A pumpkin diorama is an easy Halloween craft for both kids and the adults! It’s a new way of pumpkin decorating that everyone will have a blast with!
What I get most excited about is coming up with new pumpkin decorating ideas! I’ve made everything from a Frankenstein pumpkin to a flowery unicorn pumpkin and I’ve got even more up my sleeve, starting with this diorama pumpkin idea!
How To Make A Diorama Pumpkin
The beauty of a diorama pumpkin is that there’s no right or wrong way to make one. You just cut open a pumpkin and let your creativity run free.
I’m all about the mess free crafts though. Though this works with real pumpkins too, I love using the styrofoam pumpkins from Dollar Tree. This way you don’t get the mess of pumpkin goo all over the place!
Even better, they’re just $1 each so you can buy all you want! I don’t mind if I screw up something I paid just $1 for…if I paid $15, it’s a different story.
Ready to grab those supplies and get crafty?
- I love using these styrofoam pumpkins for my Halloween pumpkin crafts! They're only $1 at Dollar Tree so even if you mess it up, it was only $1! (You can also get them on Amazon, you'll just pay a little more).
- Start by cutting off the front of the styrofoam pumpkin. Don't cut it exactly in half because you want to be sure you have plenty of room inside to work with, but cut it far enough back so that you have a good sized opening to work with.
- Paint the entire inside of the pumpkin black, including the stick that hangs down from the stem. Paint the outside part where you made the cut with orange paint. Note: The colors are different in this image because this was the first pumpkin I made. I then made a second, where the inside was black and the outer edge orange and it looked even better. Set aside until dry.
- Once the paint dries, paint the inside bottom of the pumpkin with Mod Podge and sprinkle with glass pebbles.
- Now you can decorate! I love the stick hanging down from the middle because it's the perfect place to attach flying bats or ghosts. I actually used plastic bat rings and cut off the backing so I just had the bat to work with. I also used styrofoam stickers and the tombstones were cupcake toppers. You can use whatever Halloween craft supplies you have on hand.
I used glass pebbles that I've had for a number of years so the ones in the link are similar but not exactly the same.
As you can see in the tutorial, the first pumpkin diorama has blue paint around the edges (for sky). I thought I’d try another one with orange and loved it so much more. How cute is this?
The beauty of these is that you can decorate them however you like! You can add plastic skeletons, have a witch making her brew or create a cute pumpkin patch…just use your imagination!
Or you can just do what I did and use whatever you’ve got on hand! Either way, your pumpkin diorama will be lots of fun to create and display for Halloween!
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