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Magical Pumpkin Wands | Time to Create with Lady Lucas

Written by Ashley Lucas

I know it’s September, but I’m already thinking about Halloween non-stop! It’s never too early to start putting out some harvest pumpkin decorations in the fall, so here’s a craft that is sure to please as a centerpiece on your table, party favor for kids or even as a colorful gift!

Materials you will need:

  • Foam or cardboard pumpkin cut-outs

  • Permanent markers

  • Colorful paper straws

  • Strong craft glue or hot glue

  • Ribbons, Halloween findings

  • Blush or red marker {optional}


*Paper straws are readily available at Target and party stores. Pumpkin cut-outs can be found this time of year at the dollar store, Target or A.C. Moore. Michael’s should also have them in stock.



Step 1 Decide how many magical pumpkin wands you’d like to make. Take out as many pumpkin cut-outs and paper straws as you will need.


Step 2 Decorate the pumpkin cut-outs with a permanent marker. Create cute and scary jack-o-lantern faces. This part is appropriate for even the smallest child. Get creative and give one pumpkin some reading glasses! If you’d like rosy cheeks, you can use a red marker or real makeup blush on a dry paintbrush.



Step 3 Tie festive ribbons around the top of the paper straws about one inch down from the top. Add Halloween findings if you have them. I had these cute foam candy corns on wires so I added them to my wands as well.


Step 4 Glue the pumpkin ‘head’ on the top of the wand using a strong craft glue and let it dry for a few hours. Hot glue is instant, so I prefer that method if you have a hot glue gun handy. For very small children you could even use clear tape, but keep in mind your wands won’t last too long, especially after playing with them for a few hours.


Step 5 Display your pumpkin wands creatively throughout the house in vases, planters or at mealtime. The kids can spend hours playing with them this October!

Ashley Lucas {aka Lady Lucas} is a local Jersey City illustrator and arts instructor. She has written and illustrated various children’s books, and is releasing her second picture book this fall. She teaches private art lessons to children in the Jersey City area and loves the magical artwork that kids create!

Don’t forget to stop by Ashley’s blog on JCFamilies. Visit every month to see a new crafting idea for your child and please Like, Share or Comment on this craft if you enjoy it!

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