Hello, my dear friends! It’s Friday (hooray!!) and I hope you had the most spectacular week. We have been busy getting ready for Halloween at the Mobley household and I have been putting together 8 ways to decorate with pumpkins this year. I love this season and I love pumpkins. Carved, painted, bedazzled….if it involves my favorite orange squash, you can count me in. I am all about the jack-o-lanterns. Read on for my favorite ways to decorate with them!
DECORATE WITH PUMPKINS
CARVE THE CRAP OUTTA THOSE ‘KINS.
Ok that was cheesy. I get it. ALSO. Can we just laughed at how baby Adam and I look? But seriously. Who DOESN’T love carving pumpkins. It is totally one of my favorite parts of October. I am always blown away by the crazy art people can do with pumpkin carving. My dad is an artist and he always makes these incredible pumpkin carvings. I do really basic and unimpressive carvings (as clearly shown above)…but it’s fun none the less. 🙂 This year I think I am going to carve a white pumpkin. They just look so pretty with the candles inside!
PAINT ‘EM INSTEAD IF YOU’RE FEELING CRAFTY.
This tutorial is SUPER cool. Find it here! I just recently jumped on the bandwagon of pumpkin painting. I have seen some STUNNING painted pumpkins. You can decorate with pumpkins inside or outside. Either way, it is way less messy than carving and still just as fun. I bet it would be a lot easier with kids, too! No sharp knives involved at all. 🙂
I don’t really know what to call this type of pumpkin decorating. Basically, you take a sharp knife and you just shave away the parts of the pumpkin skin you don’t want in your design. This tutorial can be found here and is SUPER awesome! It is less messy than carving, because you don’t need to pull the guts out or poke all the way through the pumpkin. Super cute and fun and just another reason pumpkins are the bomb.
RUSSIAN NESTING DOLLS.
This is the coolest thing I’ve seen so far.
- Clear out a big orange sucker and carve a jack-o-lantern face.
- Cut the whole thing in half.
- Carve out a smaller, white pumpkin with a skull face.
- Stick the white pumpkin inside the broken orange pumpkin.
Sick, right? I am totally obsessed. Don’t think I won’t be trying this ASAP. I’ll let you know how it goes. Pictures to come. Stay tuned.
RHINESTONES AND SPIDERS.
When was the last time you heard those in the same sentence? I haven’t. But I like it. Better Homes & Gardens has you covered this season with this easy tutorial. Grab those white pumpkins, kiddos, because we are going to be using them a lot. This is so cute. Just use your handy bedazzler (don’t lie. we all have one from decorating our 8th grade talent show outfits…), and rhinestone that cute little pumpkin in the shape of a spider web. Craft stores sell large spiders to decorate with and you can easily spray paint it silver to match your rhinestones. Hot glue that arachnid to your pumpkin and voila! Rhinestones and spiders.
This is another cool idea that I came across in my search (here). A recipe pumpkin! It involves grabbing the largest pumpkin at the pumpkin patch and snagging the nearest sharpie. Choose an easy fall recipe (like pumpkin pie for instance) and write it in your prettiest handwriting on the front of the pumpkin. Set it up on your counter, or at a get together this October! It is the perfect way to share yummy recipes with your friends!
I love this idea (in-depth tutorial HERE courtesy of onsuttonplace.com). Mostly because I love how you can decorate with pumpkins and little gourds (and all things that are smaller than normal size, honestly). Cut out a large circle from cardboard and hot glue the tiny pumpkins all around it! Wrap with burlap or orange tulle and hang that pretty DIY project on your front door for everyone to see. Pumpkins are cool. They are also cute and perfect for Halloween. Want to spook it up? Wrap the pumpkins in fake spider webs and glue some more of those craft store spiders on the wreath. Done, and done.
This needs no explanation as I did this for my own table a few weeks ago! You can find the tutorial HERE. It has been so cute on my table this fall and as soon as I can make it over to my nearest craft store, I plan on exchanging the burlap ribbon for a black one and throwing fake spiders around like confetti. It’s kind of my thing.
There you go, party people! 8 ways to decorate with pumpkins this October. 🙂 I seriously love this time of year. It makes my heart so happy. Yesterday, I took some pictures with Michelle yesterday of my fall outfits and I just know you are going to love them. This season is all about hot chocolate, apple cider, cozy scarves and snuggles with your loved ones!
I hope you liked this compilation and that it gave you some fun ideas for how to decorate for this October! Tell me what you liked (or what you didn’t!) in the comments below. What is your favorite way to use pumpkins during this season?
Tag me in your pumpkin decorations on instagram! I want to see all your carved, painted and bedazzled pumpkins! Follow me on instagram @blondeandambitiousblog to see my (most likely a fail) carved pumpkin next week.
Thanks for stopping by,