Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Beyond the Traditional Carve

fall activities family fun halloween Oct 16, 2023
Pumpkin painting

One of our favorite fall pastimes? Pumpkin decorating! While carving jack-o-lanterns is a cherished tradition, there are so many other creative ways to make your pumpkin stand out. If you're looking to try something new this year, here are some ideas for you and the family: 

Painted Pumpkins

Unleash your inner artist by painting your pumpkins. From intricate patterns to simple color blocks or even hand-painted portraits, the options are endless. Acrylic paints work well, and if you're decorating with kids, consider using washable paints for an easy cleanup.

Decoupage Pumpkins

Decorate your pumpkin using the art of decoupage. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge and stick on patterns from magazines, scrapbook paper, or printed napkins. Once you've achieved your desired look, seal it with another layer of Mod Podge.

Glitter Pumpkins

Make your pumpkins sparkle and shine! Apply craft glue in patterns or completely coat the pumpkin, then sprinkle on your choice of glitter. Go for a monochrome look, or mix and match colors for a vibrant effect.

Thumbtack or Pushpin Designs

Create intricate patterns or simple designs using thumbtacks or pushpins. This technique gives your pumpkin a chic, textured look.

Chalkboard Pumpkins

Paint your pumpkin with chalkboard paint and let it dry. Then, use chalk to write messages, draw patterns, or let guests and family members add their personal touch.

Bedazzled Pumpkins

Use rhinestones or gem stickers to make your pumpkin dazzle. Create patterns, shapes, or even spell out words.

By thinking outside the traditional carving kit, you can come up with unique and stunning designs that will be the talk of the neighborhood. No matter which method you choose, the process is sure to create lasting memories and beautiful pumpkins. So, grab a pumpkin (or two!) and let your creativity soar. 

Happy decorating!


Stay Connected

Join our email newsletter to get the latest blogs, resources, motivation, and local recommendations delivered to your inbox:

Join Newsletter