7 Things To Do With Your Old Pumpkin


The costumes are all put away and the best of the candy has been eaten. Halloween is over. So, what are you going to do with your pumpkins? Nobody wants to be the one house on the block that lets their jack-o-lanterns rot on the stoop until Thanksgiving, but you don’t have to toss them in the garbage right away, either! Here are seven fun things to do with your old pumpkins.
Carved Pumpkins
Carved pumpkins will rot quickly, so it’s best to get them off your stoop and put them to work as soon as possible.
Compost It
Pumpkins are full of nutrients, which makes them a great fertilizer. Just make sure you remove the seeds before you add them to your compost pile (unless you want baby pumpkins cropping up in your garden next year).
Bury It
No compost pile? No problem. Simply bury your jack-o-lantern in your winter garden. It will decay quickly and enrich the soil.
Share It
You may be done with your jack-o-lantern, but the leftovers are a delicious snack for animals like deer, squirrels and birds. Place your pumpkin in a spot where you don’t mind a little wildlife activity and let the feast begin.
Uncarved Pumpkins
If you didn’t use a knife on your pumpkin this Halloween, there’s a ton you can do with it now. However, only cook and eat your leftover pumpkin if you used non-toxic paint and materials to decorate it.
Make Pumpkin Puree
This is an easy and popular pumpkin dish. Simply cut your pumpkin in half or in quarters, scoop out the seeds and guts, and place your pumpkin face down in a baking dish that’s filled with 1 cup of water. Bake for 90 minutes or until the pumpkin flesh is tender, then scoop it out and puree it in a food processor. You can use this to make pumpkin pie, cake, muffins or bread!
Eat The Seeds
If you’re looking for a healthy snack to munch on for the rest of fall, look no further than your pumpkin! All you need to do is wash, drain and toast the seeds, then add the seasoning of your choice. For specific instructions, try this recipe from FitSugar.
Turn It Into A Planter
Post-Halloween pumpkins make for a unique addition to your winter garden. To convert it, cut a large hole at the top and hollow out the center. Then drill a small hole at the bottom for drainage and fill the pumpkin half-full with potting soil. Add some seasonal plants like pansies or thyme, water thoroughly and enjoy your seasonal planter!
Prepare For Thanksgiving
One fall holiday is over, but there’s another one right around the corner. Upcycle your Halloween pumpkin by turning it into a Thanksgiving centerpiece! As long as your pumpkin wasn’t damaged or munched on by animals during its stint on your doorstep, it should last for a few months before it starts to rot. If you want to give it a nice shine and preserve it better, rub some Vaseline into a rag and buff the surface.
To view the full post with the mentioned links, and to read all of our great home tips, please visit: http://bit.ly/OldPumpkins

Top Hometalk Projects

30 Creative Ways To Repurpose Baking Pans
15 Amazing Craft Projects That You Can Do Under 15 Minutes
30 Great Ideas For Every Pet Owner!
The Best Industrial Style DIY Ideas For Your Home Using Pipes
14 DIY Must-Haves For All Camping Trips
31 Astounding Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Contact Paper
25 Decor Ideas That Will Add Some Spring to Your Home
17 DIY Projects You Can Start And Finish Tonight
Jazz Up Your Bathroom With These 30 Stylish Additions
Instantly Upgrade Your Living Space With These Amazing DIY Ideas
31 Clever Ideas To Reuse Muffin Pans And Cupcake Liners
15 Clever Repurposing Ideas That Will Add Some Creativity to Your Home
The Easiest Ways to Grow a Bumper Crop of Tomatoes
Keep Your Craft Supplies Organized With These Fun Storage Ideas
13 Spectacular Ways To Display Your House Number
BrightNest

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

Go

Have a question about this project?

Join the conversation

1 comment
Your comment...