Is there anything more quintessentially “autumn” than pumpkins!? We think not! Pumpkins are an indication that the seasons are changing and that fall has arrived. With this list of the top 15 pumpkin craft ideas, you’ll be creating your own little harvest masterpieces in no time. From classic and spooky to light and ethereal, we love paying tribute to these round little gourds! After making you a beautiful farmhouse wreath for fall, make a couple pumpkin crafts!
To get started, let’s go over some fun pumpkin facts!
History of Pumpkins
For an extensive history of the pumpkin: from its origination and cultivation in Central America, to its travels across Europe, to its usage by the Puritans, and now to its association with Halloween – and Jack O’Lanterns – check out this great post from ManyEats!
Where Pumpkins Are Found
Did you know that pumpkins are grown on every continent besides Antarctica? Now you do! The world’s top producers, though, are the United States, Mexico, China, India, Ukraine, and Egypt.
Why do we carve pumpkins at Halloween?
The story of carving pumpkins goes over to Ireland. They started carving demonic faces out of turnips to frighten away Jack’s wandering soul. When some Irish immigrants moved to the United States, they started carving jack-o’-lanterns from pumpkins since they were native to the region.
Add a little shine to your seasonal gourds this fall with some silvery upholstery tacks. Best part about this? It can be done to pumpkins pre- AND post-Halloween. They look great no matter if it’s October or November!
If you’re a big DIY-er in the home improvement world (or if you’re just looking to put some extra 4x4’s to use), this project is for you! These wooden pumpkins can be made in any length (the more varied, the better, if you ask us!). Paint them a happy orange color and top them with a green wooden drawer-pull, and you’ve got yourself a unique set of front porch decorations that will celebrate the season as well as your creativity!
This is a craft and a game all rolled into one! You’ll need some leftover orange easter eggs and a green tee shirt. Follow the instructions and then set your kids free in the backyard to see how many pumpkins they can “catch”. It’s a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the crisp autumn air!
These steampunk pumpkins tick all the boxes for a must-make craft this fall. They are funky, funny, and just a little bit far-out! Let your imagination run wild with the accessories on these. There are no rules!
Wondering what to do with oddly shaped pumpkins and gourds? Create an entire zoo with this tutorial for several different animal pumpkins! The peacock is fancy with its elegant feathers, the lamb is darling with its soft cotton ball “fleece”, and the jellyfish is unique with its curly-cue ribbon tentacles!
Your kids will go ga-ga over this tutorial for pumpkin volcanoes! Who could resist!? Using simple ingredients like dish soap, white vinegar, and baking soda, your kids can create their own little “pumpkin eruptions” while simultaneously learning about chemical reactions. Win-win
Looking to upcycle those old books you’ve been holding onto? What better way than to turn them into festive fall pumpkin decor! Just follow the step by step video tutorial to create some beautiful, old-world pumpkins that have a whimsical, homespun feel.
Talk about fast, easy, and absolutely adorable! This pumpkin “wreath” is the perfect way to show off your creativity this season. You could make it dark and spooky, fun and silly, or chic and sophisticated. The possibilities are endless!
This tutorial for a pumpkin geoboard will inspire your inner designer in no time. We love the spiderweb with the adorable little rock “spider”, but you can make your own spooky arrangement or jack-o-lantern face, too!
Do you have a beautiful autumn bouquet that you’d like to showcase? Place those blooms in a fun DIY pumpkin vase! Alternatively, you could create a spooky/creepy version of this with a bouquet of darker blooms and twigs to give it a more “haunted” vibe.
This is an easy and fun kid-friendly craft! Using paint and some Q-tips, your little ghouls and goblins can create their own pumpkin art on paper for everyone to see. All jack-o-lantern faces are acceptable!
If you’re looking for pumpkins with a little more elegance and sophistication, look no further than these gold leaf painted gourds. They are rustic and simple, but oh-so-classy. They’ll definitely give your indoor space a touch of refinement.
We know you’re just dying to get started creating a fun pumpkin craft in your home! We hope that this list has given you some inspiration to get festive with your fall decor as well as get crafty with your little trick-or-treaters this fall. Happy Autumn!!
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