To welcome fall, our friends at Michaels asked us to come up with Halloween pumpkin decorating ideas using props from their store. They have an amazing variety of craft pumpkins available in every color, shape, and size you could ever want! We picked up this 13″ craft pumpkin and set about creating the perfect Halloween pumpkin diorama.

Our little DIY haunted house, tree, and picket fence are all made from paper and are brought to life with a couple of little flickering LED tea lights. This is such a simple DIY Halloween project yet packs the ultimate spooky punch!


Give ’em Pumpkin to Talk About

We guarantee everyone who sees your Halloween pumpkin diorama is going to be amazed by your crafty skills! Set it up for your Halloween party or for your family to enjoy. And then round it out with some real mini pumpkins as well as some simple black faux pumpkins.

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How to Make a Halloween Pumpkin Diorama

Begin by cutting a hole in one side of your craft pumpkin with a craft knife and painting the inside a soft grey-blue color. We wanted our paper scene to be clearly visible, so we made a little hill using air drying clay — perfect for our spooky house and bare bone trees to sit upon. Once your clay hill is dry, cover it entirely with a layer of lush green moss. You can see our steps in the tutorial below.

To make the paper house, tree, and garden fence we cut the designs using our Cricut Explore cutting machine. You can find the little house and other details in both an SVG cut file and a PDF template in this post. We used a black metallic card stock from Michaels, which is slightly shimmery on one side, and vellum paper for the little floating ghosts. Our paper craft projects are put together and secured in place on the mossy hill with a little hot glue. Pop a flickering LED light in the back behind the hill and one in the haunted house, and you have yourself the perfect Halloween decoration!

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