Five Ways to Carve Your Pumpkin

Decorating your home for fall holidays means bringing some of nature’s bounty indoors. Pumpkins, mums, and a garland of dried leaves will transform your home from a summer hangout into a warm, cozy retreat.

This year when you carve your pumpkins, why not think outside of the jack-o-lanterns? We scoured the Internet and found five fun ways to carve or embellish the orange gourds. Enjoy!

 

Photo credit: Country Living Magazine
Photo credit: Country Living Magazine

 

Instead of a face, carve flames into your pumpkin and place them on your fireplace hearth. You can also etch the shape into the orange skin of your pumpkin, keeping it fresher longer. The result is a family-friendly way to keep the fires burning.

 

Photo credit: Southern Living
Photo credit: Southern Living

 

Simple polka dot holes turn pumpkins into festive lighting for Halloween or Thanksgiving. Use a sharp, stainless steel apple corer or cookie or biscuit cutter to make the holes perfectly round. Stacked into a topiary and embellished with twigs and leaves, the look is whimsical and enchanting.

 

 

Photo credit: Midwest Living
Photo credit: Midwest Living

Paint a message to your guests on your pumpkins. “Welcome Friends” would be appropriate all season, or consider writing “Trick or Treat,” “Happy Halloween” or “Give Thanks.” Print your message using a script font from your computer, trace the outline onto your pumpkin and fill in with paint or permanent ink for a polished look.

 

Photo credit: Southern Living
Photo credit: Southern Living

 

Line your walkway with these adorable luminaries that feature the shapes of fall cut into mini pumpkins. Use stainless steel cookie cutters for a quick and precise design. Then light them at night to help guests find their way to your door.

 

Photo credit: Martha Stewart Living
Photo credit: Martha Stewart Living

If you love snowmen during the winter, how about creating their fall counterpart: pumpkin people? Get creative and make one to represent each member of your household – even the dog and cat. When the season is over, you can harvest the seeds and pulp for snacks and desserts.


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