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Pumpkin Dioramas Are Halloween’s Most Creative Trend

Glitter pumpkins. Painted pumpkins. Glow-in-the-dark pumpkins. Been there, stenciled that. If you think you’ve seen just about every way to bring creativity to Halloween, then you are in for a surprise.

Pumpkin dioramas are the new way to take pumpkin art to the next level. Yes, art! How else could you describe something so epic?

The best part about this breath-taking trend is that it’s actually pretty simple! Forget painstakingly carving vampire teeth onto a pumpkin, or sweating up a storm as you try to lay a stencil on perfectly straight. No, with pumpkin dioramas, anything goes!

It’s safe for the little ones to be hands-on, so you don’t have to worry about them grabbing onto the sharp edges of the pumpkin cutter. Plus you don’t have to worry about cleaning up the mess, as these dioramas are made with plastic or foam pumpkins!

Check out this cool example from Eat, Knit and DIY:

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Seriously, how amazing is this? Your kids might not even want to go trick-or-treating when they have this creation to gaze at in awe.

How about this pumpkin diorama from Lone Girl in a Crowd?

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Lone Girl in a Crowd

Well, who are we kidding!? Your kids are definitely not going to want to miss out on the candy. But they will also love being part of this craft.

Here is how to get started:

1. Pick out an appropriately sized artificial pumpkin. Get one that is wide—you are going to be using it as your ‘stage,’ so you don’t want to limit yourself with too narrow of a space. Art of Doing Stuff recommends you use a serrated pumpkin-carving knife to cut a large hole in one side of the pumpkin, but you may need to experiment (carefully!) with a sharper blade like an X-ACTO knife if the pumpkin carver doesn’t do the trick.

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The Art of Doing Stuff

2. Do you want to paint your pumpkin? If so, now is the time to do it. Rich black and creamy whites make for a great background, but you can also do a pop of color like hot pink. Stripes are also a unique idea, like this one from Plaid!

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3. Use a piece of cardboard or a flat small piece of plywood as the base of your diorama. You need something flat and level inside the pumpkin. You could even use a book or small notepad. Then cover the flat surface with fake grass, dirt, leaves, or colored sand.

4. Hot glue is your friend! If you do any sort of crafting, a hot glue gun needs to be in your toolbox of tricks. For instance, create a tiny disco ball (use sparkly nail polish and a small pebble or Styrofoam ball) and then hang it from the “ceiling” of your diorama with the help of a hot glue gun. You can also glue tiny pieces of black/white fabric around the diorama to create mini ghosts.

5. Consider the scene. Are you creating a spooky graveyard? Check out your grocery store’s baking aisle or the Halloween aisles at your local Target. You will probably find all manner of cake/cupcake toppers that will work perfectly in your diorama, from tiny skeletons to tombstones. Or, create your own with nothing other than a rock and black Sharpie! “RIP” is easy to write, and scrawled writing will just make it look more spooky, so don’t worry about making it perfect.

6. Don’t make it too complicated. Yes, you could spend hours gluing tiny bones and bats to your pumpkin, but you could also lay down some fake grass and put a Halloween cake topper inside. Or a spooky plastic haunted house would work just fine. Add sticky bats to the outside of the pumpkin. Or how about a chic woodland scene? Check out this one from Hello Lidy:

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Hello Lidy

So simple and so perfect. You will definitely be in the mood for candy corn and monster movies after making one of these!

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10 DIY Halloween Wreaths That Add A Dash Of Fright To Your Door

Whether you aspire to have the scariest house on the block or just can’t get enough of Halloween crafting now that fall is here, add some toil and trouble to your door with one of these DIY Halloween wreaths.

1. Glowing Wreath

Tulle, lights and just a few other items are all you need to bring this wreath to life. It’ll add a pop of color to your door by day, and really becomes spooky at night. Follow this tutorial.

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Crafty Morning

2. Skull Wreath

This wreath injects some Halloween spirit into your entry without being the tiniest bit tacky. Follow this tutorial.

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The 36th Avenue

3. Skeleton Wreath

We love this rustic wreath featuring a skeleton that practically jumps out at you. Follow this tutorial.

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4. Feathered Wreath

A feather boa fills out and gives texture to this wreath, and lights give it the perfect eerie glow at night. Follow this tutorial.

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5. Skeleton Hands Wreath

For a handsome Halloween decoration that won’t break the bank, hit up the dollar store for all you need to make this wreath. Follow this tutorial.

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Tried & True

6. Witch’s Hat Door Hanging

We love the clever elegance of this arrangement, which turns a witch hat into a festive hanging flower vase. Follow this tutorial.

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The Spohrs Are Multiplying

7. Spider Wreath

If you’re looking for something that’s more cute than scary, this googly-eyed spider is sure to make passersby smile. Follow this tutorial.

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Mama In The Now

8. Monster Wreath

If monsters are more your thing, try using some tulle to create one for your door! Follow this tutorial.

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Hoosier Homemade

9. Wicked Witch Wreath

Wow visitors with this wicked witch wreath that looks elaborate with textured burlap and colorful details, but couldn’t be simpler to make. Follow this tutorial.

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10. Candy Corn Wreath

Let your trick-or-treaters know that your house is where the candy’s at with this candy corn wreath. Follow this tutorial.

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Happy Halloween, folks!

[h/t: Hello Giggles]

These Snowflake Decorations Are Beautiful And Super Simple To Make




Whether you’re looking for a simple decoration for the house or a fun project to do with the kiddos, making these snowflake decorations is the perfect festive activity to keep you and your family entertained this season.

Creating these only requires a few items, so you won’t have to shell out a lot of money on crafts. But the best part? The entire process is fairly simple!

Here are the four items you’ll need to kick off to make your own lacy snowflake paper decorations:

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1. Paper (choose whatever colors you like)

2. Glue

3. Scissors

4. Ruler

The video above explains the steps on how to make these cool winter decorations, but here’s another brief summary:

Directions

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1. Fold 10 squares of paper into triangles

2. Draw five lines (with the ruler) across the triangle about 1 centimeter apart

3. Cut along the lines, stopping about 1 cm before the edge

4. Repeat the line-drawing and cutting process six times.

5. Open the squares and glue the center points together. Turn the square over and glue the next two points.

6.  Repeat the process (continuing to turn the square over between each gluing) until you’ve connected each strip of paper on each square.

7. Glue all of your squares together end-to-end in a snowflake shape.

As noted in the video, the size of the snowflake will depend on the size of the squares you start with. The bigger you go, the bigger it will be.

Related:  12 Easy & Fun DIY Christmas Crafts To Make With Kids

You can also feel free to get as creative as you like the style of snowflakes you’re making. You can use plain white paper if you want to stick with the traditional snowflake look. If you want to make the decorations look a bit more colorful and festive, you can go for red, green or metallic colored paper. You can even use patterned paper if you want!

When you’re done, you’ll be left with a lovely snowflake decoration that you can hang in a window, as seen below, or elsewhere in your home.

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Will you be making these snowflake decorations this holiday?

Additional Reporting by Michelle Regalado.