Creative Ways to Decorate Your Pumpkins this Halloween
With Halloween just around the corner, it is time to break out the carving tools, bundle up the kids and go pick out a suitable pumpkin. However, if you are bored of the same old pumpkin carving templates, now is the time to let your creative side out. Whether you enjoy a Halloween that is more colorful and cute or dark and terrifying, there are pumpkin decorating ideas for everyone.
The Painted Pumpkins
Carving pumpkins is a messy job. When you throw small children into the mix, it can also become dangerous if they are not careful with handling the carving tools. Acrylic paint is an easy medium that allows you or your children to paint the designs right on your pumpkin. Create ombre gradients that are light and cheerful, argyle designs in fall colors to show your love of all things pumpkin or use a stencil to paint on some intricate designs.
Paint several pumpkins, line them up and add some over-sized googly eyes to make a fun caterpillar or even a silly snake. The best part is that your pumpkins will last longer and you will not have to worry about cleaning up pumpkin goo from your front porch.
Add Some Sparkle or Shine
Everyone loves glitter, especially kids. Grab some craft glue and a variety of craft glitter colors to make a one-of-a-kind glitter pumpkin. If glitter is a bit too flashy, adding some gold leaf to the top of your pumpkins to make them shine or give them a more subtle sparkle by covering them in glue and adding Epsom salts. The possibilities are endless.
Turn Your Pumpkin into a Message Board
Make your pumpkin work for its spot on the porch. Cover it with chalkboard paint and use colorful chalk to leave friendly messages to your kids’ friends or your neighbors. Chalkboard paint can be found at any local craft store. It even now comes in a variety of colors so you can deviate from regular old chalkboard black to pale blue, pink and even orange. Use these pumpkins to warn trick-or-treaters of any ghostly intruders or undead that may be hanging around.
Poke Holes in Your Pumpkins for Extra Fun
If you want to get creative without having to carve intricate designs, use those carving tools to poke holes in your pumpkins. You will still need to scoop out the goop, but going with spots and dots give you a ton of decorating options. If you do not have carving tools, you can use a power drill or even just a hammer and nails. Make sure to supervise any young children. Sketch the design on the pumpkin before beginning to make your holes so there is enough space between each hole.
Poke a star pattern or constellations in your pumpkin and then place a candle inside. When placed in front of a wall, the pumpkin will cast the light and create interesting shadows that may give your home a spooky aesthetic. You can even poke holiday lights through the holes, turn the pumpkin on the side and turn it into a pumpkin porcupine. If you want to avoid using candles or holiday lights, you can use colored thread and make an embroidered pumpkin.
Have Fun with Your Pumpkins this Year
Decorating your Halloween pumpkins should be a fun experience for the whole family. However, is is a messy project that can take time that you may not have due to a busy school or work schedule. However, this does not mean you should skip decorating pumpkins altogether. With these pumpkin decorating ideas, maybe you and your family will have fun brainstorming new ways to have fun with these traditional decorations.