DIY Mini Pumpkin Halloween Dip Bowl



Jack 'O' Lantern carved orange filled with a dip for Halloween

If you're looking for a perfect sized container to hold dips for a Halloween party or occasion, large orange fruit are just the perfect shape and size to use and they can easily be carved to look just like a small version of a Jack O' Lantern too. These are much more inexpensive to use than real pumpkins and means you can use many different ones for all your snacks and appetizers.

Luckily making this mini pot or dip bowl is fairly easy to do and makes for a fun DIY job. First, you need 1 large orange for each dip that you’re going to have. I made my containers on the actual day of the party, but you could make them the day before and then store them in the refrigerator.

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Here's How to Make the Mini Pumpkin Dip Pots


Note: I used oranges to make these but you could also use orange colored sweet peppers to create the same look.

Step 1: You'll notice that orange fruit don't tend to stand up all that well on their own. So, the first job you'll need to do is to flatten out the bottom of the fruit so that your crafty Halloween pot can stand up on its own.

Get an adult to cut a small and straight little wedge from the bottom of the orange using a sharp knife. You don't need to cut very much of the skin off and note that you're only cutting into the peel of the fruit and not into the inside pulp or flesh. When done correctly, your little pot will stand quite level on a flat surface.

Step 2: The next step is to cut off the top 1/3rd of the orange so that this makes a rough cauldron or pot shape. Do not throw this section away since it becomes a handy little 'lid' to the pot.


Step 3: Scoop out all the soft flesh inside the fruit. You don't need to waste the flesh at all. I definitely don't like waste and throwing good food away.

Last year I used the juicy flesh to make up some delicious Halloween drinks. I popped it all in the juicer to make fresh juice to use on it's own, used it in punch and in other drink concoctions. You can also pop it all into a blender until it makes a thick puree and then strain it with a fine sieve to get the juice.

Step 4: Decorate the front of the mini pumpkin container. I used a small knife to cut in basic faces out from the front to look like small Jack O' Lanterns.

Step 5: Line the inside of the hollowed out fruit with some foil or some baking parchment so your dip will not take on any flavor of the orange.

Step 6: Add your chosen dip inside. Pop the makeshift lids back on top, you may need to scrape the flesh from these too, and then keep them covered in the refrigerator until they are needed.

Breadsticks and custom made dip bowls for Halloween

Pumpkin Carving Kit

You don't need an actual pumpkin carving kit to make these DIY pumpkins, a sharp knife will do instead. But if you want to make some real pumpkins as matching decor for your Halloween party, then you'll need a sturdy carving kit to use.

Why not hollow out an actual pumpkin in the same way and use it to hold lots of sweet treats or candy for kids. Alternatively, fill a pumpkin with fruit snacks such as berries or grapes. I hope you've enjoyed reading my justhalloweencrafts page today, thanks for your visit. Let me know how you get on with using this idea.

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