I am always trying to think of innovative and creative ways to revamp classic holiday favorites. Pumpkins represent the most common Halloween craft for families and I remember having so much fun designing pumpkins every year with my kids. This updated take on a plastic pumpkin is a great way to try a new craft with your kids this year not as messy either. My pumpkin dioramas will let your kids create their own world and explore their creativity.

Materials Needed:
Makes 1

  • Artificial (or foam craft) pumpkin
  • Acrylic paint your choice of color (The one displayed are blue & black)
  • 1 Large bag of moss
  • 1 piece of cardboard (or styrofoam board, to fit the inside bottom of pumpkin)
  • Exacto knife
  • Glue gun & glue
  • Embellishments

Crafters note: Materials found at Michael’s Craft Store.  
 Decide beforehand what kind of scene you’d like to make and find store-bought miniatures to fit the inside, be as creative as you want.

  1. Cut an opening in the front of the pumpkin.
  2. Paint the inside of the pumpkin your color of choice. (This will be your night background.) Let dry.
  3. Cut a hole in the back big enough to fit your light chord.
  4. Cut your cardboard (or styrofoam board) to fit inside the bottom of the pumpkin. (You can use a hot glue gun on the pieces to secure them to the pumpkin.)
  5. Glue a thin layer of moss to your cardboard.
  6. Place your scene the way you want it and glue into place.
  7. You now have your finished Halloween diorama to proudly display.

Additional: You can cut smaller pieces to add higher and lower areas to the base. -Add small battery powered lights or battery pack lights to the inside. -Can also use Christmas lights. -Dioramas make great night-lights for the kids.