Pumpkins aren’t just for pies and jack-o-lanterns. Are you looking for ways to decorate your front porch for the fall but don’t want a jack-o-lantern that will mold and wilt? Do you want more creative and artistic designs for your pumpkins? I have a few ideas to help you.
First, I would recommend painting the pumpkin. You can paint anything you want. Make it look like a beach ball, or simply paint on a jack-o-lantern design to give it the look of a jack-o-lantern without the work and mess.
My daughter’s first Halloween she was only 6 months old. My mom gave her a pumpkin on her high chair tray and some paints. She made a beautifully designed abstract painting all over the pumpkin!
My sister who works at a local University even took the pumpkin to work with her and had it displayed on her desk for a week. So many people complimented her on the display. The art teacher said she could even see how the painting was a reflection of the pumpkin’s life! Many other different people tried to see different objects in the paint. This was done by a 6 month old so even you can create a great piece of art that will get a lot of attention.
If painting doesn’t interest you, how about dressing the pumpkin up? Go to your local hobby store and buy fall colored flowers and foliage. When you get home simply stick the flowers and foliage into the pumpkin. You can create any design you want to and no one else will have a display like yours.
Bunch a lot of the flowers in the top of the pumpkin and make it look as though the pumpkin is a vase.
Use Gerber daisies and just scatter them around the pumpkin and some just laying on the ground below the pumpkin.
Let your kids use the flowers to make their own designs as well.
You can even let kids decorate the pumpkins with stickers.
Or using a paint brush, paint on some white Elmer’s kids glue and then sprinkle with sparkles before the glue dries!
If you have three pumpkins of different sizes you can stack the 3 pumpkins together on top of each other like you would do when building a snow man. Use sharp dowels on the top of the bottom pumpkin and going through the bottom of the next pumpkin to hold the pumpkins in place on top of each other. Glue some straw on the top of the top pumpkin and place a hat on top of that. Using some branches found in your yard; poke them into the sides of the middle pumpkin for arms. You can paint on a face to the top pumpkin or carve it into a jack-o-lantern. In fact if you wanted to carve all the pumpkins and stack those on top of each other that would be a great idea too. Give each pumpkin a different facial expression or design. You could even do Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil.
I hope these ideas have given you ideas on what to do with pumpkins to help decorate for the entire fall season.