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DIY Upcycled Halloween Pumpkins

Simple but stunning ways to decorate your pumpkins this Halloween. Some use no-cut methods which means you get to enjoy eating them once their ghoulish goals are realized.

Be creative this year with your horde or gourds and make Halloween organic rather than filled with decorations you will have to send to the landfill – that’s really scary!

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 stockings

This 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.


Are your ready for a road trip? Hitch your wagon to this delightful train of terror.

Green living bats

Cut 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 webs

Use 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 boos

Color 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.

green ideas pumpkin carriage

Photo courtesy of Kinser Event Company

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

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Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives in a tiny town with a fat cat and a very bad dog.

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16 thoughts on “DIY Upcycled Halloween Pumpkins

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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!

  4. Nikki Fotheringham Post author

    Really great advice Amy! Buy local and use your pumpkins for food! Love it.

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