Decorating with Pumpkins

Author: Alecia Pirulis

Happy Jack-O-Lantern

I began my 50-minute journey to work this morning like every other morning … except there was a bit of a chill in the air, so I grabbed a sweater as I dashed out the door, breakfast smoothie in hand. Traffic was heavy, and the radio DJ was cutting up as usual, making jokes about current events. As I cruised through town, I was bombarded by orange orbs. Everywhere I looked, there they were: adorning the coffee houses and restaurant signs. Lining the entrance to discount stores. Stacked in bins in front of supermarkets. All with big, bold letters announcing their arrival: “PUMPKIN!”

Pumpkins have become synonymous with autumn. And while they are great to cook with – you can find everything from pumpkin soup to pumpkin bread to pumpkin fudge – they are just as much fun to decorate with. What else says “fall” like a bright, orange pumpkin?

While traditional Jack-O-Lanterns are great, it’s too early to carve a pumpkin if you want it to last until Halloween. But that doesn’t mean it is too early to bring them into your apartment. With some imagination and creativity, you can have an amazing fall display on your kitchen counter, fireplace mantle, and coffee table in no time.

Create some unique and one-of-a-kind “craft” pumpkins. Gather together beads, ribbon, buttons, old zippers, rick-rack, etc. and use them to decorate your pumpkins. These would be great for a craft room or give one as an autumn hostess gift for someone who likes to sew.

For a more modern display, spray paint some pumpkins black and then add silver accents (silver glitter paint, fake gems, silver ribbon, etc.). Or paint a large pumpkin with black chalkboard paint. You can use brightly-colored chalk to decorate your pumpkin – and change it whenever you like (this is also a great idea if you have kids – they can count down the days until Halloween on the chalk pumpkin).

For those who are a little more quirky with their décor, a pumpkin city is fun and funky. Use stencils to add a different building to each pumpkin and arrange them on the fireplace mantle or in a window.

Craft stores and dollar stores are selling foam pumpkins now – these are great if you want your handiwork to last indefinitely. Cut a foam pumpkin in half and decorate it (paint it, add ribbon, gemstones, and glitter or make it spooky by adding fake spiders, bats, and cobwebs) and then hang it on your door or on the wall. These are so pretty you might not want to take it down when the season ends!

Handmade gifts are great – they are inexpensive and one of a kind. Crochet a basket of pumpkins to hand out to friends at your next Halloween party or crochet a bunch of Jack-O-Lantern bookmarks to give out with (or instead of) Halloween candy to trick-or-treaters.