There may be nothing better on this earth than pumpkin pie or a pumpkin spice latte. Carving jack-o-lanterns is an age old ritual that children and adults look forward to each year.
These traditional pumpkin uses are certainly yummy and fun, but there are lots of other interesting, creative ways you can use pumpkins this autumn.
- Make a planter
- First, carve off the stem and make a decent size opening. Use a drill to cut a few holes in the bottom for drainage. Remove all of the gooey innards and fill with soil.
- Mums make the perfect fall flower to fit inside. Place on your porch or use as a centerpiece.
- Create floating candles
- Mini pumpkins are absolutely adorable and look great on their own as part of your holiday décor. Turning them into a floating candle will up the ante.
- First, cut off just the stem. Trace a tea light candle around the top and then carefully use a knife to cut out what you’ve traced, about ¾ of an inch deep. Place the tea light inside and place in a decorative bowl of water.
- Enjoy a pumpkin facial
- Pumpkins are rich in antioxidants and vitamins, making them an ideal base for a facial scrub.
- Puree about a cup of pumpkin and mix with half a cup of brown sugar. Sprinkle in some cinnamon for a sweet scent. Rub the mixture over your body for an exfoliating scrub that will leave your skin soft and smelling great.
- Pumpkin ice bucket
- Having a party? Use your extra-large pumpkins as ice buckets. Just chop off the top half, fill with ice, and toss in whatever you’d like to keep cool. Pumpkin beer, perhaps?