Pumpkins: Decorating Fun

“God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.”  I Timothy 6:17


Pumpkins.  They are another one of my “favorites” of the season.

For some, the start of fall begins when Starbucks starts selling their PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte).  I mean, it’s all over Facebook!

For me, I LOVE the Pumpkin flavored coffee from Fresh Market.  Drinking it black is the way to go.

Pumpkin everything is out.  There are cookies, bread, vinaigrettes,  pies, and the list goes on.

There is a man that sets up a tent almost year round in front of a local bakery.  I wait for him to put out his pumpkins before I buy any.

He has a wide variety of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.  There are the little gourd pumpkins, pie ones, huge ones, and Cinderella pumpkins (named because they look like her coach). My all time favorite are the ghost pumpkins – so named because they are white!

Every fall, after school one day, I take the kids and we pick out pumpkins.  Granted, picking pumpkins off of a sheet of asphalt is not quite the same as going to a pumpkin patch and traipsing through the mud in search of the perfect pumpkin, but it works.

Last Friday was Grandparents Day at school.  So, the kids each picked out a pumpkin and items (with direction from mom – needed pics for the blog) to decorate their them.  Below are the results.  No carving was required.

Here are the supplies (all found at a local craft shop):

1.  Pie pumpkins (not so big and the decor can be removed to bake the pumpkins)

2.  Ribbon

3.  Tag

4.  Decorating supplies of your choice.

5.  Glue gun (to be used by you!)

P1070222My oldest is my “tape” girl – duct tape to be specific.  However, I wanted the pumpkin to look a little sophisticated.  She used craft tape.

My second daughter loves all things pretty.  So, she picked out P1070215 (1)these metal flower stickers.  Easy enough to use but needed a little help from the glue gun to stay on.


P1070220My oldest son loves to hammer things.  Although the brads did not need hammering, they pushed in very nicely to the pumpkins and stayed in.  There are all sorts of decorative brads to chose from.

My youngest son is my “crazy” boy.  So the eyeballs were a perfect pick for him.  However,

P1070219 these were not the sticker ones (I found this out when I got home).  So, a little help from the glue gun was needed.  He showed me where he wanted them on the pumpkins and I glued them on.

 I used a black beaded sticker on my ghost pumpkin.  Super easy and it looks sophisticated.IMG_20130927_184703

The final step was to tie ribbon around the stem with a tag attached to the ribbon.

Other decorating items you can use on pumpkins are sharpies, paint, stencils, rub-ons, duct tape, nylons (black patterned ones) – basically anything you can get creative with.

Below are examples of rub-ons that I have used.



To top the day off, we had Crock Pot Pumpkin Chili.  Super easy.  It’s one of those “toss, turn on crock pot, and go” recipes. But that will have to wait until next week.

This week, enjoy pumpkin decorating with your kids.





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