Spooky Pumpkin Centerpiece
White paint (optional)
Black marker (optional)
Decorate with pumpkins for Halloween? Sure. Paint them to make them look more interesting? Of course. Turn one into a planter centerpiece? Why not. So, we’re ready to make a beautiful pumpkin centerpiece, right? Wrong! Let’s do something a little different this year and get rid of the pretty pumpkin centerpiece – it’s been done to death! What will really get people’s heads turning is a scary skeleton pumpkin planter. It can be the food table centerpiece, a porch accent, or even the head of your Halloween costume.
I’m like many people in that I love the look of a gold painted pumpkin, or a cutesy jack-o-lantern for Halloween. But don’t you sometimes like to go radical and produce a scary Halloween decoration instead of a funny or sweet one? I know, you’re going to tell me about that hideous door cover that you display every year – it’s quite frightening. Or, you’ll explain how you make fake body parts and throw them around the yard. You’re right; that’s disturbing and perfect for Halloween. But admit it: you never make scary planters, right? Well, this year you can, and you’re going to want to do it again next year!
When you choose a small pumpkin to use for the unusual planter you’ll do to it what you do to most pumpkin projects. Cut the top off, scoop out the innards, and for a planter, go ahead and throw the top away. If you prefer the pumpkin to not be a planter you might want to keep the top. If the pumpkin will be a Halloween mask cut the bottom out and leave the top intact.
Paint the pumpkin with white paint (optional); it might take two or more coats to get full coverage. However, you could prefer the look of an old skeleton, made by painting just a thin coat of white paint over the orange pumpkin. Cut out two round eye holes, a triangular nose, and a thin, eerie smile. Cut slits vertically on the mouth to create the look of stitches. Alternatively, you can draw the facial features on with a black marker (do the cutouts for the mask version).
Create a fall-theme flower arrangement inside the pumpkin. Or, just set the jack-o-lantern outside somewhere, without flowers. Create one small skeleton, and set it on a shelf, or craft a family of them, and parade them down porch steps. The pumpkins are quite spooky and so appropriate for Halloween. Save the pretty, cute, and adorable crafts for another holiday!