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Put down that knife! Creating pumpkin and gourd creatures without the mess.

  • Written by Teresa Grimm, Dr. Maze’s Farm

As the calendar draws closer to Halloween, our thoughts turn to decorating with pumpkins and gourds.

For some, cutting, cleaning out, and carving creative faces on a Jack O’ Lantern pumpkin is a treasured fall tradition.

For others, cutting and cleaning out a pumpkin is just not on their list of fun things to do.

For anyone looking for scary, beautiful and unique fall decorations, gather the family and try your hand at decorating the outside of pumpkins and gourds.  No knives and no mess!

The kids here at Dr. Maze’s Farm have been making gourd creatures and have found lots of materials to use for creating their own crazy creatures.

Using your own cleverness and readily-available materials, you can create a porch full of your own ghoulish family. Look through your stash of craft supplies for foam shapes, pipe cleaners, glitter, feathers or fake fur and googly eyes.  Use materials such as candy, licorice wheels for eyes, long green licorice for hair, old-fashioned marshmallow peanuts for a nose, and black and white jelly beans for the teeth. Use fall foliage from your yard like leaves, sticks and stems or pine needles for hair. For the larger pumpkins use mini pumpkins and gourds for eyes and noses.  Or, paint your gourd or pumpkin all white and spray with glitter. Once, dry you can add eyes and paint on a face for a ghostly effect.

A hot glue gun will work for most projects but could be dangerous for little ones.  Kid-friendly craft glue works just fine, allow time to dry.  Use small nails or dowels to attach the mini pumpkins or small gourds to your pumpkin.

To show off your masterpieces, place them on a pedestal such as a cake platter, atop a large jar filled with colored marbles and twinkling lights, or on your favorite plant stand.  A family of creatures in assorted sizes, shapes and heights will get a lot of attention in your neighborhood.

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