Four Ways to Get Creative With Pumpkins
You simply can’t enjoy Halloween without the infamous Jack o’ lantern. Fall enthusiasts also look forward to their favorite decadent pumpkin-flavored drinks. However, many forget that pumpkins can also serve a wide variety of other purposes in addition to their staple as holiday decorations and a food-lovers’ favorite ingredient. This fall, get creative with your pumpkins with these four unique ideas.
Like all other fruits, pumpkins contain a large number of healthy vitamins and minerals. In particular, pumpkins are known for being high vitamin A, vitamin C and zinc, all of which help the human body function. However, these vitamins are also beneficial to sun-damaged, sensitive skin and hair. If you still have some of the pumpkin guts left over from any pumpkin carving activities, why not put them to good use as a homemade face or hair mask?
Pumpkin face masks are incredibly easy to make. To make your mask, you can mix a couple of teaspoons of freshly cooked, purred pumpkin guts. All you need to add is a little bit of honey and a splash of milk. Apply to your face and let it sit for 15 minutes before washing it off.
Homemade pumpkin hair masks are also simple and quick to make. All you need is one cup of cooked pumpkin and four tablespoons of your favorite coconut oil. Combine these ingredients in a food processor. Apply your hair mask to your hair, cover with a shower cap and let it set for approximately 30 minutes. Once the time is up, wash out the hair mask and shampoo. When you’re done, your hair will look shiny and healthy.
While carving them is often a favorite past-time, pumpkins can add a nice touch to any fall-themed celebrations or parties. In fact, let them take an active role in all of the fun. For example, once Halloween is over, hang the pumpkins from a tree and let kids try to smash them in a rousing game of pinatas. Uncarved pumpkins also make great bowling balls if the little ones want to show off their bowling skills.
If you’re not afraid of slimy pumpkin guts and getting dirty, break out the slip n’ slide. Everyone will want to have a turn sliding across the yard using nothing but pumpkin innards.
Nature and Wildlife
Since pumpkin gutz are full of nutrients, they can also be used to aid your fall plants and friendly wildlife. For example, pumpkin innards or old Halloween carved pumpkins can be turned into fertilizer by burying them in the garden. Leftover pumpkin bits can also be added to the compost pile. This way, you’ll have a nutrient rich fertilizer ready for spring planting. Planting the seeds may also result in your very own miniature pumpkin farm next fall.
Pumpkins can also be used as a temporary vases for indoor flowers. Once you’ve scooped out the seeds and other innards, the remaining shell acts as the perfect natural vase for fall annuals that will fit with your fall-themed decor. Even better, your fresh flowers will benefit from the nutrients that are released as your temporary planter starts to decompose. Once you’re finished with it, the whole thing can simply be buried.
Finally, most of the local wildlife and farm animals love pumpkin. This fall treat is even often given to exotic zoo residents once the Jack o’ lanterns are no longer needed. Deer and other four-legged friends are particularly partial to the fleshy parts of the pumpkin while birds will make quick work of any remaining pumpkin seeds.
Pumpkins as Party Decor
While painted or carved pumpkins make great outdoor decorations, pumpkins can also be used to bring an essence of your favorite season indoors. For example, pumpkin shells can easily be turned into pillar candle holders or small lanterns that can be turned into wall-hangers or chandeliers.
Pumpkin shells can also make excellent bowls and cups. All you simply need to do is clean out small, round pumpkins and cut them in half from top to bottom. Then scoop our the innards and remove as much of the pumpkin flesh as you can. Finally, serve your guests pumpkin soups or other tasty pumpkin dishes. With these nifty bowls, you’ll have a gathering that won’t be forgotten.
Pumpkins are a fall-lovers best friend
Not only are some of these ideas a perfect way to get family members, especially kids, excited about fall, they’re also a great way to reuse those old Halloween pumpkins so that they don’t go to waste. So get the kids, grab some glitter and glue and get crafting today.