I’m convinced that everything is cuter in miniature form. Give me all the mini crumb donuts and no one gets hurt. But seriously, today’s Halloween craft that I’m sharing with you is just so darn cute that you’ll want to make one for yourself (or two or three…) immediately. A pumpkin diorama is also one of the easiest Halloween crafts!
Be sure and grab an extra craft pumpkin for the kiddos too! While a pumpkin diorama is one of the most fun Halloween crafts for kids, make sure an adult does the cutting and hot gluing for the project.
How to Make a Pumpkin Diorama
- Craft pumpkin (available at most craft stores)
- Paint and paintbrush
- Halloween miniatures
- Twigs and moss
- Glue dots
- Glue gun
Step 1. Trace a large opening onto your craft pumpkin. Use a knife to carefully cut on the line to create an opening in the craft pumpkin.
Step 2. Use a foam paintbrush to paint the inside of your pumpkin. I chose to create an outdoor night scene in a spooky forest, so I painted the inside of my pumpkin black. I used a paintbrush to flick tiny drops of white paint over the black to make stars in the night sky.
Step 3. Use a glue gun to glue small twigs to each other to create miniature trees. Glue moss onto the trees to make them look more realistic. Add the trees to the back of the pumpkin with a glue gun.
I added a thin layer of moss to the bottom of my craft pumpkin to make it look like a forest floor and add more dimension and color.
I also used thicker twigs as small tables in my pumpkin diorama, then placed them on the floor of the pumpkin.
Step 4. Now comes the fun part! Add in your Halloween miniatures to your pumpkin diorama.
My friends at Miniatures.com sent me some of my favorite Halloween miniatures, and they are just the cutest little things!
Tiny pumpkins, mini Halloween cupcakes, plates, goblets, a black cat, a pumpkin filled with Halloween treats, and a spider web Halloween cake are just a few of the miniatures that I added to my pumpkin diorama.
I wanted to be able to reuse our miniatures, so I added them to the inside of our pumpkin diorama using glue dots. Glue dots are super sticky little dots of glue that are removable and aren’t permanent, but hold very well.
By using glue dots, we can use the miniatures after Halloween in my daughter’s doll house, and then we can use them in a whole different pumpkin diorama next Halloween!
I twisted string around some miniature skeletons’ necks, added a dot of glue, then hung them to the trees to add more spookiness to my haunted forest picnic scene. Aren’t they fun?!
I’m so happy with how our pumpkin diorama turned out. All those cute little miniatures are really what made our forest scene come alive.
This is a great quick Halloween craft for kids and adults alike. My kids absolutely loved the tiny figures and had so much fun playing with them.
See, I told you everything was cuter in miniature form. 😉