Can you believe October is already halfway over? Halloween is just a couple of weeks away. If you haven’t started on your pumpkin carving or crafting yet, now is the time to begin. Earlier in the month, we shared some of our favorite jack-o-lantern hacks. But carving isn’t the only way to decorate a pumpkin. Below, we’re sharing some alternative pumpkin decorating ideas. From paint jobs to plant holders, you may be surprised to see just how crafty you can get with everyone’s favorite fall squash.
Painting your pumpkin is a fun alternative to carving. You have so many options here, so don’t be afraid to get great creative with it. For example, we love the look of these easy spray-painted gold pumpkins. While you can paint real pumpkins, some tutorials suggest using plastic versions for a better result. If you go this route, check out your local dollar store for some cheap plastic or foam pumpkins. If you like the chevron look, try this tutorial, which suggests starting with foam pumpkins.
If glamorous pumpkins are your goal, glitter pumpkins are what you need to make. Gold glitter pumpkins will give your apartment a spooky yet slightly sophisticated vibe. It’s an ideal way to decorate for Halloween without sacrificing for style. And they’re super easy to make, so it’s a stress-free project. We especially love the look of multiple mini glitter pumpkins. Check out this simple tutorial here for instructions.
Pumpkin Bouquet Centerpiece
Out of all the pumpkin decorating ideas we found, this one is probably our favorite. It does involve a little bit of carving, but not nearly as much as a typical jack-o-lantern. Plus, you still get to scoop out all the pumpkin guts (let’s be real— it’s the best part). Simply carve a hole around the pumpkin’s stem, clean out the insides, and display your bouquet of choice in the center. We recommend using autumn blooms and foliage for a rustic seasonal look. Martha Stewart will walk you through it in this video tutorial.
Colorful Melted Crayon Pumpkins
You may have melted crayons in a previous craft project. It’s a super fun and easy way to create a colorful work of art. Good news — it works on pumpkins! All you have to do is peel your crayons and arrange them on top of a pumpkin. Then you’ll use a blow dryer to melt them into a masterpiece. This tutorial explains it all.
Ribbons pumpkins are the easiest on our list of pumpkin decorating ideas. Simply choose your favorite ribbon (small sizes work best) and wrap it around your squash. Tie the ends in a bow for a finished look. Pick out multiple styles of ribbon for an extra festive look. For additional help, check out HGTV’s guide to embellishing pumpkins with ribbon.
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