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32 Creative Ways to Decorate a Pumpkin

Decorating a pumpkin is one of my favorite activities to do with my children for Halloween.  Here are 24 creative ways to decorate a pumpkin as well as several pumpkin carving and jackolantern patterns.

Pumpkin

Painted Pumpkin

1. Henna Pumpkins – These darling pumpkins are made with puff paint into beautiful henna shaped designs.
2. H.A.L.L.O.W.E.E.N. painted pumpkins with silhouette mice up the staircase is gorgeous!
3. Stamped & Decoupage Pumpkin – A pumpkin painted white and stamped with Halloween themed stamps.
4. Going to the Chapel Pumpkins – The top hat and bow-tie is made from poster board. I just hot glued it right onto the pumpkins.

pumpkin carving

Embellished Pumpkins

5.  White rub on decal pumpkins – Silver metallic craft paint (splattered these with a bit of black to make them look a bit more like aged mercury glass) another crown decal and more rub-ons.
6.  Fabric Flower Pumpkin – Decorate your pumpkin with the rosettes that you’ve created, the bow that you made and the vintage jewelry you’ve gathered and start placing them at the top to hide the tied pantyhose to give it a finished look.
7.  Designer pumpkin – Paint or use stencils to make a fun picture on your pumpkin.
8.  Black and white ribbon pumpkin – A fun tutorial on how to make this ribbon embellished pumpkin for your home.

pumpkin carving patterns

9.  Music Paper Pumpkin – An easy pumpkin tutorial made with spray adhesive and a plastic pumpkin.
10.  Pumpkin Bling – Made with ribbon, soldering wire, buttons, and paint.
11.  Ruffled Fabric Pumpkins – A great pattern on how to sew ruffled fabric pumpkins.
12.  Silver Leaf Pumpkins – A fun way to transform your $1 pumpkins and decorate them silver.

 pumpkin carving designs

13.  Nailhead Pumpkins – A really cool tutorial on how to monogram your pumpkin using nail heads.
14.  Fabric mod podged pumpkin – Pumpkins decorated with patterned fabric mod podged and embellished.
15. No Sew sweater pumpkin – How to repurpose an old sweater to make a gorgeously simply pumpkin.
16.  How to make a glitter pumpkin – An easy tutorial on how to bring depth into your typical glitter pumpkin.

pumpkin carving templates

17. Doily stenciled and monogrammed pumpkin – This is such a chic monogram and stenciled pumpkin with an easy pattern to follow.
18.  Polk-a-dot pumpkins – use a drill to get this pumpkin polka-a-dot look.
19.  Ric rac pumpkin – Here is a quick tutorial on how to use ric rack to embellish a pumpkin.
20.  Black, white, and silver glitter pumpkin centerpiece design.

Chalkboard Paint Pumpkin

Chalkboard Paint Pumpkin

21.  Blackboard painted pumpkins – Indie Fixx prayed two coats of paint on her pumpkins to make them look so good.
22.  How to make chalkboard paint pumpkin tutorial from Thru My Peepers which also makes a fun activity for your children.
23.  I love all the faces on these darling chalkboard painted pumpkins.
24.  Pumpkin place card – Use chalkboard spray paint to create little pumpkin place cards.

Fabric Pumpkin Designs

Fabric Pumpkin Designs

25. Stuffed Fabric Pumpkin Pattern – You’ll love making these stuffed pumpkins that has fully illustrated pictures in the tutorial so you can make it at home.
26. T.P. Roll Pumpkins – A quick tutorial on how to make fabric pumpkins out of toilet paper rolls.
27.  Sack pumpkin pattern that has step by step instructions from Sunshine in My Soul.
28.  How to sew fabric pumpkins with patterns and pictured tutorials for each step.

pumpkin carving patterns

Printable Pumpkin Patterns

29. Toothy Grin Pumpkin – This pumpkin has the devious smile of the Grinch.  I just had to show it to you.
30.  Family Fun pumpkin carving templates
31.   eHow printable pumpkin patterns
32.  Better Home and Gardens printable pumpkin templates

Pumpkin Carving Patterns

14 comments

  1. Samantha @ Food Edu

    Wow–these are amazing ideas! I’ve love carving pumpkins, but have never been this hard core 🙂 thanks for the tips!

  2. AnnOnandOn

    I think it’s time to get my pumpkins. Love all the photos!

  3. Marlynn

    These are awesome! We started decorating for Halloween today and I was searching for new ideas for our pumpkins this year. Thanks for so many great ideas!!

  4. Nacho_Momma

    Wonderful post with GREAT ideas -thanks! I am going to try a henna version and the chalkboard paint pumpkin as well.

  5. Allison

    Thanks for sharing a link to my glitter pumpkins!

    All of these other pumpkins are just fabulous as well!

  6. Deb Kennedy

    If you like #15 above, you can see a step-by-step tutorial for making my own original creations, the ‘Sweet Sweater Pumpkins’, on my blog at http://hummadeedledee.blogspot.com/2008/09/pumpkin-inspiration-tutorial.html (created in 2007, tutorial posted in 2008). Super easy and my method makes really CUTE lil’ babies! ;0)

  7. BlissfulBabe

    Fabulous post, Laurie! I am so excited to try some of these! I’m sure I’ll get stuck carving a pumpkin, but I definitely want to do something different and more fun! I LOVE THIS POST!!

  8. Rebecca

    LOVE-love-love it! What a wonderful post. So many great ideas, that I don’t know which one to pick as a project to liven up the house a bit for fall! Fun ideas!

  9. Melissa @ chalkboard decals

    Hi there! These looks great! These are amazing ideas! I can’t wait for Halloween to arrive this year so I can make one of these too!

  10. Melissa @ Chalkboard decals

    I just can’t stop looking at these!!! I’m really excited for halloween! Can’t wait to make the pumpkins!! 🙂

  11. Chalk Paint Ideas

    These are great pumpkin ideas! I have another that I tried, have you tried chalk painting them? I was actually trying to create a mercury glass look, but, that didn’t work out too well…so I decided to chalk paint over them..I love the look. Here you can see how I <a href="http://chalkpaintideas.com/how-to-paint-a-pumpkin/"decorated with white pumpkins, another idea for this post.

  12. nest of posies

    gosh, such a fabulous round up of pumpkins! they are all so good.

    thank you so much for featuring my pumpkins & mice on the stairs!

    kellie

  13. Heather

    Thanks for posting the henna pumpkins! I made them today! AWESOME.

  14. Discount Handbags

    This is a great idea.I like it

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