I love the ritual of carving pumpkins. Though as a child we stuck to the three triangles and a mouth method, over the years we’ve gotten more creative. This is in large part due to my cousin, who hosts an annual carving party. He is well stocked with a variety of carving implements and has all manner of stencils for the artistically challenged such as myself. Last year the party yielded some great ones…


Castle, headless horseman, wolf, mummy, witch & cauldron, spider, ghost, mummy

This year, I plan to carve plenty as well, but the problem with carving pumpkins too early is that they rot much more quickly than un-carved pumpkins. Here are a couple ideas for pumpkin design you can display all October long, without the rot factor:

Painted Pumpkins:

Painted pumpkins are simple to create, last longer, and are easily displayed indoors.

Images above:

1) The Design Mom (via Pinterest)

2) Babble.com

3) Country Living Magazine

4) Rachael Ray Magazine

5) The Swell Life

Monogram Pumpkin:

Thumbtacks from the dollar store make this one super cheap and easy. Sketch with dry erase marker first.

Source: dollarstorecrafts.com via Tara on Pinterest

Japanese Washi Pumpkin:

Etsy sells the tape, can also be found online and at some craft and stationary stores. Mark your design in dry erase first, then tape.

Source: realsimple.com via Tara on Pinterest

Spiderweb Sparkle Pumpkin

Rhinestone stick-on design. Rhinestone stickies from Michael’s or most craft stores. Sketch with dry erase marker first.

Source: bhg.com via Tara on Pinterest

Stocking Pumpkin

From bhg.com: Put a pumpkin in a stocking or sheer tights. Lay lace over the pumpkin, gathering it at the bottom with your hand, to determine the location for the stem opening. Remove the lace. Cut a small circle (for the stem) with scissors and lay the lace over the pumpkin, inserting the stem through the opening. Gather the lace at the pumpkin bottom, trimming the excess, and secure the lace in place using running stitches in a wheel-spoke pattern. (I plan to secure with a tight rubber band and cut, because I don’t sew and don’t plan to start now.)

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Doily Pumpkin

  1. Cut out the center of doily.
  2. Spray the back of doily with repositionable adhesive and let dry.
  3. Apply doily ring to top or bottom of pumpkin, pressing to secure. If necessary, cut slits in doily so it will lie flat against pumpkin.
  4. Apply small amount of paint using a stencil brush and dabbing motion.
  5. Allow paint to dry slightly; carefully remove doily.

Source: imgfave.com via Tara on Pinterest

Quoth The Raven Pumpkin

This one’s a little more involved. But just look at it. To get the printable design and instructions, click through.

Source: bhg.com via Tara on Pinterest

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  1. Amy Proffitt says:

    These are all fabulous pumpkins,