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HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN DIORAMAS


 
Halloween Pumpkin Dioramas are a nice edition to your indoor Halloween decorations. Fun and easy to make, you can let your creative side go a little crazy! Create your own little Halloween universe in each one. You'll find that you can make them in as many sizes as there are foam pumpkins! We've even added battery powered "candles" to some of ours for a nice Halloween glow! Kids can sit and stare at them for hours, they make great night lights for the kids during Halloween season as well.
 

What You'll Need:
Foam Craft Pumpkin
Assorted Halloween Figurines & Tombstones
Black Acrylic Paint
Gray Acrylic Paint
Midnight Blue Acrylic Paint
Spanish Moss & Reindeer Moss
1 inch Styrofoam Craft Board (to fit the inside bottom of pumpkin)
Serrated Edge Knife or Exacto Tool
Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
Tacky Glue or White Craft Glue
Paintbrush
Paper Towels
Water to Clean Brushes

 
Pick the size foam pumpkin you'd like to work with. We chose the standard medium size foam pumpkin because it allowed us room to work inside. Cut an opening in the front using an Exacto Knife or foam cutting knife. You can make the edges jagged or cut a nice round or oblong hole.

Paint the inside of the pumpkin black or dark midnight blue. This will be your night sky and background when you make your diorama. You'll probably have to use two coats of acrylic paint to give a good cover.  Use gray to paint in thin clouds and if you choose, a full moon.

Cut the Styrofoam Craft Board to fit inside the bottom of the pumpkin. You may have to cut an initial shape and then cut that into pieces to fit it inside. You can also cut smaller pieces to add higher and lower areas to the base. You can use a hot glue gun on the pieces to secure them to the pumpkin and each other.

 
Using a tacky craft glue, glue a thin layer of Reindeer moss to the foam board and a thin edging of Spanish moss to the opening that you've cut. Reindeer moss has a different texture and color than Spanish moss and makes a better ground covering. You can wait and attach the Spanish moss to the opening when you finish the inside of your diorama.
 
Decide before hand what kind of scene you'd like to make, a Witches Coven around a fire, a graveyard, a night of trick or treating. You'll have to find figurines and pieces to go inside your diorama. Lemax makes a great selection but you can now find less expensive versions at mass retailers like Walgreens and Wal-mart.
 
Place your scene that way you want it and then glue into place. Add small battery powered tea lights or battery pack lights to the inside if you wish. You can also buy lighted Jack-O-Lanterns, skulls, street lights and other things with battery packs on them to add light to the inside of your diorama.
 
You now have your finished Halloween Diorama to proudly display for Halloween! We can be sure that you'll want to make more than one of these. Use one with a few lights inside to set on the night stand in your kid's room, it will give them a great Halloween world to think about and maybe even create a story about what's going on in there!
 

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