Low-Waste Design Challenge: Two Holidays, One Pumpkin

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This Halloween season, the Earth911 editorial team wanted to put a low-waste, high-creativity spin on traditional pumpkin carving. This activity can be low-waste already, but we wanted to go even further by creating a dual design for our pumpkins, making them suitable for two fall holidays instead of just one.

Six Earth911 staffers were given four days and one pumpkin each to create a no-carve reuse design applicable for both Halloween and Thanksgiving. Taking advantage of reused items from the office and our homes, we were able to produce six ‘transformer’ pumpkins that gave the right side of our brains a good workout. Flip through each entry, then vote on your favorite.

 

1. Recycled Newspaper Pumpkin

Photo: Alexandra Vietti
Photo: Alexandra Vietti
Photo: Alexandra Vietti
Halloween, Thanksgiving, pumpkin craft project, no-carve jackolantern
Halloween, Thanksgiving, pumpkin craft project, no-carve jackolantern
Photo: Alexandra Vietti, Earth911
Halloween, Thanksgiving, pumpkin craft project, no-carve jackolantern
Photo: Alexandra Vietti
no-carve pumpking design

Crafter: Mary Mazzoni, Earth911 Staff Writer

Materials: Mod Podge, old newspaper, pizza box, non-toxic craft paint, permanent marker, sponge brush, paint brush, scissors, painter’s tape, bows/fake flowers (optional)

Tutorial: Begin by covering your pumpkin in non-toxic, water-based white craft paint (opt for non-toxic for easy reuse later). Paint the stump with metallic craft paint.



Cut your newspaper into strips. Using a sponge brush, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to a newspaper strip and smooth over the pumpkin with your fingers. Repeat until the pumpkin is covered.



Draw out your choice of spooky shapes and thankful phrases on the lid of a pizza box. Carefully cut out using heavy-duty scissors. Decorate as desired (I used black permanent marker for my bats and craft paint for the thankful letters).



Attach your spooky shapes to the pumpkin with painter’s tape to give the illusion they are “floating.” Do the same for your thankful phrase after Halloween has come and gone.

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