Set your pumpkins on fire with our cool pumpkin decorating idea. Mimic a bonfire with your pumpkins to make a fun focal point for your backyard. Our free stencil means this design is surprisingly easy, too.
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Tabletop Mum Pumpkins
Update a classic display of pumpkins with a flowery makeover of blooms in seasonal shades. Begin carving as you would with a jack-o'-lantern, removing the seeds and pulp. Using a drill or nail, make holes just wide enough for flower stems to fit through. Cut the flower stems about a half inch from the flower head, and poke the stems into the holes. Keep the inside of the pumpkin moist; flowers will last two or three days.
Harvest Pumpkin Basket
There's no better way to capture the essence of autumn than with a simple basket filled with cute miniature pumpkins and gourds. Pick different colors, sizes, and shapes, then layer them in a wicker basket or old bowl and place the arrangement on a patio table or porch railing.
It's fun to create a strikingly sweet pumpkin grouping with a little masking tape, spray paint, and a drill. Use the tape to outline stripes, and cover the parts you'd like to remain orange; spray-paint black. Let dry completely, then remove the tape to reveal your design. Use a permanent marker to adorn each pumpkin with your favorite Halloween saying, drill holes along the black stripes for light to flicker through, and arrange in a vintage metal washtub for a rustic feel.
Black Pumpkin Display
Grinning jack-o'-lantern faces will be all you'll see on Halloween night with this collection of black carved pumpkins. Simply paint your jack-o'-lantern with black acrylic or spray paint before carving. Use painter's tape around the stems to keep them paint-free.
Green Lantern Gourds
Illuminate your Halloween decor with pretty and unexpected luminarias made from large, smooth-skin gourds. Their green color lends a fresh look to the season’s harvest motif.
First, make a hole in the side of each gourd that’s large enough for your hand, then scrape out the inside. Pick your favorite design and use a pencil or ballpoint pen to mark it on the skin.
Using an awl, paring knife, or crafts knife with a V-shape blade, carve out your designs. (You also can use a power drill with different-size bits.) Finally, tuck a strand of lights inside to illuminate the night.
White Pumpkin Doorframe
Frame your front door with an elegant display of white pumpkins and fall foilage. Simply stack groupings of three white pumpkins with faux moss, nests, or other fall foliage in between each pumpkin. Cornstalks, mums, and a cozy fall wreath make beautiful additions to the Halloween display.
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Funny Pumpkin-Carving Project
Our too-funny pumpkin-carving idea is perfect for your front porch. Kids and adults alike will love the goofy jack-o'-lantern.
Tiered Fall Display
Fill a wire tiered plant stand on your porch to display your fresh fall finds, such as apples, foilage, pumpkins, and other gourds. Wooden bowls and vintage crocks add interest to the outdoor pumpkin decoration.
Stacked Pumpkin Message
Create a welcoming outdoor pumpkin decoration for guests and trick-or-treaters this year.
Pick three short, wide pumpkins for this front porch display. Print the free pattern onto transfer paper. Transfer one word per pumpkin, and use black acrylic or crafts paint to fill in the outline. Stack pumpkins on an urn laced with creepy vines or spooky spiderwebs for a festive entryway.
Display a collection of various sizes and shapes of pumpkins for a beautiful outdoor Halloween decoration. Simply pile your gourds in a planter and place on your porch. If the planter is too large for your collection, fill with a block of florist's foam to keep your pumpkins at the top.
Carve a monogram into pumpkins and place them on your front porch to welcome guests to your bewitching abode. Using a small, medium, and large pumpkin, carve the initial in different sizes and fonts. Layer the pumpkins on an old chair or stool to show off your handiwork.
Candy Corn Pumpkins
Place colorful no-carve candy corn pumpkins around your yard for a fun display this Halloween. Choose cone-shape pumpkins and clean their surfaces. Spray-paint the pumpkins, to achieve the candy corn look.
Editor's Tip: Cover stems with painter's tape to keep clean.
Adorable Owl Pumpkin
Let this cute owl pumpkin haunt your porch this Halloween. We'll show you how simple he is to create!
Metallic Leaf Pumpkins
Bring beautiful shine to your home this Halloween with a pair of pretty metallic pumpkins. Collect fallen leaves and spray-paint them gold; let dry. Paint one pumpkin white and the other gold. When dry, use crafts glue to attach the metallic leaves to the white pumpkin, then arrange the pair together on your porch or front step.
Pumpkin with Floating Candles
Setting the perfect autumn ambiance starts with an exquisite Cinderella pumpkin. Cinderella pumpkins are large and deeply lobed, making them ideal for holding water and floating tea lights. Hollow out the pumpkin and remove the top with scalloped cuts to emphasize its natural shape. Add water, light the floating candles, and let the moonlit magic (or mischief) begin.
Light Bright Pumpkins
Give your porch a ghostly glow with a trio of shining pumpkins. You can use any kind of pumpkin, but we like the different colors and sizes of the Lumina, Long Island Cheese, and Jarrahdale types. Hollow out each pumpkin, making sure to scrape the sides smooth. Use a drill and a small bit to create different patterns of holes that will snugly fit the string lights. Finally, create a larger hole in the back so you can connect the cords to power.
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Pumpkin Mouse House
From its Swiss cheese cutouts to its miniature residents, our funny mouse-house pumpkin packs a lot of charm. Just hollow out a large pumpkin, then use a power drill and 1/2- and 1-inch flat wood bits to cut holes in the pumpkin. Spray-paint the pumpkin a light yellow, making sure to cover the cut edges of the holes. Purchase plastic mice and place them in the holes and around the pumpkin.
No-Carve Animal Print Pumpkins
Put the carving kit away -- these trendsetting pumpkins require no messy hollowing or cutting. Instead, use patterned duct tape in animal prints, such as zebra and leopard, to create different patterns and designs on each pumpkin. Strips of black tape add simple and elegant accents to the fun patterns.
Transition your favorite glass lanterns from summer to fall by filling them with gourds and miniature pumpkins. Try adding paper silhouettes for extra drama, then set out on your porch or patio.
Hanging Bat Pumpkins
Skip the carving and cast a spell by drawing bats on white pumpkins using a permanent marker. To hang, cut a length of thick jute and knot one end through a large washer. Drill a hole in the top and bottom of each pumpkin and use wire to pull the twine through the holes.
Create these crawling critters for a creepy lawn decoration. Choose orange or white medium-size round pumpkins for this project. Poke four holes in each side of the pumpkins with an awl and attach jumbo black chenille stems to create spider legs. Use adhesive glue dots to connect white and black crafts foam circles for spider eyes. Place around the lawn for a frightful surprise.
What better way to welcome guests this fall season than with a wheelbarrow filled with pumpkins and gourds? Use a paint pen to write a friendly greeting on one of the larger pumpkins. Choose a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes to make the display especially pretty.
Editor's Tip: Add a jack-o'-lantern to the pile to get ready for Halloween.
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