For Halloween, Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer of JunkMarket turned bumpkin pumpkins into junk-o'-lantern masterpieces.
In lieu of carving (and scooping out all those slimy seeds), make scary, funny, or goofy faces out of junk. Any extra piece of hardware can be used to make an entire junk pumpkin family, including wing nuts, garden fencing, rubber feet, window latches, curtain ties, and drawer pulls.
Dig through your junk drawer for any leftover tacks, hinges, or springs with smooth edges to protect little ones' hands. When you're finished nailing on the junk, don't keep the pumpkins out in the sun too long. And if the puncture holes get a little loose, slip in a piece of scrap wood or a toothpick to tighten them up.
Every little princess will love playing fairy godmother. Instead of a magic wand, "Give your kids a table, some munchies, lots of junk, and let them go. Just like Mr. Potato Head, there's no right or wrong with these masterpieces," say Sue and Ki.
For this project, Sue and Ki used corn planters for the wheels, a soap dish for the driver's seat, a drawer pull for the door, and a sink drain for the window. The little mice are mini pumpkins with upholstery-tack noses, wire whiskers, and nail feet.
With a drainpipe mouth and caster ears, and two eyes made out of brackets, this pumpkin is transformed into the belle (beau?) of the Halloween ball.