6 Cool Pumpkin Crafts For Children And Adults

Six detailed instructions and a lot of ideas for inspiration will help you create carriages, houses, a bouquet, a penguin, and more.

1. How to make a bouquet in a pumpkin

What you need:

  • Pumpkin;
  • floral sponge;
  • crayon;
  • knife;
  • fresh flowers and greenery;
  • pruner.


  1. Attach a floral sponge to the top of the pumpkin and outline the contour with a felt-tip pen.
  2. Soak the sponge. Cut the pumpkin along the contour and remove the top and excess pulp.
  3. Place a wet sponge inside. Prune the tips of flowers and greenery with a pruner so that they are not too long. Start sticking the stems into the sponge.
  4. Assemble the composition by sticking all the flowers and greenery.

The bouquet looks very cute in a small pumpkin. The flowers will have to be cut very short. You can complement a composition with fruits, berries, and autumn leaves.

2. How to make a candle holder or a lamp from a pumpkin

Image courtesy: RealHouseMoms

What you need:

  • Pumpkin;
  • knife;
  • measuring tape;
  • crayon;
  • drill;
  • candles.


  1. Cut off the top of the pumpkin, but do not throw it away. Remove the seeds and excess pulp from the vegetable. Vertically attach the tape to the pumpkin and make marks at a distance of a little more than 1 cm.
  2. Use a thin drill bit to make holes on every second mark.
  3. Use a thicker drill bit to go through the remaining marks. You will get such a drawing:
  4. Repeat the pattern throughout the pumpkin so that small and large holes alternate in horizontal rows. Put the candles inside and cover them with the top.

Children will appreciate the fabulous candle holder with the outline of the fairy Tinker Bell from the cartoon “Peter Pan”:

And here is an incredibly beautiful candle holder in the form of a skull. In case you want to prepare the decor for Halloween.

3. How to make a pumpkin house

Image courtesy: BHG

What do you need:

  • A few thick twigs;
  • pruner, knife, or another cutting device;
  • pumpkin;
  • glue gun;
  • white acrylic paint;
  • thin brush;
  • grey acrylic paint;
  • self-hardening polymer clay;
  • rolling pin;
  • 2 wooden sticks;
  • awl;
  • red acrylic paint;
  • decorative moss;
  • stand;
  • different decor.


  1. Cut the branches: you will need many identical segments and several larger ones.
  2. Glue four branches to the pumpkin so that a window appears. The upper and lower ones should be slightly longer than the side ones.
  3. Make a door out of long sticks. Add the same window on the side as in the previous step.
  4. Paint the windows from the inside with white paint. When it dries, go over the top with a gray shade. Darken the upper part with additional strokes.
  5. Roll out the clay into a thick rectangle according to the size of the door. Stick it inside, remove the excess and make a vertical pattern with a special tool, an ordinary wand, or something else.
  6. Fold several identical short twigs. To fasten them, glue wooden sticks to them. On the one hand, they should have pointed ends so that they can be inserted into the pumpkin. It will be a ladder.
  7. On the backside of the stairs, glue two short twigs vertically the sides. Attach a long stick horizontally from above.
  8. Add a railing on the other side. Make two holes under the door and insert a ladder into them. For reliability, you can smear it with glue.
  9. Draw white curtains with red polka dots in the windows. Decorate them with moss.
  10. Make a small wooden handle on the door. Make two simple fences out of twigs. Glue the pumpkin to the stand, cover it with moss, attach a fence and other decorative elements.

Some other options:
The door and windows can be cut out and the pulp can be removed from the pumpkin. Then you can put something inside.

4. How to make an autumn fairy from a pumpkin

Image courtesy: Smile Mercantile

What you need:

  • 2 white chenille wires;
  • a small pumpkin;
  • glue gun;
  • artificial autumn leaves;
  • markers;
  • cotton or foam ball;
  • thin twigs;
  • acorns are optional.


  1. Twist the ends of the wire so that you get one long wire.
  2. Wrap it around the pumpkin stalk, twist it in front and bend the tips in different directions.
  3. Glue a couple of artificial leaves to the top of the stem.
  4. Draw a face on the ball and glue it to the leaves.
  5. Glue the head with a leaf.
  6. Glue twigs to two leaves. Twist the ends of the wire around the twigs. Instead of leaves, you can glue acorns to them.

5. How to make a penguin out of a pumpkin

Image courtesy: Ann Le

What you need:

  • A small pumpkin;
  • white acrylic paint;
  • wide brush;
  • black spray paint;
  • a very small pumpkin;
  • gold spray paint;
  • glue gun or other strong glue;
  • black openwork fabric;
  • several silver buttons;
  • 2 cotton pads;
  • scissors;
  • shiny gold fabric;
  • black fabric;
  • orange fabric.
  • 6 black chenille wires.


  1. Paint a small part of the pumpkin white and dry it.
  2. Cover the white part with paper and paint the rest of the surface with black paint.
  3. Paint a small pumpkin in gold color. When both pumpkins are dry, glue the small one to the top of the large one. Make a butterfly out of openwork fabric and glue it between them, on the white part. Attach a row of buttons from the bottom.
  4. Glue one gold circle of a smaller diameter to each cotton pad. Attach an even smaller circle of black fabric on top. Glue the resulting eyes on the head, and add a triangular orange beak between them.
  5. Twist one wire into a loop. Screw two more wire loops to it so that you get a figure, as in the photo. The video above shows the whole process. Make another one of the same detail and glue both sides to a large pumpkin.

6. How to make a pumpkin carriage

Image courtesy: Totallyeileen

What you need:

  • Wire;
  • self-hardening polymer clay;
  • PVA glue;
  • water;
  • newspapers or paper;
  • 2 wooden sticks;
  • gold spray paint;
  • glue gun;
  • pumpkin;
  • knife;
  • gold bulk paint;
  • gold ribbon.


  1. Form four wheels from the wire. Two of them should be slightly smaller than the others. In the middle, fix the wire with clay.
  2. Cover the wheels with clay.
  3. Dilute the glue and water in approximately equal proportions. Cover the wheels with paper or newspaper, dipping the sheets in the adhesive mixture.
  4. When the wheels are completely dry, paint them and the sticks in gold color. Glue the sticks to the wheels.
  5. The author uses a white pumpkin. The usual red can be left as it is or painted. Cut off the top of the pumpkin and remove the pulp. Make the windows as shown in the photo. Go around the edges with volumetric paint.
  6. Decorate the pumpkin with ribbons and patterns of volumetric paint. Glue the wheels on the sides.

Some other options:
Wheels can be made from small pumpkins, the pumpkin itself can be painted in blue, gold, or other colors, and the windows and door can be painted. 

About the author: Alicia Burmeister is a lifestyle coach, contributor to, and tutor. She is passionate about making small changes every day to improve the world.


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