October 16, 2015 | Home & Happiness Team | Comments Off on Oh, My Gourd! Triangle Eyes are So Last Season! Try These Eerily Elevated Ideas
For many of us, our memories of preparing pumpkins for Halloween night are similar. Under close parental supervision, we’d saw uneven circles around the stem, scoop out ‘the guts’ with ladles and our hands, carefully sketch out a face – usually three triangles and a crooked mouth – on the pumpkin’s smoothest side with a Magic Marker, and get to the tricky business of carving out the pattern. If these steps didn’t result in any injuries, the only things left to do were to place a candle inside the hollow gourd and put it on the doortep to welcome visitors.
As adults we’re still drawn to this long-held tradition – especially those of us with a bit of a crafty streak – but we can sometimes find ourselves wishing for some more grown-up ways to decorate with pumpkins. Thankfully, ideas that are a little more sophisticated, and a lot safer, are as plentiful as pumpkin seeds.
Paint it Black
First, paint goes a long way toward elevating your gourd game. Prime a pumpkin in black or white, cover it in gold leaf, or choose a shade that matches the home’s décor. From there, the ideas are endless. Try hand-writing a greeting in chalk and switching out the message between Halloween and Thanksgiving to make your decoration last, or staking your territory with a pumpkin stenciled with your house number. A stack of pumpkins on top of one another further expands the possibilities…freehand a gnarly branched tree on to the tower, spell out a word (Boo!), or create a family of owls to nest on the front steps.
There’s even a way to add an unexpected pop of color to your Halloween décor and support a great cause at the same time. The Teal Pumpkin Project was officially launched just last year by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) as a way to alert Trick-or-Treaters with food allergies that you’ve got non-food treats at the ready for them. If you choose to turn your decorations blue-green, you won’t be alone; households in all 50 states and seven countries joined the movement last Halloween. (Just make sure you also have a dish of small toys for the one in 13 Trick-or-Treaters with food allergies!)
Households across the country are having fun with the decorative aspect of this new Halloween tradition. Different shades of teal paint can be layered to create an ombre pumpkin; glitter adds some ghostly glam; colored tape makes for a mosaic, and here’s a worldly idea: repurpose a globe with a craft knife and a few embellishments for a new spin on the Jack-o-lantern!
Squash Gone Posh
To forego paint and brushes all together, keep things natural and use a medium-sized pumpkin as a vase for a mini-thicket of plants or flowers – a bed of moss stocked with succulents will last throughout the fall holidays. A little bit of liquid starch, a sugar pumpkin, and a doily or two are all you need for a pretty, country-inspired accent piece (and the doilies can be washed and used again), or try thumbtacks, sequins, rhinestones, and other baubles to create glitzy centerpieces with metallic accents.
We were so amazed by how many ideas people have for decorating with pumpkins, we put together a Pinterest board with even more projects, from the simple to the super-involved. Let us know how you’ve prettied up your own pumpkins this year!