Pumpkins After the Patch

Valley absolutely adores everything about fall. The best thing about the season is the trip to the pumpkin patch. Valley is here to give you some major pumpkin decorating inspiration. So, once your done taking cute photos at the patch, you can go home and get your carve on with these simple ideas.

Penn State Pride

Skip the classic jack-o-lantern face this year and carve something with spirit. Why not show off your love for Penn State? The PSU pride designs are endless. Carve “PSU,”PENN STATE,” or “STATE.” Not in the mood for letters? Carve a simple paw on the front of the pumpkin. If you are feeling ambitious and particularly artistic on your pumpkin carving day, Valley invites you to carve the Nittany Lion symbol on the front of your pumpkin. Be cautious when you are carving because this design can get a little tricky. Valley recommends that you draw your design on your pumpkin before you start carving. That way you can carve the pumpkin accurately, and end up with a beautiful Nittany Lion.

Painted Pot

For inspiration, turn to Good Housekeeping. Valley absolutely loved its ideas, and we just had to share one with you. Do you find yourself buying beautiful flower bouquets at the Farmer’s Market every Tuesday and Friday? Did you pick up a pumpkin while you were there, too? Well, Valley found the perfect way to combine both into one epic October decoration.

Start by cutting a hole at the top of your pumpkin. With a spoon, scoop out all of those slimy innards, and then scrape the edges of the pumpkin clean. Then, find your favorite color spray paint and cover the pumpkin with color. Once the paint dries, take the handle of a spoon and scrape away the paint into any design that you like. As soon as you finish scraping, add water to the pumpkin, and arrange your fresh flowers in your new vase. Don’t have fresh flowers? No fear! Skip the water and just add some fake flowers for a no-maintenance decoration. This festive, fresh and fun DIY vase is sure to add a little fall magic to your dorm or apartment.

Chalkboard Chic

Valley loves how easy this DIY is. Simply wash the pumpkin, spray the pumpkin with chalkboard paint and let it dry. Once it dries, you have the perfect canvas to decorate on. Grab some chalk and draw away. Valley is obsessed with this decorating idea because it is so versatile. If you ever get tired of the jack-o-lantern face that you drew on your pumpkin, simply wipe it away and draw something else. You can even use it as a reminder board. Whatever you decide to do, this easy DIY is sure to bring on the Halloween spirit.

No matter what you decide to do with your pumpkin, Valley knows that it will be amazing. And, don’t forget to save those pumpkin seeds. Check out Food Network’s Roasted Pumpkin Seeds recipe for a delicious fall snack. Happy carving!