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Decorating Pumpkins

December 28th, 2012 Seasonal

Pumpkins are a Halloween decoration staple, but they can also be used to dress up your home throughout the autumnal season. For Thanksgiving, try setting out a few more sophisticated pumpkins, without the scary faces and tea lights. Here are some ideas, inspired by Real Simple magazine.

1. If you like the idea of carving a pumpkin, but don't want to go with the usual Halloween scheme, try etching a more Thanksgiving-appropriate design, like a leaf or a turkey.

2. Use ribbon, tape or paint to make a plaid design. You can use fall-inspired colors like red, gold and brown or use another hue that matches your decor. Just outline where you'll be putting the stripes in chalk or light pencil beforehand.

3. Paint your pumpkins metallic. This works well when using a bunch of smaller pumpkins or a mix of different shades, like bronze, gold and silver. Metallic spray paint would make the project easy, and you could put the finished items on your mantle or use them as a centerpiece.

4. Use simple metal tacks to create a design in your pumpkin. Whether it's a phrase or your house number those pumpkins will look charming.

5. Purchase chalkboard paint, which you can paint on any surface and then draw on with chalk once it's dry. Apply a unique touch to your pumpkin by painting it black then doodling to your heart's desire.

6. Glue small objects on your pumpkins. Whether it's little pieces of candy, beads, buttons or feathers, you can create any look you want if you get a little crafty. Go with elaborate designs or simple polka dots for a fun vibe.