It's spooky season! And you know what that means...it's almost time to turn that decorative front-porch pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern masterpiece! Read on to find some of our ideas for pumpkin carving and decorating!
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Are you in need of some inspiration? There's so much untapped potential in the un-carved gourds that adorn our front door stoop or haunted houses. Whether you plan to carve a traditional jack-o-lantern or venture into new creative territory with your Halloween decorations, here are some Halloween pumpkin ideas that may inspire you this Halloween!
You can never go wrong with easy pumpkin carving ideas. It saves a lot of work in the brainpower. A cat pumpkin, a ghost pumpkin, Mickey Mouse, a bat shape, a dog, or even just the classic spooky grin can be enough to make a front porch festive. Toothpicks can make ghoulish teeth, too! Check out this pumpkin trio who can't hear, see, or speak "evil."
Scary pumpkins don't just have to be creepy faces. Listen, it's not an easy world out there. Some of my favorite pumpkins I've seen are the ones that truly hit a nerve. They depict truly horrifying aspects of adulthood like student debt, Wi-Fi down, tax forms, jeans I wore before COVID, check engine lights. All things that make my heart start racing. Don't be afraid to tap into what truly scares you. While there are plenty of stencil templates online, make your own DIY pumpkin carving stencil with a printed picture and box cutter.
Do you have a TV show that you're currently obsessed with? A lot of people are into Schitt's Creek right now (we're feeling blessed that the last season dropped early on Netflix). That's why we love these 4 pumpkins portraying the iconic Rose family by @thesmallprint), and we love the added touch of each one lit with a different color. Whether it's a TV show, movie, or character, don't be afraid to put your carving skills to the test and make a pumpkin that showcases your favorite things!
Have you ever seen a napkin that just felt too pretty to use for dinner? I know I have. That's where Mod Podge comes in handy! We really love this project by Kali (@kbdesign02025)-- pumpkins with a chinoiserie pattern. For this project, plastic pumpkins work too. Coat the pumpkins in Mod Podge, layer on the napkin, and add another coat of glue! Let it dry, and marvel at your masterpiece. You can even add other embellishments like ribbon or fabric. This can be a great idea if you have little ones because it doesn't involve using a knife. You may want to use white pumpkins instead of orange pumpkins for this project, as it provides a better canvas.
One year, my brother had a large pumpkin as a "zombie" biting the head of a smaller pumpkin. Of course, in true teenage boy fashion, there was a bottle of fake blood involved. This larger pumpkin eating a smaller one is a great idea, especially if you give the larger pumpkin some scary teeth!
Some of us are just into fall things, and not as into creepy crawlies or ghosties and ghoulies. And that's okay! For us, that's where these fun fall-themed decorated pumpkins come in! We love this idea by @girl_with_the_green_sofa. It's simple, elegant, and perfect for a rustic fall theme. We also love the idea (by @wovenchildhood) of creating a rustic house for tiny little woodland creatures with natural materials. Collect some sticks, leaves, pinecones, flowers, and hot glue, and create your very own!
We also love this little Pumpkin Fairy House by Ashley from the Woodlark Blog! A tiny bunny on a miniature swing? Could anything be cuter? Check out the tutorial!
If you get really stressed in the fall and feel like you may need a spa day, so does this pumpkin (apparently). Use a marker pen to draw a serene face on your pumpkin, then paint around it with a "mask." Chalk paint gives a good "mask effect" but tempura or acrylic works just as well. Don't forget to add a hair wrap or towel!
Sometimes, all you need is a cool pattern to take your pumpkin to the next level. We love this checkerboard idea, although it would take some pretty serious precision and skill!
Another not-so-scary option is to create a 3-D effect with paper or plastic. We love this idea to incorporate bats, paint, glitter, googly eyes, and a sharpie to create one-of-a-kind pumpkins. The pastel color pallette of these pumpkins, is so stylish, too!
You may never see guacamole the same way again if you try this idea! Incorporate your carved pumpkin to look like, he's, well...guacamole-ing into the nachos. Whether people laugh or are disgusted, you can't really go wrong.
My parents have a ton of colored glass stones from when they went through their mosaic-making phase. The perfect use for them? All you have to do is grab a drill and drill some evenly-spaced holes, and pop the colored stones into the holes. When lit from the inside, the effect of the colored glass stones is simply dreamy!
What are you waiting for? Head to the pumpkin patch and grab the perfect gourd! Whether your decoration theme is more spooky or festive, there are plenty of DIY ideas to make your boo-tiful pumpkin unique. Be sure to share your favorite pumpkin carving creations, halloween celebrations, and decorations with the ones you love on FamilyApp.