Whether you bought your pumpkins at a grocery store, garden centre, or stomped through the mud at a local pumpkin patch we’ve got loads of fun ideas for what to do with your lovely orange squash.
Pumpkins are the quintessential fall and Hallowe’en decoration. Some of my best childhood memories are of my sister and I on the hunt for the perfect pumpkin then making a huge mess in the kitchen while we carved our faces and Mom baked the seeds.
Pumpkins are firstly a food source loaded with all kinds of goodies such as fibre, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, all while being low in calories. Canned pumpkin is a great option for convenience, but of course fresh and organic is best. The seeds can be scooped out and roasted with an endless combination of spices. My favourite is chilli lime. The flesh can be roasted until soft then used for pies, muffins, cookies AND can be dehydrated into all kinds of pumpkin spice fruit roll up deliciousness. Another unsuspected use of pumpkin is to relieve constipation in our four legged friends (and let’s be honest, us too). When you scoop out your pumpkins just save all the fibrous goodness to freeze for future use.
Pumpkins are a great focal point for any centre pieces. Here is a quick tutorial on using pumpkins as vases or planters.
- Cut the top off the pumpkin and clean out as if you were carving a pumpkin
- Place a reusable or recyclable container and fit it inside the cavity
- Fill the pot with soil
- Plant your favourite seasonal flowers
Fresh floral arrangements typically use floral foam or oasis. These products are made with environment damaging ingredients. Stay tuned for a DIY Holiday Flower Arrangement post where Roberta will demonstrate greener alternatives.
If you have younger children and still want to decorate pumpkins water based paint is a great option. You could even wash the paint off after the holiday then bake the pumpkin. For older children carving spooky and silly faces is always great fun. Sites such as Pinterest can give you lots of ideas and templates. Or if you prefer a more sophisticated and cohesive décor paint the pumpkins solid colours and arrange how you see fit. I’ve seen some very classy table displays done with only painted pumpkins and leaves.
We’d love to hear about your favourite pumpkin crafts, comment below!