Directory: Halloween Decorating for Your Frightening Pleasure
Pumpkin Carving & Decoration Ideas
Decorate for Halloween
Pumpkin Decorating and Prop Ideas
Pumpkin Wreath Chandeliers
Casually adorned with colorful
fallen leaves, you can make a simple grapevine wreath that is
illuminated by tea lights inside mini-pumpkin holders. Suspended from a
ceiling hook, it gives a warm, rustic atmosphere for Halloween or just
fall decorating. Here is a
Martha Stewart guide for hanging pumpkins so they are balanced and
equally spaced on suspended wires.
Punch Bowl Prop
Rinse the outside of your
pumpkin and cut in half. Clean out seeds and guts. Using a spoon scrape
more away from the pumpkin’s inside if necessary to make sure your bowl
will fit snug inside your pumpkin. Add 2 cracked glow sticks to the
bottom of your pumpkin to make your witches brew glow.
Carving Your Pumpkin
Halloween pumpkins are usually carved, so they can be used as lanterns.
Carving a pumpkin can be as simple as creating a couple of triangular
eyes and a mouth, or, if you are feeling adventurous, you can make a
more complex pumpkin lantern intricate features or other patterns, such
as cats, spiders, ghosts, etc, or even non-Halloween motifs. To carve
your pumpkin, cut off the top (if you're going to illuminate it with a
candle) or the bottom (to provide access for an electric light cord),
scrape out the flesh, draw your design onto the surface of the pumpkin,
and cut around the outlines with a sharp knife or other carving tool.
You might find it useful to pare the interior surface of the pumpkin
back in the areas you will be cutting. Your pumpkin is then ready to be
You can either design your own pumpkin carving pattern, or you can use
one of the many that are available (very often for for free) online.
Of course painting pumpkins is an old idea, but you can always freshen
up an old idea with new techniques. You can make stencils out of
cardboard and let your kids use the stencils to make pumpkin faces.
Sponge paints work well with pumpkins and you can cut shapes out of
inexpensive dollar store sponges. You can also just fancy up the paints
by buying glitter paints, glow in the dark paints or neon paints.
There are other ways to decorate pumpkins in addition to painting and
carving. You can make any pumpkin into a beautiful Halloween centrepiece
by embellishing it with decorative items such as sequins, beads,
glitter, ribbons, streamers, pieces of fabric, you get the idea!
Embellishments of this type can also be used to further decorate a
pumpkin that has already been carved or painted.
Making a nice pumpkin collage is another great way to decorate your pumpkin.
Gather up loose buttons, plastic and foam shapes and other loose items
for gluing. You can also use an old wig or yarn to add hair to your
pumpkins. You can also have your kids cut eyes, noses and lips out of
magazines to decorate their pumpkins collage style. Collages are a
really easy way for really little ones to decorate their Halloween
pumpkin nice and fancy.
Dress up your pumpkin using vegetables. Pre-slice veggies and then let
your kids stick them into their pumpkin using toothpicks. You can have
them make a carrot nose and broccoli hair, the possibilities are
endless. This idea is best when you get your pumpkin close to Halloween
since vegetables wilt. You just want to make certain your pumpkin isn't
out in the warmth of the day for to long, night is best for veggie
Make it a Sweetie
Using candy to decorate your pumpkins is fun and simple. Your kids will
have tons of fun picking out candy to decorate their pumpkins. You can
use Chiclets for the teeth, Gummy Worms for the hair and liquorish for
lips. Of course those are just ideas, decorating with candy and other
sweets can yield very colorful results. I have even heard of people
using the type of icing that hardens to make pumpkin hair and other
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