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5 Fun Ways to Decorate your Pumpkins

Crafts

This Halloween, dress up a plain pumpkin with foam stickers you and your kids can DIY! Just follow our easy, three-step directions to make any of these five clever creatures—we’ve even included bonus tips for each one—or come up with ideas of your very own!

Instructions

  • Before you begin, cover your work surface with a disposable tablecloth.

  • Use self-adhesive craft foam to make the stickers. Draw the shapes you’ll need on the paper side of the craft foam and carefully cut them out.

  • Remove the paper backing and stick the shapes to a clean, dry pumpkin. If a piece doesn’t stick well, use craft glue to keep it in place. You can also make stickers from non-adhesive craft foam and attach them with craft glue.
Bat

Bat

You will need:

  • a small decorative pumpkin
  • white craft foam
  • purple glitter craft foam
  • scissors
  • a black waterproof marker
  • craft glue

Tips & tricks:

  • If craft foam eyes are too small to handle easily, use the black marker to draw eyes, instead.
  • Attach the wings to the pumpkin using craft glue. Let dry before handling.
Cat

Cat

You will need:

  • a small pumpkin
  • black craft foam
  • yellow craft foam
  • pink craft foam
  • scissors
  • craft glue

Tips & tricks:

  • Attach the cat’s tail using craft glue. Let dry.
Ghost

Ghost

You will need:

  • a white pumpkin
  • glitter craft foam (we used purple)
  • light and dark purple craft foam
  • white craft foam
  • black craft foam
  • scissors

Tips & tricks:

  • To make circles, trace around objects such as cups, lids, or coins.
Monster

Monster

You will need:

  • a medium-sized pumpkin
  • a monster wig from a craft or discount store
  • green craft foam
  • yellow craft foam
  • black craft foam
  • glitter craft foam in red, purple, or green
  • scissors
  • a black waterproof marker

Tips & tricks:

  • Cut a big black half-circle first, then snip the eyelashes along one side.
Witch

Witch

You will need:

  • a medium-sized pumpkin
  • crinkled paper
  • green non-toxic craft paint
  • a paintbrush
  • a witch’s hat
  • black craft foam
  • pink craft foam
  • pink glitter craft foam
  • scissors
  • double-stick tape

Tips & tricks:

  • Paint the pumpkin and let dry completely. Add second coat, and while it dries, prepare your stickers.
  • Attach crinkled paper with double-stick tape.
  • For the eyes, cut a big black circle first, then snip the eyelashes along one side.

Adapted from American Girl magazine, September/October 2013.
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