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mom's little pumpkin mr potato head jack o'lanternPhoto: Courtesy of Kaysi Ross of Calgary, Alberta

Mom’s Little Pumpkin

This Halloween, dress up your little one like a plump pumpkin on trick-or-treat night. And don’t forget to decorate your other pumpkin! If you are in a time crunch, use Mr. Potato Head push-in pieces to decorate your jack-o’-lantern.

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heart leaf on pumpkin Photo: Courtesy of Tina Martino, Hewitt, New Jersey

Simple, Natural Approach

Highlight autumn’s freshest hues on bright orange pumpkins. Or go with a more unique color palette by using white or pale green pumpkins. Plus: 5 Ways Smart Homeowners Deal With Fall Leaves

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Bats, Beware!

Bats are not welcome guests in most homes, but they are the perfect creatures to carve in a Halloween pumpkin. Use the same bat template in several different locations on the pumpkin to create this design.

If you do have bats in your attic, learn How to Prevent a Bat Problem in Your Home.

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The Classic Cat

If you are more of a cat person rather than a dog lover, why not show off your love for felines? This is a very straightforward design that can be personalized to look more like your own cat’s characteristics. Regardless of your preference for pets, check out these 14 Cleaning Tips Every Dog or Cat Owner Should Know.

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bedazzled glitter pumpkin gourd

Puttin’ on the Glitz

Too often, the humble pumpkin gets taken for granted. We suggest giving pumpkins unexpected shine with a dusting of glue and glitter craft supplies. On a mantel or your front porch, they’ll sparkle in sunlight and glisten magically in candlelight, in any colors you choose.

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Raised Eyebrows

This Halloween, try carving something a little different from the classic jack-o’-lantern design. We decided to etch out different eyebrow designs on our pumpkins to give them different emotions.

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HOOT Halloween

With big eyes and mournful cries, owls make the perfect spooky pumpkin motif. Sketch a design on paper for the owl’s face and wings and get your carving party started.

We’ve gathered 15 project ideas and tips that will make your pumpkin the best on the block!

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Shrieking Scream

If you are a big fan of horror movies, re-create your favorite characters on your jack-o’-lantern. Just don’t get too creeped out when you see the pumpkin’s glowing face in the moonlight.

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Pumpkin Vegetable Tray

Hosting a Halloween party or fall get-together? We’ve got the perfect idea for you! Use a pumpkin as a vegetable tray to make a spectacular centerpiece. All you have to do is hollow out your pumpkin like you normally would and carve it to your liking. Be sure to first measure the base of your veggie dip bowl so it will fit perfectly into the opening of the pumpkin. Check out these 24 Ways to Decorate Your Home and Yard For Halloween.

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Zigzag Fun

Zigzag Fun

Glam up a pumpkin with some tape and a can of spray paint to make a chevron pattern on your pumpkin.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pumpkin
  • Painters tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Spray paint
  • Permanent marker
  • Old newspapers

To get the complete project directions click here.

Plus: Safe and Healthy Spray Painting Tips

This project originally appeared in Country Woman Magazine. Click to subscribe here.  

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Creepy Cottage

Creepy Cottage

This miniature scene is big on frightful fun and it’s easy to create!

What You’ll Need:

  • Ceramic house
  • Black matte spray paint
  • Acrylic paints
  • Hollow carvable foam pumpkin
  • Battery-operated mini LED light string
  • Fairy garden bench
  • Spice jar lids, optional
  • Moss
  • Paintbrushes
  • Drill
  • Glue gun

Get the complete project directions here.

This project originally appeared in Country Woman Magazine. Click to subscribe here

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Jack-o’-Planter

Jack-o’-Planter

Brighten up your pumpkin with a bouquet of colorful blooms. Make your carved pumpkin cheerier by tucking an autumn bouquet into a vase that fits snugly inside the shell. Arrange flowers to hide the rim of the vase.

Plus: Late Summer Container Plants

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Orange Crush

Orange Crush

This mottled-orange pumpkin glows with character. Download the template from birdsandblooms.com/owl-pumpkin and welcome your trick-or-treaters with a friendly feathered face.

Before you start carving up this owl-o-lantern, make sure you cut around the stem, remove the top, and scoop out all the ooey gooey gourd flesh and seeds. Learn how to carve your pumpkin here.

This project originally appeared in Country Woman Magazine. Click to subscribe here.  

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Puttin’ on the Glitz

Puttin’ on the Glitz

Too often, the humble pumpkin gets taken for granted. We suggest giving pumpkins unexpected shine with a dusting of fine glitter. On a mantel or your Thanksgiving table, they’ll sparkle in sunlight and glisten magically in candlelight, in any colors you choose.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pumpkin (real or artificial)
  • Medium-size sponge brush
  • Tacky glue
  • Fine glitter in choice of color
  • Paper plate

Get the complete project directions here.

This project originally appeared in Country Woman Magazine. Click to subscribe here.  

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Fall Showcase

Fall Showcase

Highlight autumn’s freshest hues on white or pale green pumpkins.

What You’ll Need:

  • Pumpkins
  • Fresh or thin silk leaves (see Note)
  • Decoupage glue
  • Sponge applicators
  • Small straight pins (optional)

Note: If silk leaves are stiff or wrinkled, carefully iron with steam before applying.

Get the full project directions here.

Plus: 5 Ways Smart Homeowners Deal With Fall Leaves

This project originally appeared in Country Woman Magazine. Click to subscribe here

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Pumpkin Vegetable Tray

Pumpkin Vegetable Tray

Hosting a Halloween party or fall get together? We’ve got the perfect idea for you! Use a pumpkin and some vegetables on skewers to make a spectacular center piece. All you have to do is hollow out your pumpkin like you normally would when carving it, ad some foam to the inside and place your vegetable skewer sticks artfully inside.

Want to learn how to grow your own vegetable garden? Click here to learn more.

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Pumpkin Tape Tip

Pumpkin Tape Tip

We’ve got a bright idea! Try varying widths of painter’s tape to create simple freestyle designs, such as thick vertical stripes or a crisscross pattern. Or tape off whole sections of the pumpkin and paint in bold colors for a contemporary look.

Plus: Make Your Own Spray Paint Booth

This project originally appeared in Country Woman Magazine. Click to subscribe here.  

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Tracing Paper Makes Carving Pumpkins Easy

Tracing Paper Makes Carving Pumpkins Easy

Carbon tracing paper is available at most office supply stores or online. To use carbon tracing paper, simply trace your pattern on top of a sheet with a pencil. Anywhere pressure is applied, the backing rubs off on the pumpkin. (Tracing paper is also useful for transferring patterns onto wood.)

Gently remove your pattern and tracing paper. The result is clear lines you can follow for cutting out the form of your drawing. Full cuts through the pumpkin allow out bright light, where just scraping the pumpkin’s skin will emit a softer glow.

 

 

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Make Use of What you Have

You can repurpose old wood pallets to make a scary graveyard or use empty cans to make lanterns. Check out your scrap bins for miscellaneous materials that would make cool decor this Halloween.

Photo: Courtesy of Jolly Mom

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Pumpkin WreathYaJurka/Shutterstock

Pumpkin Wreath

Pumpkins aren’t just for baking pies and carving this fall—there are plenty of creative things to do with pumpkins. Try attaching little faux pumpkins to a wire fall wreath to great visitors this autumn.

Photo: YaJurka/Shutterstock

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Natural Wreath

This fall wreath features acorns, small cut branches, pine cones, chestnuts and a few flowery pops of color. And if you don’t want to pound a nail into your door or siding, here’s a clever way to hang it on your door without damaging it.

Photo: Galina Grebenyuk/Shutterstock

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Spooky Spider Wreath

Arachnophobes (those who fear spiders) may be repulsed by this Halloween-inspired fall wreath. But to make it yourself, buy a simple grapevine wreath at a craft store and wrap it in faux cobwebs and plastic spiders.

Photo: 5 second Studio/Shutterstock

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Blackboard Fall Wreath

Blackboard Fall Wreath

Hang a small blackboard from a craft store with a welcoming message on your front door and decorate the boarder with fall-colored leaves.

Photo: House Beautiful

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Owl Wreath

Owl Wreath

This fall-inspired DIY owl wreath can be made with just a few supplies, including burlap, Styrofoam, a sisal doormat and some raffia. If you want to go all out and paint your door orange (or any other color, here’s how.

Photo: Country Living Magazine

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Burlap Pumpkin Wreath

Burlap Pumpkin Wreath

Try bunching some orange dyed burlap to create this pumpkin-inspired take on the traditional wreath. You can also try weaving in some battery-powered string lights to dress it up.

Photo: The Wreath Depot

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Clothespin Wreath

Clothespin Wreath

This simple clothespin fall wreath with crocheted leaves, would be a fun project to do with a child.

Photo: Etsy

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Fabric Fall Wreath

Fabric Fall Wreath

Are you a quilter? If so, you have plenty of fall-colored fabric scraps you could use to make this fall wreath. And if you don’t have a fabric stash, just pick out a few fabrics you like and buy a quarter of a yard of each. (Be sure to check the remnant table first for bargains.) Then use a metal, Styrofoam or even pool noodle wreath frame and tie pieces of fabric in knots around the wreath.

Photo: pinkcricut.com

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Gourd Wreath

Gourd Wreath

Take those decorative gourds you find at the grocery store or farmers markets and attach them to a simple grapevine fall wreath. And add pine cones, leaves and berries for filler.

Complete the look with a beautiful pot of flowers next to the door.

Photo: rosyscription.com

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Halloween Eyeball Wreath

Halloween Eyeball Wreath

This eerie eyeball fall wreath is sure to spook your guests this Halloween. Attach the plastic eyeballs and black background leaves to a Styrofoam wreath frame. And if you can find glow-in-the-dark eyeballs, this wreath is even creepier.

Photo: blog.booturtle.com

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Apple Wreath

This wreath celebrates the fall harvest by using apples in a traditional pine cone wreath. With the addition of some holly leaves, sparkly snowflakes and/or red and green ribbon, this wreath easily transitions into the Christmas season.

Photo: yonibunga/Shutterstock

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Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath

Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath

This turkey fall wreath is sure to get smiles from your Thanksgiving guests. While you work with the ribbons and burlap, have your kids create the turkey.

Photo: The Wreath Depot

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Creepy Crawly Wreath

Creepy Crawly Wreath

This creepy-crawly fall wreath is sure to make your Halloween visitors squirm. Buy plastic or rubber bugs or snakes and attach them to a basic wreath form, if you can handle touching them, of course!

Photo: onmyhonoriwilltry.blogspot.com

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Antler Wreath

Move over faux wreaths! It’s time to DIY your own rustic wreath, combining ferns, flowers, twine and antlers for an eye-catching accessory on your front door. For more living wreath inspiration, check out these 15 ideas.

Photo: Courtesy of MyCountrifiedDesigns

 

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