No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas
There is no doubt that in the South, as soon as the first leaf hits the ground, we all rush to the closest garden center to buy pumpkins for our home. They are the quintessential fall decoration, perfect for displays around the inside and outside of the home. While carving pumpkins is always on our fall bucket list, it is not practical for a carved pumpkin to last throughout the season. With these no-carve pumpkin ideas, you can add a personal touch to your pumpkins, without carving your pumpkins. We love the idea that SL craft guru Buffy Hargett Miller shared with us of using pumpkins as a planter for succulents, or simply adding a design with a touch of paint.
For this all-natural look, SL craft guru Buffy Hargett Miller started with a gray-green pumpkin. Pick one with an indented top, because the first step will be to add potting soil to fill in the hollow around the pumpkin's stem. Moisten the soil; then plant various succulents, starting with larger ones like echeverias. Create a lush look and round out the arrangement by filling in any bare spots with smaller succulents.
We like Hoffman Organic Cactus & Succulent Soil Mix ($10.90; amazon.com). Moisten soil before planting.
This luxe look begins with paint. Start by spray-painting a small pumpkin gold and a larger pumpkin a creamy shade of white. For a more formal and dramatic effect, apply gold leaf to a larger pumpkin. To create a seasonal arrangement for a sideboard, add nandina berries to the tops of both pumpkins and surround the duo with pinecones that are spray-painted gold.
Upholstery tacks in different shapes and sizes instantly dress up a plain white pumpkin.
Etch your house number, monogram, or a simple pattern into your pumpkins to add a personal touch to your front porch display.
Create elegant indoor pumpkin displays by using paint to add a design to your pumpkins.