10 Creative Ways to Decorate With Pumpkins
It’s that time of year! Decorate your way to a picture-perfect fall with these chic, crafty and creative ideas that work pumpkins into your decor.
1. Foyer Refresh
Freshen up an entryway or foyer table to welcome the arrival of autumn. To begin, fill a glass lantern with mini pumpkins and add in a bright white faux pumpkin or two. Include a fall color bouquet and you’re all set to celebrate the season.
2. Mix Faux and Real
For a budget-friendly design trick that will help you create a full and colorful display, try layering your walkway or entrance with a cascading arrangement of the season’s most festive colors made up of half real and half faux pumpkins. The faux ones can be used again and again.
3. Pair With Fall Foliage
Gather together piles of pumpkins and gourds and pair them with mums or potted croton for a fun and fabulous entryway. For a personal touch, consider affixing vinyl house numbers on a tall pumpkin. The vivid, seasonal hues will brighten even the dreariest of days.
4. Go Glam With Glitter
Simple yet high-impact, this DIY fall decor project injects a bit of seasonal glam. All you need is white faux pumpkins, glue, coppery glitter, a paint pen, and fresh green leaves from the yard. Simply trace the leaves onto the pumpkin with the paint pen and color them in. Then apply glue on the painted leaves and cover in glitter. Voila — glitzy glam pumpkins to use anywhere you need a fall boost!
5. Make a Topiary
Taking inspiration from shapely shrubs like cypress and myrtle, consider stacking a trio of faux white pumpkins onto a footed urn for a creative living sculpture on your front porch. Adorn it with a mix of fresh foliage, dried grasses, blooms and flowers to add texture and stability to the tower.
6. Create a Succulent Planter
Hollow out mini white pumpkins to make adorable planters for small, sculptural succulents. Cute and fun for kids, use these little creations as place markers on the dinner table or simply display them as needed throughout the house.
Similarly, try topping larger pumpkins with moss and succulents and placing them on a simple cake stand for a beautiful, one-of-a-kind seasonal planter.
7. Cozy Them Up
If you have sweaters or other pieces of clothing that you won’t be wearing another year, use them to dress up a pumpkin and bring coziness to your fall display. Just cut the fabric or knit piece to size, place the pumpkin in the middle and draw the fabric up and around the pumpkin, gathering it at the top around the stem. Use decorative rope or twine to tie around the stem to hold the fabric in place.
8. Curb Appeal MVPs
While cleverly carved jack-o-lanterns are classic and much loved, don’t underestimate the power of striped, metallic and textural pumpkins to cause a neighborhood stir. Not only do they set a seasonal tone all autumn long, they take your curb appeal to 10. Don’t be afraid to get eclectic — mix striped faux pumpkins with metallic painted ones and fabric-covered versions for a display that will be the talk of the town.
9. Stacked Centerpiece
Since heirloom pumpkins tend to be flatter than the varieties used to carve jack-o-lanterns, consider stacking a trio of them from large to small for a simple and classic dining table display. Reinforce the look by placing mini white pumpkins on chargers at each place setting.
10. Straddle the Seasons
Think ahead to winter by letting white pumpkins straddle the seasons. Just add simple, rustic adornments like pine cones and twine and attach a universal message, such as “gather” or “peace,” printed on a calligraphic tag.