16 Simple Pumpkin Craft Ideas for Kids to Make in 2023

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Paper Jack-o’-Lanterns

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No carving mess! Turn orange honeycomb balls into proper Halloween pumpkins that can line your front porch.

To make: Cut facial features and stems from construction paper and apply to the balls with glue dots.


Cutting Board Pumpkins

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Older kids can stain or paint round wood cutting boards orange while the little kids cut pumpkin leaves from green paper. Once they are all assembled, hang on the front door or on the vent hood above the kitchen stove.

To make: Paint or stain round wood cutting boards orange. Cut pumpkin vine leaves from green craft paper and attach to the board with green twine. Curl green pipe cleaners to form tendrils and wrap around the handle. Thread twine through the hole in the handle and hang from a nail.

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Origami Pumpkin Lights

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Tissue Paper Pumpkin Party Favors

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Whether it’s for a Halloween bash you are throwing or to hand out to trick-or-treaters, kids will certainly enjoy transforming orange tissue paper into candy filled pumpkins. You might want to keep an eye on them, though, to make sure they don’t gobble up all the candy!

Get the tutorial at One Little Project.


DIY Pumpkin Puzzle

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This easy project is a Halloween craft and game all in one! Make other faces, like cats and ghosts, on the other side for a reversible game that’s double the fun.

Get the tutorial at Made Everyday.

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Easy Paper Halloween Lanterns

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Kids will be amazed when they see these paper lanterns take shape with just a few scissor cuts. Add a classic jack-o’-lantern face and a battery-operated votive for a pretty glow.

Get the tutorial at The Crafting Chicks.


Pumpkin Balloon Piñata

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Kids will love filling a pumpkin balloon piñata with candy for the annual family Halloween bash.

Get the tutorial at The Gunny Sack.

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Felt Pumpkin Treat Bag

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With just a few supplies and stitches required, this felt pumpkin bag is the perfect introduction to sewing.

Get the tutorial at Hello, Wonderful.


Halloween Tic-Tac-Toe Game

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*Kids will be entertained for hours with this Halloween-themed tic-tac-toe game they can make from scratch using a wooden tray and peg dolls found at the craft store.

Get the tutorial at Made to Be a Momma.


Halloween Clay Handprint Keepsake

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Kids love getting their hands dirty and these adorable little handprint pumpkins will allow them to do just that!

Get the tutorial at Non-Toy Gifts.

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Felt Finger Puppets

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Crafting a friendly pumpkin (or ghost or mummy) finger puppet from felt is just the start of the fun. Once all the characters are made get ready for nonstop drama—of the theater type, of course!

Get the tutorial at One Crafty Mommy.


Paper Pumpkins

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The end result is sophisticated but these paper pumpkins simply require a little cutting, folding, stacking, and gluing. A perfect Halloween craft for an older child.

Get the tutorial at DIY Inspired.


Pumpkin Apple Stamps

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Cookiecutter Pumpkin Pins

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Youngsters can celebrate Halloween all month long by wearing these clay pins, which are shaped with cookie cutters, on their backpack or clothes.

Get the tutorial at Handmade Charlotte.

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Charlyne Mattox is Food and Crafts Director for Country Living.

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