Halloween: DIY Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Bowling

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Are you looking for a fun and easy DIY Jack-O-Lantern themed project that the kids will be sure to love? If so keep reading to see how easy it was for me to make DIY Jack-O-Lantern Bowling Pins by upcycling empty soda bottles. Gather up a few simple materials and get started creating Jack-O-Lantern themed bowling pins that are sure to be the hit of your next Halloween party!


10 empty soda bottles with lids (I used 2 liter bottles but you could also use smaller sized bottles)
Orange Spray Paint
Black Permanent Markers
Goo Gone
Clean rag or towel


Step 1: Collect empty soda bottles – once you have ten you are ready to move on to the next step.

Step 2: Peel the labels off the bottles. Use a cleaning spray or something like Goo Gone on the adhesive residue that is left. Tip: Remove as much of the plastic wrapper as possible prior to attempting to remove the adhesive residue.

Step 3: Open the bottles and add a few inches of water to weigh the bottles down. Dry the bottles thoroughly.

Step 4: Prepare a spot outside to spray paint the bottles (I laid out old newspaper) – make sure it is not a windy day as spray paint travels. Completely spray paint all of the bottles and caps while they are standing up. Allow to dry thoroughly. Apply a second coat or paint f needed.

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Step 5: Draw on jack-o-lantern faces with black permanent marker (this is a great step to get the kids involved).

Step 6: Set the “pins” up in a triangle shape (4, 3, 2, 1). Find a ball and start bowling. Tip: Adding and removing water will increase or decrease the level of difficulty.

This project took me less than day to complete from start to finish. The bulk of the time was spent waiting for the paint to dry completely.

jack-o-lantern bowling3My kids are loving the Jack-O-Lantern themed bowling pins and head out every afternoon to bowl!

Are you looking for some other great projects to do with your kids this fall? If so take a peek at some of our families favorites below:

How to Make a Halloween Wreath for Under Five Dollars

Spook-takular Family Fun Pumpkin Carving Party

One of our favorite projects – our Father’s Day Handprint Platter would also be really cute to modify with a Halloween theme – be on the lookout for that coming soon!

Shannon is a part time working mom of two kids, a dog, and a rabbit. She is a Disney loving mom working on creating Disney loving kids. On her blog, Crafty Mama in ME, Shannon shares about their lives including crafts, baking, and family travels. Follow along and keep up with the latest from Crafty Mama in ME on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

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Welcome to See Vanessa Craft! I’m Vanessa, an MSSW and mom of two in Arizona, and I’m happy you’re here to get inspired with me. It’s my mission in life to spread creativity through crafts, recipes, travel and more in order to live a life well lived.