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Inexpensive decorative pumpkin crafts for children

There are many inexpensive ways to decorate pumpkins
There are many inexpensive ways to decorate pumpkins
Sheila Buck

Halloween is almost here. Bangor area families are putting the finishing touches on their holiday decorating. Pumpkins are traditional decorations for Halloween. Some families can’t afford real pumpkins to carve or decorate. Luckily, Styrofoam pumpkins can be purchased at the Bangor area Dollar Tree stores for a buck a piece. The following are a few ideas for decorating Styrofoam pumpkins.

Traditional pumpkin carving

Many brands of Styrofoam pumpkins are hollow and can be easily carved. If the pumpkin can be carved, it will usually say on the tag. To carve the pumpkin you will need a pumpkin carving saw or sharp knife, and a pencil. A pattern can be used if one that fits the pumpkin is available. Cut the stem area from the pumpkin. Use the pencil to draw the face or pattern onto the pumpkin. Use the saw to cut the pattern or face into the pumpkin. Paint the white parts of the eyes, nose, and mouth yellow. If a pattern was used, the white edges of the pattern can be painted yellow as well. Place a flameless candle or small glow stick inside of the pumpkin and place the stem lid back on it.

Neon pumpkin

This is a fun and easy way to decorate a pumpkin. All you need is a couple of foam paintbrushes and acrylic paints. Use the first foam brush to paint the top half of the pumpkin; including the stem, black. Let the paint dry and repeat the process on the other half of the pumpkin. When the black paint is completely dry, use the second foam brush to lightly press your favorite neon colored paint over the black. Do this light enough to still see a lot of the black paint.

Scrap fabric pumpkin

Scrap fabric can be used for many craft projects. Cut Halloween pictures from pieces of scrap fabric. Glue the pieces onto the pumpkin. The pieces can be pasted on randomly, in a pattern, or down the ribs of the pumpkin.

Note: Foam brushes, glue, Styrofoam pumpkins, and pumpkin carving tools can be bought at Bangor area Dollar Tree stores. Acrylic paint can be purchased for just under a dollar at the Bangor Super Wal-Mart store. Scrap fabric can usually be found at the local thrift stores.