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DIY Homemade Pumpkin Halloween Decorations
You start seeing them first in the grocery stores (at least we do here in Florida!) and it's the first sign that maybe the crazy heat and humidity will be disipating soon and just maybe it'll cool off for a couple of weeks. Pumpkins. Nothing says Halloween and the beginning of the fall season like pumpkins.
If you're looking for some creative ideas to decorate your home with pumpkins this year, or you need Halloween party ideas, here are a few suggestions.
So think outside the gourd this year and turn everything into a pumpkin, a favorite Halloween icon. Check out the ideas below and then come back and click here to see more homemade Halloween decor.
These cute little pumpkins are so easy to make and kids can help, too. Here's what you'll need:
- empty small water bottles (the ones that are round would of course be best)
- orange soda or food coloring to make orange water
- black contact paper (I used black duct tape)
- green electrical tape (I used green duct tape)
- scissors and/or xacto knife
To make, simply cut out shapes for the faces from the black tape or contact paper and stick onto the water bottle. Cut green tape into strips and cover bottle caps (this is the part that you can let the kids do if you've got kids helping you.) Fill bottles with orange soda, cover with green cap and display - or - fill bottles with water and use food coloring to make the water orange (we used 5 drops of yellow and one drop of red), and then top with the green cap.
If you can't find black contact paper (I couldn't) and want to use black duct tape as I did, here's what I did: I tore large piece of wax paper off the roll and placed it on top of my cutting mat (if you don't have one you can use cardboard or a magazine to protect your cutting surface). I then cut a long strip of duct tape and placed it sticky-side down on the wax paper and used the xacto knife to free-hand cut the desired shapes. I used the tip of the blade to pick each piece up. The wax paper will be stuck to the back side so I used the xacto blade again to peel up the corner of the wax paper to remove it from the back of the tape and then stuck the face shapes onto the bottles.
I love how these turned out! We made 6 of them and placed them in a couple different spots in the house; the ones pictures here are on my kitchen windowsill.
Frosty the Pumpkin
Make this delightful mini carrot cake topped with homemade orange glaze for your Halloween party. This recipe should yield 6 pumpkins.
You'll need an 18-ounce box of carrot cake mix, a mini pumpkin muffin pan (see Nordicware's great mini pumpkin muffin pan to the right), 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 4 teaspoons milk and a drop or two of orange food coloring. You'll also need white nonpareils and green spice drops.
Prepare the carrot cake mix according to the package directions. Coat the muffin pan with vegetable oil and then put slightly more than 1/4 cup batter each muffin section and bake for 18 minutes. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove them and let them cool completely.
Wash the pan off and repeat with the remaining batter.
Stack two cakes together, trimming as necessary to get them to stack flat.
To make the frosting, mix 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 4 teaspoons milk, and 1-2 drops orange food coloring together. Use a spoon and pour the frosting over each cake.
Decorate each cake with the nonpareils and place a green spice drop on top for a stem.
Easy Pumpkin Topiary
What you'll need:
- orange tulle
- black felt (can use the adhesive-backed kind)
- piece of bark, about 3" x 1"
- topiary form (single round topiary) in pot (preferably black)
To make it, gently wrap the orange tulle around the topiary top until it is completely covered. Cut the end of the tulle and tuck the end under a lower layer to secure it. Cut eyes, nose, and mouth from the black felt and stick or glue it to the front of the topiary.
Cut a small slit in the top of the topiary and insert the piece of bark to be the pumpkin's stem.
Trick your kids into eating these Halloween healthy nibbles that are made of rice and vegetables.
Cook one cup of short-grain white rice according to the package instructions, substituting 1/4 cup of the required water with carrot juice (you could also use diluted carrot baby food.) Let the rice cool, then shape into about 16 balls (it helps prvent sticking if you wet your hands first.) Push green pepper pieces into the tops for the stems.