11 Ideas for Pretty Pumpkins


We all know that when it comes to fall decorating, pumpkins are our go-to project idea for bringing that autumn feel to any room, porch or  garden. But it doesn’t have to be that same old jack o’lantern, and it doesn’t have to be just about Halloween. Pumpkins are a part of the harvest,  and should be celebrated as part of the fall bounty in our homes. With that in mind, we searched the blogosphere for some pretty pumpkin ideas for decorating! Whether these ideas and tutorials use natural pumpkins, or those great carve-able craft pumpkins that allow you to reuse them from year to year, we know you will think these pumpkins are pretty enough for the whole season, right through Thanksgiving!

From ‘The Butlers’, this monogram pumpkin tutorial can be used with either a real pumpkin or a faux one… Easy tutorial, classy project!



These lace patterned pumpkins from ‘Martha’ are a little time consuming, but have you ever seen anything so amazingly charming? What a perfect centerpiece for a party!



LOVE this tinker bell pumpkin carving, complete with pixie dust! Full instructions on ‘Instructables’!



‘Confessions of a Plate Addict’ created these DIY decoupage pumpkins from a ‘Country Living’ tutorial… These are made with Mod Podge and fabric… and since she used faux craft pumpkins, they last!



This DIY pumpkin centerpiece by ‘One Charming Party’ has quick and easy instructions… She used a real pumpkin, which I love because it’s just so organic and, well, fall like… but I don’t see any reason you couldn’t use a craft pumpkin.



We love this blinged out pumpkin from ‘Chaos Served Daily’, mostly because it takes 5 minutes, but also ’cause it’s so pretty!



Find out how to paint pretty pumpkins from ‘Perfectly Imperfect’! Complete step by step, including what products they used to get these wonderful finishes… Also done on foam pumpkins, so they can be brought out every year.



Make a stenciled pumpkin, from ‘BHG’… quick and easy craft!



Another pumpkin with glitz from ‘Life on Lakeshore Drive’…



I had to throw in these last couple just for inspiration…. From ‘Seeing Ink Spots‘, these trick or treat pumpkins remind us that we can have some fun too!

white pumpkins


Finally, from ‘Lolly Jane’, these DIY patterned pumpkins are really fall decor to go right through the season… She used acrylic paints, but I was wondering… with all the colored and metallic Sharpies available now, could you use them? Make some pretty pumpkins, and share your ideas in comments!  — *Update* — We found more (below) that we just couldn’t resist adding!

LJ pattern pumpkins


We found a couple more that we just had to add on to this post!

From ‘A Subtle Revelry’, these pushpin pumkins are really cool & different!



Over at ‘Magia Mia’, they created these wonderful black painted pumkins! They even used glow in the dark paint to paint the webs and skeletons!


O.k. now that’s it. For now anyway!

Image Credits: The Butlers, Instructables, Confessions of a Plate Addict, One Charming Party, Chaos Served Daily, Perfectly Imperfect, BHG, Life on Lakeshore Drive, Seeing Ink Spots, Lolly Jane, A Subtle Revelry, Magia Mia



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