Gather your friends and use these patriotic decorating, entertaining, and recipe ideas for this year's 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners and refreshing watermelon coolers to raveworthy party favors and more, your 4th of July party is bound to be summer's biggest shindig.View Slideshow
Create these beautiful Halloween pumpkins without lifting a knife.
Use a mix of different ribbon and rickrack to decorate your pumpkin. For a quick and easy method, start at the top of the pumpkin near the stem, and hot-glue the trim along the veins of the pumpkin.
With its goofy grin and stylish top hat, this friendly skull is more silly than bone-chilling. Spray-paint a butternut squash white. Download the free pattern and transfer it onto the painted squash. Using a small paintbrush, paint the cranial fissures, the nose, and the smile with black crafts paint. Transfer the eye pattern pieces onto black felt, cut out, and hot-glue to the squash as shown. Hot-glue 1-inch-diameter metal washers to the felt ovals for the pupils. Glue a purchased miniature top hat to the top of the squash. For extra Halloween fun, display on a skeleton candle stand like the one shown here.
Decorating this pumpkin is as easy as peeling and sticking scrapbook stickers onto the pumpkin surface. Browse the scrapbooking aisle at your crafts store to find Halloween-theme stickers in all styles, shapes, and sizes.
Make a whole family of funny pumpkin faces -- without picking up a carving tool! Watch the video to learn more.
Give plain pumpkins a flowery disposition. Begin carving as you would with a jack-o'-lantern. Carefully cut a lid (keep the stem) and remove the seeds and pulp. Using a drill or nail, make holes just wide enough for the flower stems. Cut the mums' 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.
Two pumpkins, glue, paper, scissors, and a few straight pins are all you need to create this wide-eye friend. First stack a round pumpkin (for the head) on top of a larger, oblong pumpkin (for the body). (Secure with hot glue if needed.) Use our free patterns and construction paper to create the owl's clever features. Attach the pieces to the pumpkins using glue and pins.
Display your favorite fall foliage colors with simple decoupage. Set leaves between paper towels and flatten them under a book for at least five days. Then brush decoupage glue on a white pumpkin and arrange the leaves. Cut small slits along the edges of the leaves as you go so they'll fit the pumpkin's contours. To finish, coat the decorated surface in decoupage glue.
Play fairy godmother and turn a pumpkin into Cinderella's coach. Instead of a magic wand, use corn planters for the wheels, a soap dish for the driver's seat, a drawer pull for the door, and a sink drain for the window. The little mice are mini pumpkins with upholstery-tack noses, wire whiskers, and nail feet.
Add a decorative twist to an ordinary pumpkin with a glittery web and bejeweled spider. All it takes is a few common crafts materials and an hour of your time.
Use a hot-glue gun to decorate a pumpkin with seashells and other beachcombing finds. Experiment with different-size shells.
Frost is on the pumpkin -- and your awaited guests will know winter is near when this glistening pumpkin greets them at the door. Fabric paint and glitter turned this ordinary pumpkin into an extraordinary decoration in minutes.
Dress up a plain pumpkin with glittering black rhinestones and a fake feathered crow.