Stranger Things Are Happening in This DIY Mini Jack-O’-Lantern Diorama
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Stranger Things Are Happening in This DIY Mini Jack-O’-Lantern Diorama

Confession: I haven’t finished Stranger Things. I’m about two months late and still only on episode five. But while I can’t claim super fan status, I can say one thing about Stranger Things: I love how eerie it is. It’s a no-brainer that this Halloween is all about celebrating Stranger Things, and I just had to pair it with my passion for architectural models. I present to you: Tiny Stranger Things. It’s a refreshing update to the classic Jack-o’-Lantern that’s so relevant.

This tiny pumpkin diorama is the perfect office desk decor. It says “I appreciate Halloween” without completely letting your freak flag fly. Subtlety is key with the ‘ween decor.

Materials and Tools:

  • glitter
  • permanent marker
  • paint brush
  • black acrylic paint
  • spoon
  • knife
  • mini pumpkin
  • moss and dried foliage
  • model people

Grab your materials. It’s time to whip out those fine motor skills!

Make a rectangle using permanent marker.

Using a serrated knife, carefully cut along your lines. Remove the seeds with a spoon, making sure to scrape away as much of the loose pumpkin fibers as possible. Pat the inside of the pumpkin dry with a paper towel.

Paint the inside of the pumpkin with the black acrylic paint and add glitter while the paint is still wet. Allow the paint to dry completely (about two hours) before moving onto the next step.

Place a layer of moss on the bottom of the pumpkin and trim your dried botanicals to fit inside of the pumpkin. Pierce twigs into the flesh of the pumpkin to keep them in place.

When you’re happy with your composition, place a few model people into your diorama. I purchased jogging figurines and policemen to create a spooky chase scene.

That’s all it takes to make a spooky mini Jack-o’-Lantern that’s perfect for your desk.

This tiny diorama is sure to draw a crowd full of curious spectators.


What spooky critters are you hiding in your tiny Jack-o’-Lanterns? Show us your project by tagging us on Instagram and using the hashtag #iamcreative!

DIY Production and Styling: Marianne Koo

Photography: Kurt Andre