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DIY Upcycled Halloween Pumpkins

Eight simple but stunning ways to decorate your pumpkins this Halloween. Our no-cut methods utilize reused and recycled items you probably already have in your home to reduce the carbon footprint of your Halloween. Not cutting the pumpkins means you get to enjoy eating them once their ghoulish goals are realized.

green moxie balls This Halloween pumpkin will give you goose bumps! Make pompoms from left-over yarn. Glue in place with a glue gun.

 

Green living stockingsThis sassy Halloween pumpkin is easy to make and looks really posh. Push pumpkin down to the toe end of a old pair of fishnet leggings. Tie a knot in the top, cut with a scissors and secure with a ribbon.

Green living lacesThis arsenic and lace Halloween pumpkin utilizes your old haberdashery scraps for a good scare. Use old scraps of lace or cut out sequins from dresses (pictured here). Use a glue gun to secure to pumpkin.

Green living batsCut bat wings out of scraps of felt or old fabric. Use a glue gun to secure to the pumpkin. You can stiffen the fabric with starch or paint on white glue and leave to dry. Hang this pumpkin from fishing line for added effect.

green living felt Cut out felt or fabric mustaches and hearts for these simple, but effective designs. You can also use a black marker to achieve the same result on your Halloween pumpkin.

Green living websUse a black marker to draw designs onto your Halloween pumpkins. You can also use left over black paint. Make stencils by printing shapes onto used cardboard and cutting them out. Hold the cardboard cutouts against the side of the pumpkin and paint over them. Select pumpkins with flat sides for best results.

green living boosColor the heads of sewing pins black with a marker. You can press the pins into the Halloween  pumpkin to spell out ghoulish words.

This Halloween, keep it green. Decorate your home and make costumes from recycled materials to reduce the carbon footprint of your house of horrors.

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Photo courtesy of Kinser Event Company

The features pumpkin carriage picture is made from recycled hardware supplies. You can find the tutorial here.

Watch a video of these Halloween pumpkin crafts here.

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Nikki is a Toronto green living blogger specializing in green living ideas and tips, upcycling, recycling and all things green. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives with her husband and a very bad dog.

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  3. Amy

    Love the fish net pumpkin!! I also like the spider web. I usually draw faces on my pumpkins with a sharpee. I definitely believe in reusing the pumpkin for food. For that reason, I like to buy a pumpkin at the local farmers’ market, not the grocery store. Pumpkins at the grocery store are bred to have thin flesh (easier for carving) so there’s much less to use later for pies or muffins. At the market, I can ask the farmer if the pumpkin is also suitable as a food source. Happy Halloween Everyone!

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