We love love love Fall!! And one of our favorite fall traditions ever is decorating or carving pumpkins. The best part is you can do something totally different and unique each year! There are literally endless ways to decorate a pumpkin. I'm sure you could get lost in the depths of pinterest looking up all sorts of different and, honestly, crazy options. But instead of wasting 5 hours searching online, and realizing its suddenly 4 in the afternoon on a Saturday and you're still in your pajamas and haven't accomplished a damn thing, we figured we'd save you the trouble and show how we're decorating our pumpkins this year. Try one or try them all and lay them all out on your mantle together as one pretty, crisp, balanced fall decor set.
(If we're honest, we're not super into the whole going "dark and drab" for Halloween decor thing. We like to find ways to make our seasonal decorations still jive with our normal aesthetic: crisp, clean lines, light, and organic feeling. So if you're like us, and hate compromising your normal decor styling and aesthetic for a holiday that usually calls for all things black and dark or [even weirder] black and orange, we've got some ideas for you!)
1. Spooky Marbled Pumpkins
This is a wonderul minimalist-inspired twist on halloween decor. Plus! This is soooooooo beyond easy and is a great craft idea to do with the kiddos! Seriously, you can't mess these guys up.
What You'll Need:
- 6 small pumpkins (grab ones that vary in size/shape a bit!)
- white paint (+ a paint stirrer)
- paint brush
- 1 bottle of grey nail polish
- a bucket big enough to dip your pumpkins in (fill with water)
Be sure to begin with a 1st layer of white paint all over your mini pumpkins (avoiding the stem) and allow the first layer to dry. Once the first layer has dried paint a 2nd layer of the white paint (this will allow for the white to look really white and will avoid any streaks of orange peeping through!).
Once the second layer is dry, fill up your bucket with some water (deep enough to dunk your pumpkins) and drizzle some of your grey nail polish in errant drizzles.
Dip! And twist while you dip as if to "scoop" the marble onto the pumpkin.
Set aside and allow to dry, your spookly marbled pumpkins are done!
2. Hand-written "Happy Fall" Pumpkins
These pretty guys are also super simple and not much of a challenge if you have a steady grip! A trick with these, is to try and pick pumpkins that have a smoother skin and less bumps to make writing on them a little less challenging!
What You'll Need:
- 2 medium size pumpkins
- white paint (+ paint stirrer)
- gold pen
Again, begin by painting 2 coats of white paint onto the pumpkins. Allow to dry and handwriting fun can begin!
Simply write out the words on the pumpkins first, then go back and fill in each downstroke to make the writing look thicker and more like calligraphy.
3. DIY Pumpkin Vase
This is the big beauty right here. The flowers are arranged in such a way around the stem that it almost looks like the pumpkin has a flower crown. It is so beautiful! And it definitely becomes the center of our mantlepiece or the center of our decor. This baby definitely steals the show!
What You'll Need:
- 1 large pumpkin
- basic pumpkin carving kit
- an assortment of flowers (we picked ones that varied in color & size, but all together felt fall-inspired)
- a packet of flower food (ideally--it will help your flowers last longer)
Begin using the little mini saw/knife from the carving kit to cut a hole around the stem. Be sure to make the hole big enough to fit your hand through it!
Next, begin scooping out all the insides of the pumpkin to the best of your ability! Really try to scrape every last morsel out of the pumpkin, so that you will be left with only a hard shell. (It will be better for your flowers this way!) Also, don't forget to save those pumpkin seeds! We roasted 'em with a little cajun seasoning and oh baby is that the best part of carving pumpkins or what?!?! Comment below if you want our recipe! Mm, mmm.
Okay now for the flower fun! You're going to take the little saw guy and cut individal small holes around the big whole on the top of the pumpkin. Be sure to cut 1 tiny hole at a time, and make sure the hole you made is the right size for the stem of the flower you want to place there. Each stem varies in size. Some we used were teeny tiny and some stems were very large. So be sure to make small holes first and see if the flower you want to place there fits, if the hole needs to be bigger, make it larger. (Just remember you can't make a hole any smaller!) And when you cut your stem be sure to cut it at an angle not straight across, and leave it long enough to reach towards the bottom of the pumpkin once it is placed in the hole.
Continue all the way around the pumpkin, and once you are finished, fill the cavity with water and stir in a packet of flower food and your vase is finished!
And lastly, you can't forget to put them all together!
We aren't kidding when we say we love fall. In fact, saying we love fall is probably a gross understatement. Really its more like: we are freakin' OBSESSED with all things fall and count down the hours all year until our favorite season returns and we can walk through the park like kids tossing leaves, make 20 different types of apple pie, drink all the mulled wine, and apple cider, and cozy up with our boo thangs in cozy socks with the fire on and jazzy music playing and snuggle up becuase its cold and everyone wants to snuggle when its cold and also eat ice cream. Is that just us? C'mon guys ice cream is so much better in the cold!!!! It never melts!!! Okay, whatever. We love (read: LOVELOVELOVE) fall, and we love to see how you all decorate for fall too. It inspires us to see what traditions other people create for the holidays or how they create an entirely new space or feel in the same old house with simple seasonal changes. So tell us (or show us!): what are you creating for Fall?!
Comment below for any questions. Happy Fall Friends!