Cheap but Chic: What to Do With That Halloween Pumpkin

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About 12.4 million pumpkins are cut and sold according to agmrc.org. Here are some ways to recycling your Halloween pumpkin. When Halloween is over don’t throw your pumpkin away.

For recycling your pumpkin here are some yummy recipes according to mnn.com.

1.)    Pumpkin pie

2.)    Healthy pumpkin and spice quick bread

3.)     Spicy pumpkin hummus

4.)    Pumpkin bread pudding

5.)    Pumpkin pie smoothie

6.)    Pumpkin seed brittle

7.)    Pumpkin butter

8.)    Parmesan pumpkin wedges

9.)    Pumpkin liquor

Be sure that if you put a candle in your pumpkin to cut out the wax before cooking and eating it.

Another way to conserve your pumpkin is to decorate with it.

10.) Pumpkin bird feeder

11.) Pumpkin incense holder

12.) Pumpkin centerpiece

13.) Pumpkin planter

14.) Pumpkin serving bowl

15.) Pumpkin snowmen

Next you can get beautiful with it. Pumpkins are healthy for your body. Pumpkin is filled with vitamin A and C as well as antioxidants. It makes for a good moisturizer for your body and hair.

16.) Pumpkin face mask

17.) Pumpkin deep conditioner

18.) Pumpkin body scrub

19.) Pumpkin pedicure

You can play with it by doing the following;

20.) Pumpkin painting

21.) Pumpkin catapult

Lastly you can put your pumpkin to good use and compose it.

22.) Make your own compose

Here are some of the main recipes;

Pumpkin pie recipe according to allrecipes.com;

Here is what you will need

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin

1 (14 ounce) can EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened Condensed Milk

2 large eggs 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust

Prep 15 min cook 55 min ready 1 h 10 min

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Whisk pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, spices and salt in medium bowl until smooth. Pour into crust. Bake 15 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted 1 inch from crust comes out clean. Cool. Garnish as desired. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

 

Pumpkin spice smoothie according to heart.org

Ingredients

1/2 cup canned pumpkin, (not pie filling)

1/3 cup fat-free, plain yogurt

1/3 cup skim milk

2 Tbsp. rolled oats

2 tsp. honey

1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

3-4 ice cubes

Directions

Into a blender, add pumpkin, yogurt, milk, oats, honey, pumpkin pie spice, and ice cubes.

Blend until smooth and frothy, about 1 minute. Pour into a glass and serve.

 

Let’s go on to how to decorate it.

How to make a pumpkin bird feeder according to nwf.org.

Steps

Cut off the top.

Cut off the top of the pumpkin, as shown. (Ask an adult for help.)

Poke the dowels through.

Poke a dowel into the pumpkin a few inches down from the top edge you just cut. Push it straight out through the opposite side of the pumpkin.

Poke the second dowel through the pumpkin so it crosses just under the first dowel.

Add the twine.

Cut the twine into four equal lengths. Tie a strand to each dowel, as shown. Then tie the loose ends together in a large knot at the top.

Fill with seeds.

Fill the pumpkin with birdseed, and then hang it in your yard.

TIP: Make several small holes in the bottom of the pumpkin to let rainwater out.

TIP: If you don’t want seeds to spill out of the pumpkin’s face, you can line the feeder with a sheet of newspaper before filling it.

How to make a pumpkin serving bowl according to pumpkinnook.com.

For pumpkin bowls and dishes, select a healthy, unblemished pumpkin, of the size you want to use.

Next, scrap out the insides of the pumpkin.

 

How to get beautiful with it.

Pumpkin deep conditioner according to naturallycurly.com.

Ingredients

1/2 cup of pumpkin—you can use puree from a fresh pumpkin, a can of pumpkin puree or baby food.

1/4 cup of yogurt

2 tbsp of honey

Directions

Put all ingredients in to bowl and PUREE. If you do not puree, you will be left with pumpkin chunks in your hair and you will regret it.

Separate hair in sections and smooth from root to tip throughout entire head.

Once entire head has been pumpkin-ified, put on a shower cap and leave on hair for about 20-30 minutes.

Rinse out.

How to make pumpkin body scrub according to spas.about.com.

Ingredients

1/2 cup organic pureed pumpkin

1/2 cup organic brown sugar

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp honey

You can also add a small amount of powdered cinnamon or clove, or a drop of vanilla, to make it more uplifting. All three can scents can also be added as essential oils, but just use a drop or two. Clove, which is said to be an aphrodisiac, and cinnamon can be irritating if applied directly to the skin.

Directions

Mix all ingredients in a clean, unbreakable bowl and mix with a clean spoon. Take to the bathroom and add a few extras like candles to turn it into a spa experience.

Draw a warm bath, and soak in it for ten or 15 minutes to soften up your skin. Another nice touch is to add a few drops of an essential oil like clove or cinnamon, uplifting scents that go with the pumpkin, when you’re finished drawing the water.

 

You can play with you pumpkin.

How to make a pumpkin painting according to wikihow.com.

1 “Paint your entire pumpkin with a solid color (optional). You can use the natural color of your pumpkin as the background for your design, or you can paint the entire pumpkin another color. Use an acrylic paint to paint the pumpkin. If you have other paint at home but aren’t sure if it’ll work on the pumpkin, test it out on a small part of the pumpkin to see if it sticks first.

Pick a color that complements your design. If you’re drawing a goblin, pick an eerie green color for your background.

Paint your pumpkin in sections, allowing each to dry before moving on to the next. This way, you won’t be stuck holding a pumpkin dripping with wet paint.

Watch out for the wet paint on the bottom. Make sure you don’t set the pumpkin down on its bottom when the bottom is wet, or it will stick.”

2 “Trace your design onto the pumpkin. With a permanent marker and a stencil, or a pattern you have made yourself, lightly trace your design onto your pumpkin. Don’t overthink it. You’ll be painting over what you’ve traced, so it doesn’t have to look perfect. If you’re feeling uncertain, you can start drawing the design with pencil first, and then go over it with permanent marker.

To keep the pattern or stencil steady, it might help to tape it in place.

To create straight lines, stripes, or shapes, tape pieces of masking tape to your pumpkin in the desired pattern.

Optional: Use transfer paper (graphite paper) to trace your design. Transfer paper is a popular craft product used to transfer a design or pattern onto any surface. Here’s how to use the transfer paper:

Print out or draw your design on a piece of paper.

Tape a piece of transfer paper to the pumpkin.

Tape the paper with your design on top of the transfer paper.

Use a pencil to trace the outlines of the design.

When you’re finished, remove the two layers of paper, and you’ll find the outline of your design traced onto the pumpkin.”

3 “Paint your design. Using acrylic paints, paint your design onto your pumpkin. You can use any tool you like to paint: paintbrushes, cotton swabs, sponges, or cotton balls. Keep a damp cloth at your side to quickly clean off any mistakes. Pretend that you’re just painting an ordinary canvas. This one just happens to be round.

If you are using light colored paints, you may need to add additional coats.

Make sure your paint is thoroughly dry before adding layers on top.

Make sure that the design covers all of the visible parts of the pumpkin so you’re not just tracing it onto the front. Step back to admire your pumpkin to see how much of it is actually visible.”

4 “Use a sealant to set your design. When your paint is completely dry, spray a light layer of craft sealant all over the painted areas of your pumpkin.”

5 “

Add decorations or embellishments (optional). If you like, you can make your design even more fun and exciting with decorations and embellishments. Wait for the pumpkin to dry and then add a variety of fun adornments to your creation.

Glue yarn or raffia around the stem of the pumpkin for hair.

Sprinkle glitter on wet paint to add sparkle.

Using glue dots, a glue gun or craft glue, add googly eyes, sequins, rhinestones, pom poms, beads, or craft foam shapes.

Top your pumpkin with a hat for a final touch.”

6 “Place your pumpkin in a visible location. Put your pumpkin somewhere that will catch the eye, whether it becomes the centerpiece of your dining table or sits on your front porch. Make sure it’s in a place where people can see it head-on.

If you’re placing it outside, try to keep it out of direct sunlight or heat to make it last longer.”

Finally how to decompose your pumpkin according to educationaltoyfactory.com.

What to do;

“Put either your jack-o’-lantern or another pumpkin you are done with in a corner of a yard where it can rot freely.

Help your child record the starting date and then draw or take a picture of the pumpkin at the beginning of your experiment. Have your child write some notes recording his or her observations about the pumpkin at this moment.

Make weekly observations of the pumpkin over the next several months. Continue to observe it until it has rotted away to the ground. During each visit, have your child take or draw a picture and write notes.

From time to time, discuss the changes you are observing and have your child make suggestions about why these things are happening to the pumpkin.

Alternate versions: Observe both a carved and an uncarved pumpkin decompose (and compare differences in the ways and rates at which they decompose) or, if you have no place to let a pumpkin rot outdoors, watch a piece of pumpkin in a glass jar rot inside.”

That is what you can do with your pumpkins instead of throwing them away.