With Halloween being just a few weeks away, it’s time to get started on your spooky craft projects (if you haven’t already). Previously, we shared a few 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. We especially love the look of these easy spray-painted gold pumpkins. And 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’re a chevron fan, try this tutorial, which suggests starting with foam pumpkins.
This year hasn’t been an easy one. It’s safe to say we’re all in need of some rest, relaxation, and self-care. This spa-inspired pumpkin personifies the R&R vibe, and they’re easy to make with a small bath towel you have on hand. Paint a face on your pumpkin and let it be your daily reminder to slow down this October.
If glamorous pumpkins are your goal, glitter pumpkins are what you need. Gold glittery pumpkins will give your apartment an elevated vibe while still staying spooky. With these pumpkins, you can decorate for Halloween without sacrificing for style. And they’re super easy to make, so it’s a stress-free project. Check out this simple tutorial here.
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 (the best part of pumpkin carving, right?). 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.
If succulents are more your style, you can use a pumpkin as a temporary pot for your favorite little plant babies. Succulent varieties like hens and chicks, jade, and dudleyas are all great options, and these pumpkins make gorgeous centerpieces. Here’s a tutorial from HGTV on how to create your own.
You may have melted crayons in a previous craft project — it’s a super fun and easy way to create a colorful works of art. And 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.
Ribbon-adorned pumpkins are the easiest craft 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.
Try choosing a theme for your pumpkin and decorating it accordingly. Your theme can be whatever you want it to be, from your favorite movie to your favorite activity or pastime. Or, recreate the mermaid pumpkin seen here using pastel paints and glittery decorations.
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