Tuesday, October 23 2018
It’s officially spooky season, and Halloween is one week away! It’s time to carve those pumpkins you found at the pumpkin patch and spread the Halloween cheer. We made a list of some of our favorite pumpkin carving/decorating ideas for you to try this year.
1 | Cute & Classy Polka Dots
We love the simplicity of this pumpkin carving design! It is easily achieved by carving small holes all over your pumpkin—you can arrange the holes randomly or in lines as shown above. Make sure the holes are big enough for light to flood through and consider thinning out the inside walls of the pumpkin to increase light flow! This carving kit has a handy tool that makes hole-carving effortless.
2 | Festive Succulent Planters
We are obsessed with succulents, so naturally this adorable succulent pumpkin planter made the list. Carve out your pumpkins and create a succulent arrangement for your porch, dining table, or desk. You can use real or fake succulent clippings for this project, whatever is most convenient. You may also use other flowers and plants if succulents aren’t your first choice. You can even purchase a DIY succulent pumpkin planter kit here.
3 | Clever Diorama
Here’s a cute idea—carve out the front of your pumpkin and create a diorama in your pumpkin. You can create any scene imaginable! Head to your local craft store and check out their model train section to find plenty of mini props for your diorama!
4 | Elegant House Numbers
A fun and welcoming idea is to carve your house numbers into the pumpkin—one number per pumpkin as seen above. You can then add a touch of elegance to the design with unique carvings of your choice (think leaves, patterns, polka dots, etc.). These pumpkins are sure to increase curb appeal and make your home stand out!
5 | No Carve Floral
This is an easy, no carve design to decorate your pumpkin! All you need is artificial flowers of your choice (available at your local craft store or Dollar Tree) and a hot glue gun! Remove flowers from the stem and start gluing! You can arrange the flowers however you want but try to be consistent with flower placement. You may even add some leaves or other greenery to the design. When your decorating is complete, place the pumpkin on your porch and wrap it with wire string lights to illuminate it!
6 | Unique Twist on a Classic
This is a fun and unique twist on a classic jack-o’-lantern. Simply carve out friendly eyes and a goofy grin and cover your pumpkin in glossy black paint. When your pumpkin is lit, it will create an interesting contrast between the paint and the glowing candlelight.
7 | Friendly Owl Family
A friendly owl family is a super cute idea for your pumpkin designs! For this idea, you’ll need two or three different-sized pumpkins. Create a guide by drawing your owl designs directly on the pumpkin with a sharpie, and then begin carving! Get the whole family in on the fun and have everyone contribute an owl to the parliament (Fun Fact: A group of owls is called a parliament). Use the above picture as inspiration but be creative with your owl’s eyes and feathers—make the design your own!
8 | Spooky Button BOOs
This is a clever one you probably haven’t seen before—using buttons to spell out a spooky Halloween phrase on your pumpkin! All you need are buttons and glue for this one! An assortment of buttons can be purchased on Amazon if you don’t have any extras lying around. Decide on a spooky Halloween phrase and start gluing! You can also add a cute bow to the top of your pumpkin for more appeal.
Whatever design you choose, make sure you have all supplies on hand to make the process as smooth as possible. Open your folding glass patio doors or sliding glass patio doors and set up a pumpkin carving station outside on the patio; this will ensure the mess stays in a designated area and make for easier cleanup. Use disposable tablecloths to prevent those gooey, stringy pumpkin guts from destroying your furniture. Spend time with the family decorating your pumpkins and getting in the Halloween spirit! For more pumpkin decorating ideas, visit Pinterest. Happy Halloween!