpkin craft belongs at any Halloween or fall party. Just like with a pumpkin lantern, this party table centerpiece starts with a perfect gourd. Choose a pumpkin that is wide enough for a ladle to fit into, deep enough to hold a party's worth of punch, yet not so deep that the ladle can't reach the bottom. Then, cut the top of the pumpkin. Make sure your hole is large enough to to fit a ladle in and out. Once the pumpkin is cut, clean out the seeds and "guts" as thoroughly as possible; you don't want your guests ladling up any stringy floaters.

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