Leave the pumpkin for your pies and make Halloween pumpkin decorations that you can reuse year after year. This recycling project costs almost nothing, is easy enough for even very small children, won’t leave you with a mess to clean up, and the results are quite attractive. You’ll need:
- A clean, clear, empty bottle or jar with the labels removed (a two-liter soft-drink bottle or gallon milk jug works well, as does a fat glass pickle jar)
- A bottle of nontoxic orange water-based paint
- Black or yellow construction paper
- Glue stick
- Small brown paper bag,
- Green or brown ribbon, string, or yarn
Pour a little orange paint into the empty bottle or jar, put the lid on firmly, and shake, rock, and roll it to coat the entire inside a good solid orange—add more paint if needed. If you want to use your faux jack-o-lantern outside, drop in a handful of rocks or sand so it won’t blow away. Cut out paper faces and paste them to the outside. To dress up the stem, cut out a circle or star shape from a brown paper bag, and put it over the lid, flat side down and ends up. Pull the ends of the paper into a stem shape in the middle of the top and tie it at the base with the ribbon. If you have the kind of ribbon you can curl, use the flat edge of a pair of scissors to turn the ends into curly tendrils.