Give your pumpkins some designer flair this year. You can use real pumpkins, but the artificial ones at the dollar store are easy to work with, last forever, and are really cheap! Here are some easy ways to make those dollar store pumpkins look very chic!
1. Use black thumbtacks to make designs or spell out words. I love the bow with it too!
2. Make great cut-out designs with metal cookie cutters. You can use these on fresh pumpkins or the dollar store foam pumpkin. Hammer the cookie cutter in and then pull out the shape. These can be any shapes, but simple ones work best. I love stars as eyes or for random decoration. Tea light candles inside show the cut-outs. Use real candles or LED tea lights or even a string of lights in white, green, purple, yellow, or orange. Fun!
3. Spray paint a pumpkin with black, white, gold, silver, or your favorite colors. You can even try the looking glass paint for a fancy display. Painting the stem gold or silver looks pretty too. Spray paint it one color for Halloween and another for Thanksgiving it you like. The pumpkin pictured here is serving as a vase for Japanese lantern flowers. Gorgeous! Place stickers of your desired shapes on the pumpkin, then paint. After the paint is dry remove the stickers. Voila!
4. Use decoupage glue or spray glue to add leaves, ferns, and flower petals in an artistic design. I found this idea at Country Living. I love the look on white pumpkins, but it could work on orange pumpkins too. You can decoupage ribbon, washi tape, tissue paper (try leopard-patterned!), all sorts of things onto pumpkins! Click here for an easy decoupage glue recipe that is cheaper than Mod Podge and works just as well.
5. Paint the pumpkin in glow-in-the-dark paint. Very cool! Just don’t use it on a real pumpkin if you intend to eat it later. Or paint a pumpkin with watered down white paint for a white-washed look. This looks pretty cute with a bow, but you can also paint a face or design on it.
6. If you use a real pumpkin, try this trick to make it easier to carve and to light. You just slice the back of the pumpkin as part of the top. I found this great idea at Makezine.com.
7. Easiest of all? Paint a letter and add a bow! It helps if you can make the letters look a bit artistic. Maybe sketch the letter first onto clear contact paper and use it as a stencil. Bonus: after Halloween you can turn the pumpkins around for a Thanksgiving display. Also pumpkin pie can be in the picture. Yum. I found this photo at Dandelions Dragonflies.
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