I’ve always believed September 1st is the unofficial start of fall. Pumpkin spice lattes should be out soon, Halloween candy is available in stores and I think it’s acceptable to start working on fall décor without getting strange looks from your neighbors. So how about we kickoff September with a pumpkin decorating idea? This month the Michaels Makers were challenged to decorate pumpkins. It’s one of my favorite challenges! The past few years I’ve worked on a pumpkin topiary, an Elsa Pumpkin – one of my most popular posts, and a pumpkin vase as part of my Michaels Makers challenge. This year I’m sharing an easy DIY Pumpkin Diorama.
I wanted to make this pumpkin look spooky…but without scaring the kids. They love the Lemax Spooky Town decorations so I knew using a graveyard gate inside the diorama would be perfect! I added paper bats flying around the pumpkin and it fits perfectly with my usual black & white Halloween décor.
DIY Pumpkin Diorama
Halloween decorations/Lemax graveyard gate
1 inch thick Styrofoam block
Step one: I’m using a precut pumpkin but you could easily carve one with a pumpkin knife or hot tool. Paint the inside of the pumpkin using acrylic paint and a brush.
Step two: cut your Styrofoam block so that it fits inside the pumpkin. You could skip this step but I wanted to add some height to my diorama. Then cover the Styrofoam block with moss using a hot glue gun. Be very careful when hot gluing moss! It’s thin and can easily burn your fingers if it seeps through.
Step three: place your decorations inside. I’m using a graveyard decoration from the Lemax collection. My kids LOVE the lemax décor, especially the musicaldecorations!
Step four: add paper bats around the pumpkin using a cricut machine or precut bats from the paper crafting section. Sometimes Michaels will carry these where the Halloween paper crafting/party décor is displayed.The graveyard entrance is battery powered, displaying a green glow on the bottom and orange lights at the top. My kids like turning it on at night and watching the graveyard diorama glow.
To kick off fall in your own home, visit Michaels.com and check out the variety of craft pumpkins available – there is every color, shape and size you could ever want! There are tons of ways to DIY your own craft pumpkin for your home, a party or even as a gift.
Be sure to check out all of the other Michaels Makers pumpkin ideas on the Michaels blog.
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