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DIY Papier-mâché Jack-o-lanterns! Papier-mâché tissue paper is carefully layered around a balloon. The face is created by gently cutting out pieces with a utility knife. The top is either cut off, or wrapped in painter's tape and floral wire. Battery operated lights illuminate these gleeful gourds!
Bright Idea: A smart alternative to carving: Spell out a message with paint. (Could work outside of Halloween too!)
Fall Craft: Pumpkin Seed Necklace
Wise Owl Pumpkin: Pumpkins are thick-skinned, but it's easy to poke through them for a new take on decorating. Here, two miniature pumpkins become a wise owl. Secure pumpkins together with skewers. For eyes, push toothpicks through the tips of two pumpkin seeds, insert in pumpkin, and fan out slightly; repeat several times. A pearberry completes each. To add a chrysanthemum plume, make a hole with a toothpick and insert stem. For the beak, dig out a small opening and wedge in an almond.