Halloween Pumpkin Art!

Who doesn’t love Halloween?  It brings out the kid in all of us….pumpkins to carve, houses to decorate, costumes to make and candy to eat!  If you’re looking for some fun pumpkin crafts, here are a few:

A Paper Plate Jack-O-Lantern is really easy to make and is a great decoration for your door or window. Make several with different faces and hang all over the entrance to greet trick or treaters!

What you’ll need:

  • Mini paper plate
  • Orange acrylic craft paint
  • Yellow craft foam
  • Green craft foam
  • Brown craft foam
  • Scissors
  • Glue

How to make it:

  1. Place the paper plate upside down on your work surface and paint it orange. Set aside to dry and repeat with a second coat if needed.
  2. Cut out facial shapes (triangles for eyes and a mouth with a few missing teeth) and glue to the plate.
  3. Use scissors to trim the plate into a pumpkin-like shape. Do this by cutting a dip in the top where the stem would be and trim the bottom to flatten it a bit.
  4. Cut two simple oval-shaped leaves from green craft foam and glue to back of the plate at the top of the pumpkin.
  5. Cut a simple rectangular stem from brown craft foam and glue to the back of the plate, between the leaves.

Pumpkin Block Heads are a creative and unusual craft to make use of odd pieces of wood scraps. Kids will enjoy coloring and painting the pumpkin faces for Halloween.

What you’ll need:

  • Block of wood in any shape
  • Sanding foam block
  • Rag
  • Craft paint in orange, black, and white (additional colors optional)
  • Paintbrush
  • Ribbon
  • Raffia
  • Nail
  • Hammer

How to make it:

  1. Choose a block of wood that is around your home. If you don’t have any, ask at a local lumberyard or building supply store for a scrap end.
  2. Sand the block to remove sharp ends or splinters. Dust off with damp rag.
  3. Paint the block orange, et dry, then paint on facial details.
  4. Let dry.
  5. Hammer in a nail, leaving the head about a half an inch to an inch above the wood surface.
  6. Tie the raffia around the nail.
  7. Tie the ribbon around the nail.
  8. Make several for a great fireplace decoration, or to sit in your window. Enjoy.
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