I don’t know about you guys, but growing up in my house I always looked forward to Halloween and pumpkin decorating. And, it wasn’t for the reasons that you think, yea I mean who doesn’t love candy, but what I really got excited about was pumpkin carving.
Even if you are not all that artistic or creative by nature, don’t worry, with just a few skills you will be able to wow the neighbors with some really amazing pumpkins on your stoop, just in time for Halloween.
Use the Whole Pumpkin
It was the home domestic goddess, Martha Stewart, who introduced me to the fact that the entire pumpkin can be used as a canvas. Before that, I always simply just picked a side, drew a few triangles for the eyes and nose and went from there. Boring.
Enter Martha. What I learned from her is that you can actually use the entire pumpkin when carving.
For example, take a look at the stem. Who says that it should not be involved in the design?
The stem can provide an incredible feature to a pumpkin, flip your pumpkin on its side and use the stem as a nose. Perfect if you are going to make your carving into a scary witch!
Take Advantage of Seasonal Variety’s
Who says that pumpkins are the only things that can be carved for Halloween?
To add a bit of color and shape variety to your front steps or home, cave up some butternut squash, acorn squash and gourds. By varying the sizing, shapes and colors of your carvings, you can create an incredible scene for the fall.
Using different sized gourds and squash will also be a lot of fun to play with. Use these miniature pumpkins to create snakes or caterpillars that slink down your front steps, or slither across the fireplace mantle for indoor décor.
To make a pumpkin snake follow these tips:
- Choose a larger pumpkin for the head, and then a variety in smaller sizes for the body
- Cut two holes in each of the body pumpkins, one on each side and clean the seeds out of the pumpkins
- Make a few cuts in each of the smaller pumpkins to illustrate spots or scales
- Carve the pumpkin head with a face
- Once all the carving has been done, then run a string of Christmas lights through all of the holes in the smaller pumpkin body chain this way all of the cuts you have made in the smaller pumpkins will glow with the lights
You Don’t Have to Carve
Maybe a little bit counterintuitive, right? You think Halloween, pumpkins, and carving are all things that go well together. But if you don’t feel like carving, you actually don’t have to.
Instead, use things like paint or even glitter to take your pumpkins, squash and gourds to the next level of things.
Many people take black paint to cover their pumpkins for a bit of a scary look while they are tucked in with some of the regular carved pumpkins. Others, who might be throwing a classy adult Halloween party, might use glitter covered gourds as place holders at the dinner table, or spray paint small pumpkins silver to use as centerpieces.
To make a glitter pumpkin follow these tips:
- Find a pumpkin that is free of any obvious blemishes
- Lay out plenty of newspaper to catch the extra glitter
- Take any standard white glue (or spray glue) and using a paintbrush spread the glue on the pumpkin a section at a time
- Sprinkle the glitter over the area
- Repeat over the rest of the pumpkin
- Think about using glitter colors that work well with yellows and oranges
With these tips, you will be ready to go on your own Halloween decorations! Be sure to let us know what some of your favorite design tips for your own pumpkin decorations are.