Pretty Pumpkins // Decorating Pumpkins without Carving

The end of the year is almost upon us! Who else is surprised that tomorrow is October? Here in Houston, we are anxiously awaiting that first cool front, and our temperatures are expected to drop 10 degrees this weekend! 

As a kid, I remember going to the pumpkin patch this time of year with my family and picking out the perfect pumpkin and coming home and carving it with my Dad.  He would carefully cut the top off in a perfect circle and my brothers and I would dig out the guts and seeds.  Gooey goodness.  My Dad is an artist and so good at carving very creative faces into pumpkins.  I’m not so good.  I still think carving is a fun thing for the kiddos, but these days, I’m really intrigued by the painted and embellished pumpkins.  

I love the different colors, patterns, and designs I’m seeing along with the typography pumpkins.  With paint, your pumpkin becomes a blank canvas that you can use to display your personality and particular design aesthetic. I’ve seen pumpkins colored with craft paint, spray paint, milk paint- you name it- and all colors of the rainbow. Glitter, nailhead trim, beads, sequins, and thumbtacks all become proper accessories for pumpkins. 

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Are y’all carving or painting pumpkins this year?
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  1. September 30, 2013 / 2:21 pm

    Fabulous ideas. Yes, years ago we were doing good if our pumpkin had the traditional triangle eyes and nose! LOL

  2. September 30, 2013 / 3:41 pm

    OH those chevrons are just so stinkin' cute!

  3. September 30, 2013 / 5:55 pm

    Love all these Megan!! Great round up and there are so many great creative ideas!! Yes, I'm melting and cannot wait for this weekend! xo

  4. christine, just bella
    September 30, 2013 / 1:17 pm

    Great round up! I always have intentions to carve a pumpkin but the last few years I've gone the lazy, no creative, route and painted. Actually the year before last I think I just left them blank and called it "minimalism" haha.

  5. September 30, 2013 / 7:24 pm

    They say it was another "bad" year for pumpkins but I think you proved them wrong.

  6. September 30, 2013 / 9:21 pm

    I really don't like carving pumpkins; too messy for me! I'm really looking forward to doing some fun decorating this year. These are all great ideas!

  7. {Hi Sugarplum!}
    September 30, 2013 / 6:11 pm

    I love all these ideas! Last year I covered a few with jute rope or ric rac, and I love it! Carving is so messy…and I'm terrible at it!

  8. Jennifer Flores
    October 1, 2013 / 2:35 am

    I like carving pumpkins but I recently saw some pumpkin face kits at Target that seemed a whole lot easier. Maybe I'll just carve a little one 😉

  9. October 1, 2013 / 9:30 pm

    Love these painted ideas! You can do so much with a plain ol pumpkin to jazz it up! These are all very cool and creative! Great roundup!

    House Envy

  10. October 29, 2013 / 9:28 pm

    Thanks so much for featuring my metallic painted pumpkins! I love all the ideas you have here! Is it too late to make some for Thursday?? 😉

    • October 30, 2013 / 5:04 pm

      Of course Sarah! It's one of my faves!

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