Pumpkin carving can be great fun but let’s face it, sometimes it can also be a disaster. One wrong slice of a knife and both money and pumpkin get thrown out the window. Pumpkin decorating is a great alternative choice, especially for parents whose children are too young to carve an intricate design or who may not be able to handle carving tools responsibly.
There are countless ways to decorate a pumpkin without the hazards associated with carving. With a quick trip to a craft supplies store such as Michaels or Hobby Lobby, Halloween pumpkins can take on a whole new personality.
Families who want to give Halloween a new look should try the following designs:
Give your pumpkin some character by choosing a well-known character to model it after. For instance, paint the entire pumpkin black and add some mouse ears to create Mickey Mouse or add a face, whiskers and a paper or cloth bow to make Hello Kitty. A yard dotted with character pumpkins is bound to get a lot of attention this Halloween as passersby try to identify the “celebrity” faces.
A stained glass pumpkin can be created in different ways. The simplest way is to begin with a black Sharpie and draw intersecting squiggly lines throughout the pumpkin. Then, color each shape created with a different color marker. The end result is a very colorful addition to Halloween decor.
Another method for making a stained glass pumpkin is to again, map out different shapes with a black marker. Then, glue small, faux jewels or colored sand to each shape. Add some lanterns to your display and the light will reflect beautifully off the stained glass pumpkin.
A string pattern pumpkin can be made using colored yarn or even Halloween themed ribbon. Simply glue strips of yarn or ribbon in criss-crossing lines throughout the pumpkin. This is the perfect pumpkin for lovers of geometric patterns and shapes.
Spider web pumpkin
At a local craft store, pick up some black mesh or netted fabric. Wrap the entire pumpkin in the fabric, tying it at the stem with black or orange ribbon. Then, glue small, plastic spiders to the surface of the pumpkin for a look that will surely creep out visitors!
Trick or Treat pumpkin
In the spirit of trick-or-treating, cover the entire pumpkin in glue. Then, carefully arrange candy wrappers onto the glue, creating a colorful, yummy-looking candy wrapper collage.
Pumpkin decorating, once begun, can become quite addictive. Parents should prepare to buy a few extra pumpkins as children often discover even more creative ideas forming as they work on their pumpkin projects. With a sampling of sequins, acrylic paints, beads, sand, colored paper, glitter, Halloween themed embellishments and more, decorating a pumpkin can have endless possibilities for creativity.