What if Wednesday: 5 Creative Uses for Your Pumpkin after Halloween

Creative uses for pumpkins after HalloweenWhat if I still have pumpkins left after Halloween? What do I do with them?

Halloween is over, but many of us still have pumpkins on our porches or inside our homes. Don’t toss them, use them! We’ve discovered some very creative ideas for your left-over Halloween pumpkins.

1.       Dine on Pumpkin Delicacies

The list is long: pumpkin puree, pies, cakes, pancakes, pumpkin butter, even pumpkin cocktails! If you enjoy whipping up delicious dishes in the kitchen, then use your left-over pumpkins to create yummy treats.

Fun Pumpkin Recipes

Pioneer Woman’s Homemade Pumpkin Puree
Martha Stewart’s Pumpkin Recipes

23 Ways with Pumpkin by Southern Living

2.       Scrub It Up with a Pumpkin Facial

Pumpkins are stuffed with tons of vitamins and alpha hydroxyl acid which are wonderful for your skin. To create a delightful face scrub, just follow this simple recipe:

2 T pumpkin puree
1 T brown sugar
Splash of milk

Mix together, apply to your face in circular motions (avoid eye area), and relax for up to 20 minutes.

3.       Plant Pumpkins for Next Year

Save your pumpkin seeds and grow your own pumpkin patch for next year’s Halloween. For guidance on how to plant, care for, eliminate pests from, and harvest your pumpkin, check out The Old Farmer’s Almanac: Pumpkins. Add the pumpkin to your compost pile or bury it in your garden (it’ll add nutrients to the soil).

4.        Create a Colorful Bird Feeder

Here’s a simple project that children (and crafty parents) will enjoy. Cut your pumpkin in half and scoop it out, making sure the wall is ½ inch thick. Cut a ½ inch deep groove in the pumpkin rim and fill with pumpkin seeds. Create holes and insert twigs to make perches. Using twine, knot two lengths together in the center and secure the knot to the bottom of the feeder, then hang. Fill your creation with birdseed. This idea comes from Martha Stewart but there are other awesome pumpkin bird feeder ideas, including this one from Hoosier Homemade.

5.        Fall Flower Pumpkin Planter

Fill your hollowed-out pumpkin with flowers for a beautiful fall planter. Just scoop out the pumpkin, drill a drainage hole, and fill with potting mix. Better Homes and Gardens created this gorgeous pumpkin planter on top of an empty birdbath.

Let’s Talk

Do you have ideas for your left-over pumpkins? We’d love to hear them! Just comment on our blog post, and share your creative thoughts with the rest of us.

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