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Five Ways to Decorate Pumpkins

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One of the most iconic Halloween decor items is definitely the pumpkin. We picked up a bunch of them on our trip to Georgia earlier this month, and I was excited to do some exciting things with them.

pumpkin collage

1) Carve them! First off, we carved our big pumpkin like everyone does. We wanted something cool, but easy, because last year we had some problems with more intricate designs. So, we decided to embrace our current state and carve the state flag of South Carolina! We started out with cutting off the top and scooping out the insides.

Carving Pumpkins - Charleston Crafted
Carving Pumpkins - Charleston Crafted

Then, we drew the design and started cutting!

Carving Pumpkins - Charleston Crafted
Carving Pumpkins - Charleston Crafted
Carving Pumpkins - Charleston Crafted

In the end it turned out great!

Carving Pumpkins - Charleston Crafted
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That was the traditional way to decorate a pumpkin, but let’s get into some more unique ways. How about decorating the outside of the pumpkin.

2) Kill Them! First, we picked up an albino pumpkin at the pumpkin patch and wanted to make a design. Using the stem as a nose, I drew a face using colored sharpies.

Kill a pumpkin - charleston crafted
Kill a pumpkin - charleston crafted
Kill a pumpkin - charleston crafted
Kill a pumpkin - charleston crafted
Kill a pumpkin - charleston crafted
Kill a pumpkin - charleston crafted
Kill a pumpkin - charleston crafted
Kill a pumpkin - charleston crafted

Does he look scared?? He should be.

Then, to make our little guy a little more human, I added some yarn hair.

Kill a pumpkin - charleston crafted
Kill a pumpkin - charleston crafted

Finally, to added a spooky, gory aspect (because I can’t just let anything be cute on halloween), Sean bought a plastic knife at the dollar store and cut the blade in half and we stabbed him in the head!

Kill a pumpkin - charleston crafted
Kill a pumpkin - charleston crafted
Kill a pumpkin - charleston crafted
Kill a pumpkin - charleston crafted

I added melted crayon for blood like on the wreath we showed you earlier.

Kill a pumpkin - charleston crafted
Kill a pumpkin - charleston crafted

Isn’t he scary? Poor guy, never stood a chance.

Kill a pumpkin - charleston crafted

3) Eye them! I decided to cover one mini pumpkin with googly eyes to match my creepy halloween eyeball frame from last year.

Googly Eye Pumpkin - Charleston Crafted

First, I decided to cover it with black paint. I just used plain craft paint.

Googly Eye Pumpkin - Charleston Crafted
Googly Eye Pumpkin - Charleston Crafted

Then, I just used tacky glue to attach googly eyes to the pumpkin. I made vertical rows along the ridges of the pumpkin.

Googly Eye Pumpkin - Charleston Crafted
Googly Eye Pumpkin - Charleston Crafted

I had to stop every few inches to let it dry, because my fingers kept moving the wet glued ones.

Googly Eye Pumpkin - Charleston Crafted
Googly Eye Pumpkin - Charleston Crafted

In the end, I added some small eyes where there were gaps.

Googly Eye Pumpkin - Charleston Crafted

I decided that it didn’t look complete, so I painted the stem white! How cute is it now!

Googly Eye Pumpkin - Charleston Crafted

4) Wrap Them! Next, I took a medium-sized pumpkin and wanted to cover it in fabric. I found a fall pattern and cut it into strips about one inch wide.

Modge Podge Pumpkin -- Charleston Crafted

I painted on a thin layer of modge podge, then smoothed on a strip.

Modge Podge Pumpkin -- Charleston Crafted
Modge Podge Pumpkin -- Charleston Crafted

I tried to layer the strips slightly.

Modge Podge Pumpkin -- Charleston Crafted
Modge Podge Pumpkin -- Charleston Crafted

I worked my way around the pumpkin, pausing periodically to let the modge podge dry.

Modge Podge Pumpkin -- Charleston Crafted
Modge Podge Pumpkin -- Charleston Crafted

Finally, I coated the entire thing with a layer of modge podge to secure the strips.

Modge Podge Pumpkin -- Charleston Crafted
Modge Podge Pumpkin -- Charleston Crafted

I LOVE how this turned out & kind of wish I had done it on a fake pumpkin so I could use it next year!

modge podge a pumpkin - charleston crafted

5) Draw On Them! Finally, we took the last two little pumpkins we had and dedicated them to our furry friends by drawing their paws and names on there.

Draw on a pumpkin - charleston crafted
Draw on a pumpkin - charleston crafted
Draw on a pumpkin - charleston crafted
Draw on a pumpkin - charleston crafted

I wanted to put paint on their paws and actually let the animals do it themselves, but Sean complained about the mess it would inevitably make.

So that’s it! Five cool ways to decorate your pumpkins this Halloween with different designs!

How are you decorating your pumpkins this year?

 
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