Halloween is just around the corner! Carving and decorating pumpkins is a favorite pastime this time of year. Though cute, the traditional jack-o-lantern with triangle eyes and a goofy grin can get boring. There are so many different and festive ways to style a pumpkin, so why not mix it up this year?
We have scoured the web and put together a fun list of pumpkin carving and decorating ideas to keep your creative juices flowing and make your pumpkins the most talked about on the block!
- Melted Crayon Pumpkin- We found this no carve pumpkin decorating idea on Sam_Thrive360Living’s Instagram.
- Materials: Real white pumpkin (or orange), crayons, tacky glue, blow dryer, garbage bag or draping of some sort to catch any mess.
- How to: Unwrap crayons, colors of your choosing, then cut the crayons in half. Glue between 16-20 crayon pieces around the top of the pumpkin using the tacky glue. After the glue dries, set your pumpkin on the garbage bag, use the blow dryer to melt the crayons. If you use a dryer that doesn’t blow too hard, directing the melting should be easy.
- Glow in the Dark Pumpkin- Another no carve decorating idea. This one was found on ilovetocreateblog.com.
- Materials: Real (or faux) white pumpkin- or you could paint an orange one white, Tulip Glow in the Dark paint, black light (optional).
- How to: Grab your paint and draw any pattern you wish on your pumpkin! Once the paint has dried you can display your pumpkin under a black light to really make the colors pop. The sun will charge them, and it will glow in the dark without a black light, but the black light gives it a little extra oomph.
- Glitter Pumpkin- There are a lot of examples of this online, however we are referencing the one we found on the HGTV
- Materials: pumpkins various sizes (and colors if desired), colored glitter, spoon, spray adhesive, small paintbrush, brown craft paint, roll of craft paper, newspaper
- How to: Put down a layer of newspaper topped with a sheet of craft paper to protect the work surface. Then select pumpkins of various sizes and colors, and decide which ones will receive which color glitter. Spray the top and middle portion of a pumpkin with spray adhesive. While the glue is still wet, use a spoon to sprinkle glitter over the sticky surface of the pumpkin. Allow to dry. Tip: Unless you want to glitter the stem, try not to spray it with adhesive. Cover it with painter’s tape if necessary. Pick up the pumpkin and shake off any glitter that didn’t fully adhere. Set the pumpkin aside and fold the craft paper to funnel the excess glitter back into its original container. Place the pumpkin back on the craft paper, tipping it to the side so you can apply spray adhesive to the bottom. Spoon on glitter until the entire surface of the pumpkin is covered. Allow adhesive to dry, then shake off remaining excess glitter. Optional: Skip this step and only cover the top of the pumpkin, if you’d prefer. Use a small paintbrush to apply brown craft paint to the stem of the pumpkin to help it stand out.
- Succulent Pumpkin- We came across this gem at flowerduet.com. What’s great about these is that they should last a few months if you keep them in a cool spot and mist them twice a week with regular tap water. So, they will make a great Thanksgiving centerpiece as well!
- Materials: Large pumpkin (flatter tops are best), Tacky glue (spray and clear gel), Sphagnum Moss (wear gloves when handling the moss), plant shears, scissors, assorted succulent plants.
- How to: Use the spray glue and spray it over the top of the pumpkin to attach the moss, press down on the moss to make sure that is sticks. Trim the moss with your scissors so that it is nice and tidy. The idea is that the moss will be covered in succulents and not showing. Attach succulent to the moss. Use the gel tacky craft glue to attach the succulent to the moss. Just do one succulent at a time. Glue then place…glue then place. NOTE: The succulents will attract water from their leaves and send out roots to the moss from the other parts of their stems. It’s okay to cover the bottom of the stem with the glue. Start at almost center with larger cuttings and work your way out to the edges using smaller plants and cuttings as you go. The glue will take about 30 minutes to dry, so keep that in mind as you are working. For care tips, refer to the webpage.
- Materials: Small/medium pumpkins, white paint or spray paint, gold paint (or other color of your choosing)
- How to: Spray-paint small gourds and pumpkins white. Once dry, dip the bottoms in gold paint. Make sure your container is wide enough to fit the base of the pumpkin, and dip deeper on one side for an asymmetrical look. The webpage says, “We placed ours on empty egg cartons to let them dry, then flipped them upside down to let the bottoms fully cure.”
There are a lot of great pumpkin carving ideas to find these days. They have books with neat patterns at the stores, and Pinterest is full of ideas and free printable stencils. The downfall to carving a pumpkin is that your creation will usually only last a few days. Here are a few ideas on how to help your carving keep longer.
- Bleach bath: After carving, give the pumpkins a bleach bath. Use one teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water. Soak the pumpkins for 4-6 hours, occasionally pouring some of the water over the pumpkins and turning them. Why it works: The water helps hydrate the pumpkins which prevents rotting, and the bleach helps kill any bacteria and get rid of any dirt which prevents molding; further helping to keep the pumpkins from rotting.
- Vaseline: A bit messy, but it helps keep carved pumpkins for at least a week or two. Wear a glove, and apply Vaseline to he carved parts of the pumpkin and the pumpkins interior. This prevents dehydration and mold growth.
- WD-40: Mineral oil is one of the main ingredients in WD-40, and mineral oil will prevent the pumpkins from drying out. Spray over the carved parts of the pumpkin.
- Cooking oils: Cooking oils such as vegetable oil and coconut oil will prevent pumpkins from rotting. Simply rub the oil on the carved pumpkin areas and reapply as needed.
- Pumpkin Fresh: Pumpkin fresh is a store-bought pumpkin preserver that works wonders!