Halloween is over. The good news: You can stop eating your kids’ candy now. The bad news: You’ve got a dozen of those cute little mini pumpkins festooning your front porch. And you have to think of something to do with them, before your sugar-fueled children decide to turn them into softballs. In your living room.
Well, here’s more good news: There are plenty of uses for those tiny pumpkins. These fun projects will extend the life of those Baby Boos through Thanksgiving, at least. Added bonus: No pumpkin softball.
Halloween’s over: Here’s what to do with all those tiny pumpkins
Pumpkin CentrepieceHaving people over? Having really fancy people over? Or maybe you just want to dazzle your design-challenged dinner guests. In any event, this centerpiece by Hi Sugarplum! is sure to blow your friends’ gourds off. Get instructions here.Hi Sugarplum!
Stuffed PumpkinsDid you know you can bake those little beauties? You can stuff them with almost anything, but we were most intrigued by this delectable combination of spinach, mushrooms and cheese. Get the recipe here.Oh My Veggies
Pumpkin Candle HoldersMaking a vegetable into a candle holder automatically elevates your decorating skills into Martha Stewart territory, or, at least, Blake Lively. Find instructions via Practically Functional. Practically Functional
Laziest CenterpieceOr, really, just buy a few different types of gourds and put them on a platter. No one will be dazzled, but no one will think you’re still celebrating Halloween, either.
Pumpkin ToyTiny pumpkins are great for occupying tiny hands. Ever try turning a mini-pumpkin into a Mr. Potato Head? It works. Get more info from the geniuses at Loving My Nest.Loving My Nest
Sparkly PumpkinSometimes you just need to bedazzle a vegetable. The Swell Designer understands this desire. Once you’re finished with this project, you’ll have a pumpkin that’ll take you through Christmas. Get the details here.The Swell Designer
Pumpkin SoupLittle pumpkins make terrific small bowls, perfect for serving anything from dip to hot soup, like this creamy, irresistible dish from Noob Cook. Get the recipe here. The Noob Cook
Pumpkin ToastAdded bonus if you cook with the insides of your pumpkin: A delicious bread spread to go with that soup.The Noob Cook
Pumpkin WreathNow here’s the ultimate in seasonal style: A wreath that celebrates fall — not just Halloween. You can make your wreath entirely out of pumpkins if you like. Or take this approach from On Sutton Place; a little orange goes a long way. Get the instructions here.On Sutton Place
Pumpkin Place SettingWe’ve seen a ton of crafty people reuse their pumpkins as place cards for fall feasts. Just get a Sharpie. It’s as simple as that.