Every year I think about decorating pumpkins . . . and every year I avoid it because of the smell of the insides while carving. Or maybe it’s touching the smooshy guts. I’m not sure, but at this point in my life I would rather find other ways to decorate a pumpkin besides carving. If you are like me, or even if you just want something you can keep year after year, you’ll love these 20 ideas. Some of them use faux pumpkins, and others use real pumpkins (but you can recreate these on faux pumpkins too!). They range from painting to glue to nailheads . . . and all of them are awesome. Scroll down to see them!
Paint the design of your choice on a pumpkin, then add Sparkle Mod Podge to make it bling.
Use brads and thread to turn a real pumpkin into a way to display a special date.
Use chalkboard paint on a real or fake pumpkin to create a writing surface – you can draw anything you like with chalk!
Make a bold statement with this typographic pumpkin – that you can make in minutes.
This cool diorama features a skeleton and glows when you turn the lights out.
Make teeny bats out of cardstock and attach to a real pumpkin using glue dots.
Use paint directly from the bottle to decorate a pumpkin with a chevron pattern – and you can be done in minutes.
Turn a faux pumpkin into a pretty kitty with felt and pipe cleaners.
Lidy turned faux pumpkins into woodland dioramas with a few simple supplies.
Golden doilies add a sophisticated touch to to real pumpkins
How can you improve a simple painted pumpkin? Add bling-y sequins.
Bright and Sparkly
For a simple solution to making a statement pumpkin, just add glitter.
Use your favoritje paint colors to turn a pumpkin into an argyle statement piece.
Candy Corn Owl
Decorate a faux pumpkin with paint in a candy corn motif, then add wings and eyes to make a fun owl.
Jack O’ Lantern
In this alternative to carving, you paint a happy face on your pumpkin using acrylic paint.
Find the step-by-step at Pearl + Earl’s
Carve and paint a fake pumpkin, then add a jaunty top hat made from cardboard.
I love this idea of decorating pumpkins by creating designs using nailheads.
Twisting wire into cool shapes and poking them into a real pumpkin gives a super cool effect.
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Decorate a painted pumpkin with another natural material – leaves.
Inspired by the DIY canvases, Alexa turned a pumpkin into subway art using vinyl stickers and spray paint.