Whoo Goes There?
Paint a fall night scene -- complete with bats and a spooky owl -- onto a pumpkin. Add another dimension with an etched moon.
Entwine your pumpkin in carved leaves. Get the free stencil online, trace on the pattern, and then cut away the outer skin using pumpkin-carving tools.
Pumpkin Path Lights
Light up an entry or walkway with these pumpkin lanterns. Use a drill to bore holes into painted pumpkins. Finials complete the lantern illusion. An access opening in back lets you load your lantern with LED tea lights. To hang, pass an eyebolt through the pumpkin and suspend from a shepherd’s hook.
It’s a Wrap
Mummify your pumpkin with strips of torn drop cloth wrapped around and held in place with hot glue. The beady eyes are door bumpers (#308861) painted to look like eyeballs.
Spray-paint a clean pumpkin black or white. Dip a brush into paint and drizzle paint onto the pumpkin one color at a time, turning and tipping it for even coverage and to remove any paint that collects around the stem. After one coat dries, layer on another contrasting color.
Drill out the sides to insert gourd arms. Add a green gourd nose held in place with dowels (#19377) and paint three small gourds to attach on top as eyeballs. Carving a goofy grin completes the look.
Going Around in Circles
Get twisty with this quick no-carve decoration. Cut sisal rope (#349209) into a variety of lengths. Use a glue gun to attach rope to the pumpkin in coils of different sizes. Attach large coils first and fill in spaces with smaller ones.
Let nature inspire your pumpkin carving. This pumpkin's leaf design mimics the fall leaves around it. Start by attaching the downloadable stencil to the pumpkin with pins or tape. Outline the pattern by poking holes about a quarter of an inch apart with a sharp object, such as a needle or straight pin. (The more complicated the design, the more time this will take.) Remove the paper stencil and scrape out the design. To speed up the process, use an oscillating tool to scrape just the top layer of skin.
Tip: The pumpkin's glow depends on the thickness of the flesh. For less light, leave the skin thick. For lots of light, scrape until it's thin.
Pumpkin carving can be a hoot, especially with this owl design. Download the pattern and attach it to the pumpkin. Outline the pattern by poking holes about a quarter of an inch apart with a pin or other sharp object. Rather than traditional carving, create grooves for the thin lines of the owl's face. Hold the blade at an angle and carve on both sides of the outline to create a v-shaped channel.
Feeling a little batty? Try this spook-tacular pumpkin design that uses a bat shape as the pumpkin's nose and mouth. Attach the stencil to the pumpkin with a pin or tape. Outline the pattern by poking holes about a quarter of an inch apart with a pin or sharp object. Scrape off the pumpkin's top layer of flesh. Be sure to leave a thin layer of flesh to achieve a two-toned look.
Star-Gazing Cat Pumpkin
Skip the traditional jack-o'-lanterns this year. Instead, light your doorway with a new scene. This cat watching the stars is perfect for the season. Use the downloadable pattern to trace the scene. Outline the pattern by poking holes about a quarter of an inch apart with a pin or sharp object. Scrape out the sky around the cat and stars.