Today I got to appear on my favorite Portland morning show, More Good Day Oregon, and share some quick and easy no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas. Here are all the supplies and instructions you need to make these crafts. Click here to watch the video.
1. Lace-Covered Pumpkin
This spookily elegant pumpkin is quick and easy to make with a foam pumpkin. Pick up sheer Halloween fabric at your favorite craft store, or use creepy cloth from the dollar store Halloween section. I tested out several methods for making this pumpkin, and this was the easiest!
- Pumpkin (foam)
- A square of sheer black lace
- Black fake rose
- Black ribbon or bow
- Straight pins
- Craft knife
- (optional) Hot glue gun and glue
1. Cut a 1-2″ hole in the bottom of the foam pumpkin.
2. Cut a square of lace fabric that goes all the way around the pumpkin, plus a few inches.
3. Snip a hole in the center of the fabric for the stem to peek through.
4. Wrap the lace around the pumpkin and tuck the ends into the bottom hole.
5. Poke a hole in the top of the pumpkin with a pin and stick the rose into it.
6. Add a ribbon or bow to the top of the pumpkin and secure with a straight pin.
Where to buy pumpkins: I got my white foam pumpkins at Michaels, but you can also find them at Jo-ann, or if you are lucky (they sell out quick!), you can find small foam pumpkins at Dollar Tree. You can paint orange foam pumpkins white with acrylic paint if you need to. OR, use real white pumpkins! Use pins to tack the lace to the bottom of a real pumpkin, instead of carving a hole in the bottom.
I buy the best heirloom-style real pumpkins at my favorite pumpkin patch in Salem, OR, Another Pumpkin Patch, where ALL the proceeds of sales go to Farmers Ending Hunger and Marion County Food Share.
References for the lace pumpkin:
- Lace Pumpkin by Amy Tobin
- Fishnet Stockings Pumpkins by Cathie Filian
- Dollar Store Lace Pumpkin by Starshine Chic
- Party Craft Lace Pumpkins by Pink Cake Plate
2. Glitter Dot Pumpkin (Idea from Alexa at SwellDesigner)
This fun glittery pumpkin is easy if you pick up the large Aleene’s Tacky Dots sold at Michaels (in the adhesive aisle). It’s also a great opportunity to break out your gorgeous Martha Stewart Glitter that you’ve been saving for a special occasion. Ahem. Or is that just me? You can also use any glitter you have on hand, or glitter from the dollar store. Any glitter will do – just say yes to the glitter!
- Foam pumpkin
- Aleene’s Tacky Dots (Large)
- Paper plate or large sheet of paper to catch glitter
- Ribbon or bows
- Straight pins
1. Place one row of Tacky Dots evenly spaced around the bottom of the pumpkin. Apply first color of glitter.
2. Repeat step for each color of glitter, working your way up the pumpkin.
3. If needed, brush excess glitter off pumpkin with a soft paintbrush.
4. If desired, add a ribbon or bow to the top of the pumpkin and secure with a straight pin.
Reference for the Glitter Pumpkin:
- Ombre Glitter Polka Dot Pumpkins at Swell Designer
3. Mustache Pumpkin (Idea from Alexa at SwellDesigner)
These whimsical mustache pumpkins are fun and easy to make. Use packages of stick-on mustaches (you can find them in the costume section of any store), or buy mustache scrapbooking stickers (mine are from EK Success – Sticko Stickers, and I found them at Walmart).
- Foam Pumpkin
- Mustache stickers
- Straight pins
1. Stick stickers on foam pumpkin, randomly distributed. Or, make a funny face, if you want.
2. Add a ribbon or bow to the top of the pumpkin and secure with a straight pin or hot glue.
Reference for the Mustache Pumpkin:
- Mustache Pumpkins at Swell Designer (photo shown here)