Let’s Skip the Pumpkin Carving

I know what you’re thinking, “What? Are you serious?” Growing up, we carved pumpkins as a family on an annual basis. I remember plastic tarps being laid down, guts being scattered across the floor and inevitably me asking for help with a much too difficult design I chose to tackle. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not against carving pumpkins, I absolutely love it (and the freshly baked, seasoned seeds that follow). In fact, all throughout college I made it a point to buy a pumpkin and carve it, even if my roommates didn’t join me because truthfully it didn’t feel like Halloween unless it was done.Let me preface the rest of this post by saying I’m not telling you to skip carving entirely, that would be horrible and a little saddening. All I’m saying is there are countless creative ways you can decorate your pumpkins to ensure they sustain a little longer during the month of October without turning grey and smelly. Here are some of my favorite painted and decorated pumpkins you just might want to try your hand at:

  • Floral painted designs. Let your girly, beautiful side flourish (no pun intended) as you shake up the norm and add extra color and zest to your fall decorations.

  • Donut’cha love a yummy pumpkin? White pumpkins are practically everywhere you look. They make for a nice, crisp statement that carries over long after Halloween has passed (perfect for Thanksgiving). However, they’re also the ideal blank canvas for you to paint…how delicious do these look?

Pumpkin Donute

  • What teal pumpkins stand for and why you need one on your porch this Halloween. For kids that have a food allergy, Halloween may not be as exciting as it seems to everyone else. Painting a pumpkin teal and leaving it on your porch is a sign that you have non-food treats such as bubbles, stickers, glow sticks, whistles, spider rings, etc. Will you join the #TealPumpkinProject? P.S. The gold sequined “boo” seen below can be shaped and attached using a hot glue gun!
  • Stenciled Festively for the Season. Leaf stencils are available at any craft store (Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Joann Fabrics, etc.) and even Walmart near the craft supplies. What I love most about this option is the fact that you can utilize so many different colors of paints: gold sparkle, yellow, red, white, silver, you choose! A combination of reds, yellows, and golds always makes for a pretty outcome and again, it’s perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving!
  • Chalk up your message. All you need is a spray can of chalkboard paint, chalk, and perhaps a stencil depending on your design. You can paint the entire pumpkin black and write a message on it or you can outline a festive face and add details with chalk.

Chalk

  • The brighter, the better. Do you have young children? This is the perfect, fun, not horribly messy pumpkin activity for you. Have them pick out a variety of crayon colors and unwrap them. Then glue them to the rivets along the stem of the pumpkin and utilize a hairdryer to get them to melt down. You can do this with a standard orange pumpkin, a white one, or an orange pumpkin painted white if you want a larger one and can’t seem to find one.

Crayon

  • You can’t go wrong with gold and blush. I’ve addressed it in a recent Instagram post and I’ll state it again, I used to hate pink. But lately I’ve come to love all things pink; especially the blush and rose gold hues. I absolutely love these white pumpkins with a little glitz and gold paired with the flowers—so feminine and fun!

XO

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