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Pumpkin Dioramas Are Halloween’s Most Creative Trend

Glitter pumpkins. Painted pumpkins. Glow-in-the-dark pumpkins. Been there, stenciled that. If you think you’ve seen just about every way to bring creativity to Halloween, then you are in for a surprise.

Pumpkin dioramas are the new way to take pumpkin art to the next level. Yes, art! How else could you describe something so epic?

The best part about this breath-taking trend is that it’s actually pretty simple! Forget painstakingly carving vampire teeth onto a pumpkin, or sweating up a storm as you try to lay a stencil on perfectly straight. No, with pumpkin dioramas, anything goes!

It’s safe for the little ones to be hands-on, so you don’t have to worry about them grabbing onto the sharp edges of the pumpkin cutter. Plus you don’t have to worry about cleaning up the mess, as these dioramas are made with plastic or foam pumpkins!

Check out this cool example from Eat, Knit and DIY:

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Seriously, how amazing is this? Your kids might not even want to go trick-or-treating when they have this creation to gaze at in awe.

How about this pumpkin diorama from Lone Girl in a Crowd?

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Lone Girl in a Crowd

Well, who are we kidding!? Your kids are definitely not going to want to miss out on the candy. But they will also love being part of this craft.

Here is how to get started:

1. Pick out an appropriately sized artificial pumpkin. Get one that is wide—you are going to be using it as your ‘stage,’ so you don’t want to limit yourself with too narrow of a space. Art of Doing Stuff recommends you use a serrated pumpkin-carving knife to cut a large hole in one side of the pumpkin, but you may need to experiment (carefully!) with a sharper blade like an X-ACTO knife if the pumpkin carver doesn’t do the trick.

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The Art of Doing Stuff

2. Do you want to paint your pumpkin? If so, now is the time to do it. Rich black and creamy whites make for a great background, but you can also do a pop of color like hot pink. Stripes are also a unique idea, like this one from Plaid!

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Plaid

 

3. Use a piece of cardboard or a flat small piece of plywood as the base of your diorama. You need something flat and level inside the pumpkin. You could even use a book or small notepad. Then cover the flat surface with fake grass, dirt, leaves, or colored sand.

4. Hot glue is your friend! If you do any sort of crafting, a hot glue gun needs to be in your toolbox of tricks. For instance, create a tiny disco ball (use sparkly nail polish and a small pebble or Styrofoam ball) and then hang it from the “ceiling” of your diorama with the help of a hot glue gun. You can also glue tiny pieces of black/white fabric around the diorama to create mini ghosts.

5. Consider the scene. Are you creating a spooky graveyard? Check out your grocery store’s baking aisle or the Halloween aisles at your local Target. You will probably find all manner of cake/cupcake toppers that will work perfectly in your diorama, from tiny skeletons to tombstones. Or, create your own with nothing other than a rock and black Sharpie! “RIP” is easy to write, and scrawled writing will just make it look more spooky, so don’t worry about making it perfect.

6. Don’t make it too complicated. Yes, you could spend hours gluing tiny bones and bats to your pumpkin, but you could also lay down some fake grass and put a Halloween cake topper inside. Or a spooky plastic haunted house would work just fine. Add sticky bats to the outside of the pumpkin. Or how about a chic woodland scene? Check out this one from Hello Lidy:

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Hello Lidy

So simple and so perfect. You will definitely be in the mood for candy corn and monster movies after making one of these!

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9 Easy Pallet Projects That Won’t Break The Bank

You’ve probably heard that pallets are a budget-friendly way to decorate your home. Maybe you’ve even collected a few (I had five in my garage at last count) in hopes of completing a Pinterest-worthy project.

Still confused about what you can actually make with a pallet? Well, look no further. We’ve got nine cool—and totally doable—ideas for you.

1. Pallet Flower Box

Flip the pallet around to turn it into shabby chic flower boxes. This upright planter is an adorable addition to any garden.

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The Micro Gardener

 

2. Coffee Table

You are going to need more than just sandpaper and paint for this one—but not too much more. The extra effort is worth it. Not only does the table look amazing, but it easily moves out of the way to give you some extra space when needed.

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Place of My Taste

 

3. Wall Decor

Pallets can be transformed into amazing personalized wall hangings. One of the most popular I have seen is the rustic American flag, but you could also paint it and add your favorite quote to add some inspiration to your home decor. Pallets are ideal for these projects because they can be made to fit any space.

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The Garden Glove

 

4. Basic Bench

What’s fabulous about benches is that if you screw something up, you can always hide it with a pillow. Typically, that’s what everyone notices first anyway. There could be nail holes in the wood or random printed letters on the side, but as long as the pillows look great, no one will ever notice.

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Wooden Pallet Furniture

 

5. Book Shelf

It’s simple, rustic and it can be painted to suit any home decor. What’s not to love about a pallet book shelf?

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Made with Love that Can be Felt

 

6. Entry Table

This table makes a lovely first impression in the entryway, but it’s sure to get noticed no matter where it is placed.

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Pallet Furniture DIY

 

7. Hook Board

With a few hooks, your pallet can give you some extra cabinet or closet space. Use the hooks to hang coffee mugs, as shown below, or use it for scarves, purses, belts—you name it!

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Craft Project Ideas

 

8.Wine Rack

This rustic rack will get all of your bottles and glasses organized. And with the right tools, this cool project will only take about an hour-and-a-half to complete.

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Instructables

 

9. Outdoor Bar

Thanks to its sleek design, this outdoor bar won’t consume your space. It will, however, give you back some room on your outdoor dining table.

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1001 Pallets

 

When your pallet project is complete, make sure you share it with us on Facebook so we can all “oooh” and “ahhh” over your success.

This Teen Turned An Old Camper Into A Gorgeous ‘Glamper’

How did you spend your summer?

Ellie Yeater, a 14-year-old in West Virignia, spent her summer turning a 1974 Wilderness camper into a “glamper” (glam camper). How did she do it? As detailed on the blog Woodworking Adventures, Ellie saved up $500 of birthday and chore money, and got a lot of support from her family.

Ellie purchased the camper for $200 with a vision of a space to call her own. Of course, she would need to park it close enough to the house to still use her parents’ electricity and Wi-Fi, not to mention air conditioning when it gets too hot.

Here’s what she started with. You won’t believe how this creative girl transformed the space!

Before really getting started, Ellie had to gut the inside of the camper and clean it. Once the camper had been stripped down, the real work of replacing flooring and painting could begin. The dark brown exterior was painted a light blue. And for the inside, Ellie chose a color scheme of peach, grey and light blue.

Ellie finished off her masterpiece with Pinterest-inspired details like statement pillows, strung lights and a dress form.

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Woodworking Adventures

For Ellie, the camper will be more of a “she-shed” than something to take out into the woods. Just like any other teen, Ellie wanted a spot to hang out with friends and a quiet place of her own. Nice work, Ellie! We see an interior design career in your future.

Read more about the camper’s transformation and see more pictures on Woodworking Adventures.