During the fall season pumpkins are everywhere. You see them in grocery stores, at roadside stands, and on doorsteps. Though commonly used as Halloween decorations and in pumpkin pies these squash like fruits can be used in a variety of different ways from decorative and fun to functional. To help you come up with new ways to use an old favorite here are thirteen things you can do with a pumpkin.
Thirteen Things You Can Do with A Pumpkin
Small to medium sized pumpkins make a great centerpiece for a table or mantle when you combine the with fall leaves, gourds, Indian corn and other signs of fall. Once you are done with your centerpiece the pumpkins can be used for something else.
A hollowed out pumpkin makes a great vase to display fall flower arrangements in your home or use to decorate a fall or Halloween themed wedding.
3. Candle Holders
Small mini pumpkins make great fall themed candle holders.and can be used with taper candles, small votive candles or tea lights. Simply hollow out the pumpkin and insert your choice of candle To prevent fires make sure the hollowed out space in your pumpkin candle holder is almost the same size as your candle and that the candle fits securely inside the pumpkin.
4. As A Face Mask
Pumpkins are rich in anti-oxidant vitamins A and C, as well as zinc and beneficial alpha-hydroxy acids. This makes pumpkins an excellent choice for homemade face masks skin when mixed with honey and milk and applied to dry chapped skin. within minutes the pumpkin will have your skin feeling rejuvenated and give it a healthy glow.
5. Roast The Seeds
Don’t throw out leftover pumpkin seeds after you are done gutting your pumpkin. Instead rinse the seeds, sprinkle with a little salt or spice and toast in an oven for a delicious and nutritious snack Pumpkin seeds are great sources of iron and zinc and of omega-3 fatty acids and are low in calories.
6. Make Baked Goods
One of the most common baked items to use pumpkins in is pumpkin pie, but there are alot of other delicious baked goods that can be made from pumpkin such as pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin biscotti and even pumpkin stuffing.
7. Make A Bird Feeder
A small pumpkin can be tuned into a temporary bird feeder by cutting the pumpkin in half, gutting it and hanging it with some sturdy rope from a tree or porch. Insert small sticks for birds to perch on and fill with bird seed. Your feathered friends will love your new bio-degrade able feeder.
8. Make A Necklace
Leftover pumpkin seeds can be used to make a cute pumpkin seed necklace. simply rinse and soak the seeds and then use a needle and thread to string them together while the seeds are still wet and swollen. Allow the seeds to dry and decorate with fine tip markers, paint or leave natural for a fun pumpkin themed craft project.
9. Use As Compost or Fertilizer
Instead of throwing out old jack-o-lanterns once Halloween is over break them up and add to a compost bin or bury them in your garden. As the pumpkins decompose they will enrich your garden soil and help get it ready or spring planting.
10. Carve Them
Pumpkin carving is one of the most popular and the most fun things to do with pumpkins. Carvings can be as simple or intricate as you want depending on your tastes and their are a variety of methods you can use. To make carving easier make sure you have the proper tools before starting. Inexpensive pumpkin carving tool sets can be purchased online or at your local grocery or craft store/
11. Use In Fall Outdoor Decorations
Pumpkins make great all weather outdoor fall decorations that will last a long time. You can use several grouped together or just a couple to give your home a ready for fall look. To add to the look use with bales of straw, gourds, Indian corn and bundled corn stalks. Pumpkins can also be hollowed out and used as pot for a colorful plant such as a chrysanthemum inside.
12. Play Party Games
If you are having a Halloween party mini pumpkins can be used in a variety of games such as pass the pumpkin, pumpkin bobbing or find the pumpkin. A larger pumpkin with the stem removed can be used as a ball in pumpkin bowling.
13. Feed Them To The Animals
Many animals enjoy eating pumpkins and to celebrate Halloween many zoos often feed their animals pumpkins as a tasty treat. Its not just exotic animals that enjoy eating pumpkins though, many common animals such as cattle, deer, horses, pigs and turkeys also like eating pumpkins. Instead of just tossing your pumpkins out after Halloween try and find a local farm that you can give them too.