Halloween Pumpkins Made Out Of Oranges
These Halloween Pumpkins made out of oranges may be the cutest thing on the planet! We were sitting down after school last night doing homework while enjoying a couple oranges as a snack when we started talking about Halloween. We love Halloween so plans on what we are going to do this year need to be talked about now.
My youngest started to draw a pumpkin face on her extra orange so I grabbed a knife to cut the top of the orange off so that I can attempt to carve the little pumpkin she just drew. I also grabbed my handy little melon scoop. After I cut the top of the orange closer to the top, I used the melon scoop to get the orange bits out of the center. She devoured every bit of orange I took out so none of it went to waste. Come to think of it, I don’t think an orange has ever gone to waste in this house. Apples yes, but not oranges.
The melon scoop worked nicely! It small enough to get into the tiny orange but sharp enough to grab it out also. I really, really like this melon scoop made by OXO Good Grips because it has two different sizes on it. I’ve used the bigger side for watermelon and the smaller side for oranges and cantaloupes. It’s a nifty little tool to have in the kitchen.
After the orange was carved I traced the pumpkin face design with a sharp knife with a small tip. I was surprised how easy it was to cut such small spaces so easily. I wouldn’t suggest the kids do this part for fear of cutting themselves though. I would let them draw the face and have an adult cut it out.
I had ordered a large set of battery operated flameless tea lights from Amazon before so I grabbed a few of those to place in the center of the orange. It fit perfectly!
I did notice on some of the oranges I wasn’t able to get them to sit exactly the way I wanted them to sit. It’s important to notice how the orange sits naturally before you trace the pumpkin face on it if you want it to sit perfectly. Another idea to get it to sit just where you want it would be to trim a small amount off the bottom of the orange to create a flat surface without making a whole in the orange. That forces the orange to sit exactly how you want it to.
If you need a bit of inspiration for pumpkin faces we have 25 different templates here! These are free printable pumpkin templates that you can print out and use on your Halloween Pumpkins. Or get creative, like my kids do, and make your own designs.
We just did made these Halloween pumpkins out of oranges last night so I’m not sure how long they will last before they start to mold. I’m guessing you could so a light bleach spray over them like you do pumpkins to avoid that.
I like to use the left over orange peels in vinegar as a scented cleaning solution. I don’t let the peels go to waste. Be sure to read our article: Top 10 Uses for Left Over Orange Peels here.
Here’s a few of the process photos we took for our Halloween pumpkins made out of oranges:
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