I had the idea for DIY Pumpkin bowls a few weeks ago and once it was on my mind, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. When I decided I was going to make a fall holiday tablescape, I knew I had to have these included. Also, fun fact about me, the only thing “pumpkin” that I like are their seeds and candles that smell like them. And I think they’re super aesthetically pleasing. But that’s about it (don’t hate me if you are a die hard PSL lover).
This project was surprisingly easy, and that could maybe be because I had Matthew and his younger brother take all of the guts and seeds out of each pumpkin, but even then, this project is crazy easy!
Step 1: Get all of the fun pumpkins. Big, small, bumpy, slick, just get them all.
Step 2: Depending on what you are using the bowls for, cut anywhere from 2/3 to 3/4 of the way up (closest to the stem).
Step 3: Take all of the the guts out and don’t forget to save the seeds in case you want to cook them up— see 4 ways to make pumpkin seeds here!
Step 4: Scrape the inside of the pumpkins so the walls are mostly smooth.
Step 5: Cut a square of plastic wrap, place it over the pumpkin, and then push it inside of the pumpkin. Straighten and flatten it out against it’s walls— this way you can add pretty much any food without having to worry about it having a pumpkin taste!
Step 6: Fill the bowls!
I am a huge fan of Trader Joes because they always have things that are unique, delicious, and reasonably priced. You could really use anything you’d like to fill the bowls, but here is what I used! And the pastries were just an extra because they looked way too delicious.
My favorite bowl that was made was the soup bowl because it just looked the most “right”. And a close second was the popcorn bowl. I can’t wait to use these bowls for serving dinner at our next dinner party.
Also, fun fact, those tiny little pumpkins are perfect to use as bowls too. Put different sauces in them for dipping or even mixed nuts— I used pistachios. And if you want to get super festive, add some of the pumpkin seeds that you cooked!
And don’t forget to use these pumpkin bowls to decorate your table this Thanksgiving!
Now go get out there and make all the pumpkin bowls and show them off so all your friends can think you worked super hard— even though your kids really did the hard work. 😉