How To Make A Halloween Pumpkin Popsicle Stick Door Hanger Craft

Do you love Halloween as much as I do? It is in my top two favorite holidays – the other being Christmas, of course. And you know what I like most about Halloween? No, not the candy. Crafting. There are so many fun ways to craft Halloween (and Christmas too).

Because I am a Popsicle Ambassador and we eat a LOT of Popsicles, one art supply that is never in short supply is Popsicle sticks. So I decided to turn some plain ‘ole sticks into some Halloween fun.

The best part about crafting with Popsicle sticks is that it is totally green (reusing something that would otherwise be trashed) and practically free! (I mean you are gonna eat Popsicles anyway, right?) Oh, and it is super easy too.

Pumpkin Popsicle Stick Door Hangers

How To Make A Halloween Pumpkin Popsicle Stick Door Hanger


  • 13 Popsicle sticks
  • Orange paint (we use Crayola Washable Paint for everything because accidents happen)
  • 1 Pipe cleaner (or ribbon)
  • Glue (we use Elmer’s School Glue)
  • Black vinyl (alternates below)
  • Rubber cement & paper (optional – see below)

Tip – always make sure to thoroughly wash your Popsicle sticks. I throw ours in the dishwasher with the silverware.

The first step is to paint your Popsicle sticks. We’ve painted a lot of sticks in the past, but this time I decided to be brave and let my toddler paint with us. As I was setting things up, I had a light bulb moment. (Seriously, I am a genius.) 

One of the hardest things about painting Popsicle sticks is that they slide all over the place. So to make it easy for my toddler (and my Kindergartener), I placed a small dab of Rubber Cement on the back of each stick and stuck them to a piece of paper. Then my girls could paint without chasing sticks.
Tip: Use dab of Rubber Cement to keep Popsicle sticks from sliding.

Best idea ever. Will use this in many future projects.

Painting Popsicle Sticks
When the paint was dry, I just popped the sticks off the paper — ta-da.

(Plus my girls turned the piece of paper they painted on into a mini art project.)

Painted Popsicle Sticks

Once the paint is dry, it is time for assembly.

Simply place a thin line of glue on the side of each stick and stick 10 sticks together like so.

Popsicle Stick Craft Tip Wax Paper
Tip – Use a piece of wax paper to glue the sticks so you don’t end up gluing the project to something.

Then glue two sticks across the back on a diagonal and break the final stick in half to glue at the top and bottom (see picture). This secures your stick and makes the project study.

Popsicle Project
Glue your pipe cleaner (or ribbon) to the back to form a loop for the door hanger.

For the Pumpkin Face, I created a printable template.

Download the Pumpkin Face Template here.

After printing and cutting out the template, I traced it onto the back of a scrap piece of vinyl. Then I cut out the face pieces and stuck them on. (So easy.)

Pumpkin Popsicle Srick Halloween Craft
Alternative methods – If you don’t have vinyl lying around like I do, here are a couple of alternatives:

  • Trace your shapes onto black paper and glue the face on with a glue stick
  • Use the template to make a reverse stencil and use black paint or a Sharpie to create the face

And there you have it, a fun and season craft for the whole family (even toddlers). Now, go out and buy some Popsicles so you can enjoy eating your way to crafting.

Happy Crafting & Happy Halloween! 

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243 thoughts on “How To Make A Halloween Pumpkin Popsicle Stick Door Hanger Craft”

  1. Oh…I love the Popsicle Pumpkin! I think my 3 year old Grandson would love to make this for his pre-school classroom and for home. Adorable!!

  2. I think we’d do the DIY sight word game with the Popsicle sticks. It looks like a fun and creative way to encourage learning!

  3. We would love to make the Popsicle Picture Frame..maybe several of them to put around the house! Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!


  4. Like the Halloween pumpkin popsicle stick hanger since it is so close to Halloween, but the Popsicle picture frame would be great and easy to make with the kids also.

  5. This is adorable. I also want to make the sight words game that you did a tutorial about.

    Thanks for all of the fun projects- and a reason to eat more Popsicles!

  6. I would use the leftover popsicle sticks to make treasure boxes for my daughter. We made some this summer and they turned out very cute.

  7. I don’t think I would keep the popsicle sticks. I think I would give them to my younger cousins. I think they would enjoy them more than me

  8. i want to make a winter house with the kids or halloween house probaly would be better, we tried once but the kids were to small, so they are a little older now so i think it would be more fun for them. we will make some picture frames for gifts for the holidays, grandmas would love it

  9. I would make some magnetic picture frames for the fridge.

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  10. I love having different frames in my house with pictures and I like the craft called Popsicle Stick Picture Frame Kids Craft. I think this would make a cute frame for some of my pictures. I want to make this craft.

  11. I love the picture frame. It would make a great gift for thee grandparents. I will have to add it to our list for christmas crafts. Plus the Pumpkin door hanger is so cute.

  12. Hmmm.. I really like these pumpkin hangers, they are cute. I’ve actually never used my popsicle sticks for anything I must start saving them

  13. I will use our leftovers to make some star Christmas tree ornaments. I love your DIY Sight Words Game and when my girls are a little older I will be making it 🙂

  14. I really like your sight word game and will probably make that for the boy I watch! He’s in 1st grade and we are always looking for new ways to practice sight words 🙂

  15. A bowl for halloween candy – I’m positive my family could eat enough popsicles to get the amount of sticks needed! 😉

  16. I’m always looking for craft ideas to do with my 2 and 4 year old. My son is so excited about halloween this year so we’ll have to make this, i’d love to make the popsicle picture frame as well!


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