The Great Pumpkin

A trip to the pumpkin patch has multiple entities including candy apples, cider donuts, a hayride in the brisk fall weather and even trying your hand at the corn maze. At the end of the day, you leave the pumpkin patch with a full heart and a backseat full of pumpkins (or maybe just one). What’s next? Do you carve it? Do you paint it? The options are endless! Let’s talk all things pumpkin decorating and get this spooky season started.

Shaved Pumpkin

It’s like carving but without actually cutting out parts of the pumpkin. With shaving a pumpkin, you use an X-Acto knife to chisel your outline. Then use a linoleum cutter to slice off the top layers of the pumpkin skin. As for the design … that’s all up to you! If shaved down enough, you can cut the top of the pumpkin off and place a candle inside, in which the light will radiate through your silhouette.

Monogrammed Pumpkin

So classy, so chic … a monogrammed pumpkin is the perfect touch for your front porch this fall. Find a stencil that works for you and run with it!

Painted Pumpkin

Feeling like Van Gogh? Whether you’re gifted with the paint brush or dealing with little ones (babysitting, nieces, nephews, cousins), painting pumpkins is the perfect way to decorate without the mess. The type of paint that works best for this project is acrylic paint. If you want the painted look without the paint, you can use acrylic markers as well. Finish off your design by applying a sealant and varnish to prolong the quality of your design.

Glow in the Dark Pumpkin

While you have your paint pallet out, try your hand at glow in the dark paint. It’s a spunky way to illuminate your doorstep during trick-or-treating!

Animal Pumpkin

A quick trip to A.C. Moore is all you will need in order to stock up on the supplies for this one. Whether you want to make an owl, cat, or fox, these party animals will have your doorstep rocking. Bring your pumpkin to life with googly eyes, feathers, felt and so much more.

Floral Pumpkin

Get in tune with nature by hot gluing flowers on your perfect pumpkin. You can either use fresh or silk flowers to enhance this enchanted idea.

Cookie Cutter Pumpkin

Who would have thought a simple kitchen tool could be used for so much more? Dust off your cookie cutters and apply them to your pumpkin to get a look that is cookie cutter perfect! See the tutorial at Modern Parents Messy Kids.

Zombie Pumpkin

Perfect if you can get your hands on a white pumpkin, a zombie pumpkin is only complete with googly plastic eyeballs. Carve a mouth and add some fake blood and you’ll be on your way to spooky town with this creative idea! See the tutorial at Martha Stewart.

It’s safe to say after you try your hand at any of these creative ideas Charlie Brown won’t be the only one with a great pumpkin!


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