Pumpkin Designs for All

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My favorite part about Halloween is decorating pumpkins! I usually can never come up with a fun design when I need to, and I end up just carving out the classic chunky smile and triangle eyes. How boring. This year I vow to try something more creative for sure. Join me?

We can start by looking at this great guide, 17 Pumpkin Patterns: Free Projects for Halloween on FaveCrafts. I’ll talk about a few of these projects, but there are many more to check out.

Remember, you don’t have to actually “carve” a pumpkin to create fantastic Halloween decor. Plus, I really don’t like pulling out all that pumpkin goop and slimy seeds. Blech. But, I think I would sacrifice clean hands for Cinderella’s Pumpkin Coach from AllFreeKidsCrafts.com. I once made a version of this idea for a pumpkin decorating contest with my college equestrian team. And we won! We even painted gourds to look like the horses that pull the pumpkin coach. I wish we had thought to use a crown on top of our pumpkin – it is the perfect touch.

One of these things is not like the other…one of these things doesn’t belong…can you spot it? I just couldn’t resist showing you the Clementine Jack O Lanterns. They make perfect lunch treats that are way healthier for you than candy. I know a lot of elementary schools have Halloween classroom parties, and these would make an adorable snack platter. You could even carve a watermelons and apples!

 Cinderella's Pumpkin Coach on AllFreeKidsCrafts.com  Frankenstein Pumpkin on FaveCrafts.com
 Junk Drawer Pumpkin on AllFreeKidsCrafts.com
 Clementine Jack O Lanterns on AllFreeKidsCrafts.com


Sometimes I like to be super artistic with projects like these. But the unfortunate problem is that pumpkins go bad, and I don’t like to see my hard work go to waste so quickly. I can’t express how glad I am that artificial pumpkins exist – my creations can last forever! Okay, not forever, but much, much longer than a real pumpkin. There are some amazing designs out there, but I especially like these Pumpkins in Silhouette. There is something so elegant about silhouettes. Plus, I love owls and they are perfect for fall decor. Let your imagination run wild with these pumpkin patterns!


Which do you prefer: carving pumpkins or painting them?

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  1. mary ann exler says

    i always carve pumpkins but it is so messy. i am trying to look for ideas on how to paint or badazzle pumpkins. can you help me out?

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