Yes, I know…pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere!  Well, it is that time of year and so I feel I need to say something on the subject!  There are so many great ideas out there now for what to do with your pumpkins.  Well, I’ve always kind of liked the school of thought that you don’t necessarily have to carve your pumpkin to make it cute or fun.  I’m not great with carving… as my kids and husband will attest to!  I am more the “paint the pumpkin” person.  If you have kidlets at home then I’m sure you want to have the fun of sharing the pumpkin-carving experience with them, I know we did!  But, if your kids are too big to care anymore or maybe you would just like to do something fun for some outdoor holiday décor, then this blog may just give you the inspiration you need. 

If you want a little guidance when painting...use painter's tape to loosely set your design...

If you want a little guidance when painting...use painter's tape to loosely set your design...

The nice thing about painting your pumpkins instead of carving is that they will look nice and should hold up all the way through Thanksgiving.  (TIP:  Don’t get your stem of your pumpkin wet as it can cause it to rot).  I’ve see so many examples of specially-carved pumpkins that are just gorgeous but I’m afraid that just isn’t in the cards for me! 

The first step of course is choosing your pumpkins.  You want to look for shapes you like and that the pumpkin doesn’t have any soft spots on it.  Also, try and wiggle the stem and make sure it doesn’t move around a lot or that may be a sign of softening.

Polka dot pumpkin...before, during, and after

Polka dot pumpkin...before, during, and after

When you go to paint your pumpkins, let your imagination be your guide!   If you want a Halloween look for your pumpkins then definitely go for it.  Remember you can always just paint one side of your pumpkin for Halloween and leave the backside so you can simply turn them around and enjoy all the way through Thanksgiving!  Sneaky, huh?  I have always used acrylic paints and have had good luck with that.  I have always felt that the pumpkins should have a nice, homemade feel to them so I tend to free-hand mine and what I get is what I get, but if you feel differently consider using stencils for your design and if you want pumpkins that light up, you can clean out your pumpkin as if you were going to carve it, use a drill to outline your design, put some battery-powered lights inside and you are good to go! 

If you want to add a little "Halloween" to your pumpkins, add some cute little spiders or bats that you can easily remove after Halloween.

If you want to add a little "Halloween" to your pumpkins, add some cute little spiders or bats that you can easily remove after Halloween.

I decided this year, I didn’t really want my pumpkins to be too “Halloweeny” (is that even a word?  Well it is now!) so here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy my funky, non-traditional pumpkins and get some inspiration for yours!

Now, what will you do next to love where you live?

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