Day of the Dead Pumpkin Diorama

Day of the Dead Pumpkin Diorama - FeaturedImage

Hello again! I am back and just as I promised I am here to share the Hubs pumpkin diorama, he went with a more Halloweeny theme and made a Day of the Dead Pumpkin Diorama.

All of his items were bought at Michaels, with the exception of the Spooky Tree that I made from a Dollar Tree sound/motion witch decoration. Have a peek at the transformation, it’s pretty darn amazing. Not to toot my own horn or anything. Anyways back to the Day of the Dead Pumpkin Diorama.

Day of the Dead Pumpkin Diorama1

Day of the Dead Pumpkin Diorama

Supplies Needed: 

Day of the Dead Figurines
Black Moss (at least 4 bags)
Purple Battery Operated Lights
Lemax® Snow Display Platform, Set of 3 (from Michaels)
Styrofoam Sheet (one large one min. of 1/2″ thick)
Diorama Pumpkin
Spider Web
Black Paint & Paint Brushes
Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
Exacto Knife or Blade from a Rug Cutter


Paint the largest piece from the Snow Display Platform pack black and set aside to dry. Using a piece of the styrofoam sheet put your pumpkin on top of it and trace around the bottom area onto the styrofoam. Cut this piece out using either an Exacto knife or rug cutter blade. Place it inside the bottom of your pumpkin, if it’s to big cut a little more off. You’re going to want it to sit as flat as possible. Once you’ve got it cut to fit properly, pull it out a set aside.

Day of the Dead Pumpkin Diorama

Directions continued. . . 

Paint the inside of your pumpkin with the black paint. You may need to put a couple coats on, depending on how dark you want the backdrop to be. While your pumpkin is drying decide which figurines you want to be elevated. Arrange them on top of the styrofoam piece you cut out as the base. Take little pieces of styrofoam and elevate some, play around until you’ve got the desired effect/scene. When you’re certain as to which pieces you want elevated glue the elevation styrofoam pieces to the base. Don’t glue down your figurines yet.

Day of the Dead Pumpkin Diorama

Directions cont. 

When your pumpkin is dried place the base inside to make sure it sets firmly on the bottom. If it sets firmly inside then pull it back out and paint the base black. Let dry. Once it’s dried using your glue gun add some of the black moss to the base and sides of the elevation pieces. Then put the base inside the pumpkin and start gluing your figurines in place. Once you’ve gotten all of them glued down, add your lights and black moss in bare areas. I secured our lights with little dabs of glue.

Next, take some of the cobwebs and put little webs inside the pumpkin across the figures etc. We added some cobweb to the outside of ours, you can do this if you want. Then you’ll add any figures you’ve saved for the outside area. Glue everything in place and then secure your pumpkin to the base using the glue gun.

Day of the Dead Pumpkin Diorama

We added the Spooky Tree to the outside area of ours. The Hubs will be taking his to work with him, and he wanted sound effects. There are about 13 figurines on the inside of this diorama. We have another 8 in the outside area. Use your imagination and create a diorama suited to your tastes and likings. With a little bit of imagination, anything is possible.

I am working on loads more DIY and Craft projects, if you haven’t already followed my Pinterest boards I invite you to do so now. You’ll also find it useful to follow my Facebook Page, and Twitter account too. I have been having tons of fun creating classy, glamorous home decor using Dollar Tree items. Be on the lookout for some of my upcoming Christmas Crafts created with Dollar Tree finds.


Spread the love
  • 9

Leave a Reply