Halloween without pumpkin decoration is unheard of. Children absolutely love carving pumpkins and decorating the house with the so-called Jack-o'-lanterns. If you want to find out more about the tradition of pumpkin carving, have a look at this Wikipedia article: Jack-o'-lantern.
We've also got some lovely ideas around the most popular Halloween item to add a special touch to the house. Remember that especially with young children it's better to have a friendly, smiling pumpkin on display!
1. Draw a pumpkin on the black card and cut it out. Repeat this step if you want the pumpkin to be covered on the back.
2. Stick it on the sticky paper paper.
3. Let your kids rip the orange tissue paper into bits.
4. Stick the eyes, nose and mouth on.
5. Show them how to stick it onto the sticky paper. If you put a contrasting colour underneath, it will be really easy for them to cover all the bits.
6. Optional: put the identical piece of black card onto the back and cover it with sticky backed paper.
7. Cut out the pumpkin suncatcher - be careful not to cut too closely, otherwise it will open up.
Seasonal paper cut-outs make a great window or table decoration. They are quick and easy to make and the possible varieties are pretty much endless.
Of course you can use the cut-outs to decorate all kinds of other things, too. Glue it onto a folded card and you have a lovely party invitation. Or wrap it around a box and fix it with sticky tape. Or use it to decorate a gift, or, or, or ...
Some kids might need help with the cutting out - always be careful when using scissors!
What you need:
1. Take a long strip of the orange paper and fold it evenly. The more often you fold it, the more items you will get!
2. Draw your pumpkin on the paper. Make sure that you position the sides of the pumpkin against both folds.
3. Cut it out and be careful not to cut through any of the folds.
4. Unfold it all - now you can add your own decorations to it if you want!
As we mentioned above, there are endless possibilities to vary this idea. You could simply change the way your pumpkin looks or you could try a ghost, a bat or any other creature you can think of! Just make sure that your drawing always touches both folds - otherwise it will all fall apart!
Did you like this idea?
Why not use the same idea around Christmas or Easter? You could cut out a snowman or an Easter egg and decorate it just like the pumpkin!