Pumpkin Craft for Halloween

It’s Halloween-a-palooza at our house this week.  Are you a big celebrator of holidays like this one?  My kiddos are going nuts for any distracting crafts keeping them at bay until Halloween and the massive drop of candy this weekend.

I’m doing my best to oblige.

pumpkin craft

This is the easiest craft known to man.  Easy pumpkin craft for Halloween?  Check.

Oranges with Jell-O brains?  Check, check.


Supplies for Orange pumpkins:

  • 2 packages of Jell-O
  • 3 or 4 big Oranges
  • paring knife
  • spoon


Make your Jell-O.  I chose red because I wanted red Jell-O brains.  I mean, they don’t sell grey Jell-O, so red seemed like the next logical option.

Follow the directions on the box for Jell-O jigglers.  It’s basically just really stiff Jell-O, using about half the water.  Once it’s set {4 hours or overnight}, you’ll have really non-jiggly stuff for making brains.

Put it off to the side while we get carving.


Pretend your Orange is a pumpkin.  Go Pumpkin Zen on me for a minute.

slice of orange

You’re going to cut off a slice on the bottom so it will stay upright while you work.


Now cut the top off and start scooping out the innards.


Also? Awesome.

carved oranges

Now carve that little baby up like you would a pumpkin.  However, *cough, cough* Oranges are much easier to carve, and you have a tiny tiny itty bitty space to carve so be careful with your knife.

I may have mangled an Orange or two in the process.


Now’s the time for your Jell-O to shine.  Carve it up into little cubes.  They don’t tear at all if you’ve done it right, and I know you’ll do it right.

jell-o pumpkin

Now fill ‘er up.

pumpkin craft

An Orange pumpkin treat filled with Jell-O brains, for whatever occasion you deem appropriate.




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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. kelleyn :

    Adorable! Thanks for sharing.

    • Allison :


  2. Helen Jane :

    Love it!

    • Allison :

      Now if you can find me some Grey jell-o, we’re onto something!

  3. Jamie S :

    This is so cute I almost want to host a party so I have an excuse to make them.

    • Allison :

      Seriously, you should do it. And if you don’t have a party, you should at least make one for yourself.

  4. Alecia @ Savings & Stewardship :

    I love this!! Thanks for the inspiring idea of our Halloween party this weekend. I’m thinking I might add some of that orange pulp to my jell-o, too – just to give it a cool texture! Love it.

    • Allison :

      Oh, that would be fun! I love that.

  5. Marie :

    Are you kidding me?! These are stinkin’ adorable! I’m dying!

    • Allison :

      Well, well, well. If I’ve impressed Marie, the high priestess of craftiness, I’ve done my job.

  6. Carey McG :

    This is so dang cute. You can make a greyish colored jello if you mix 3 grape and 2 orange colors together!

    • Allison :

      Oh my gosh. I didn’t think of that. Gross. And also fabulous.

  7. Jackie@Gift Basket Ideas :

    These are sooo cute. My son and husband are always running around playing zombies and pretending to eat each others brains (gross I know!) They would love the jello brains, very clever. Thanks for sharing :)

    • Allison :

      You absolutely must make jell-o brains then. Must.

  8. Cat Rocketship :

    That is terribly, terribly brilliant. I tried to make a pumpkin topiary this year, but I may have slugged through a high-proof beer before I started, so it didn’t turn out all that pretty and I ditched it in favor of additional jack-o-lanterns.

    • Allison :


      You’re killing me Cat, that’s fantastic.

  9. Emily :

    This is a really, really cute and simple idea. I love it!!!

    • Allison :

      Simple is my middle name babe, if it isn’t simple, it isn’t happening.

  10. Doll Clothes Gal Pal :

    This is amazing! I am going to try this out tomorrow night! :)

    • Allison :

      Oh, do it! Let me know how it goes.

  11. Alicia W. :

    Cute! I think the handful of grade schoolers coming for my daughter’s party will love these with their pizza. :)

    • Allison :

      Seriously, my Kindergartner went bananas for this. Try it!

  12. Tracy :

    Hi Allison – This was my favorite Halloween fun treat/craft to make this season. I blogged about it today! My girls LOVED them. I had to improvise as I just wanted to use up our tangerines…so carving those little suckers was a bit of a pain…but the results were awesome.

    Thank you so much for the wonderful idea!

    • Allison :


      Oh hip, hip, HOORAY! So happy to hear it. I love this craft. Easy and adorable!