Its pumkin season! and there is so much you can do with these besides eating them and making pumpkin pie that you may want to buy a few more this year so you can utilize some of these great ideas we have for you. So lets begin with our diy pumkin ideas!

pumkins decopageimage source:confessionsofaplateaddict.blogspot

Now you aren’t going to want to make these out of real pumpkins but you can find plenty of fake ones at your local craft store or maybe even at your dollar store. Once you do then let your imagination run wild. If you are going to display them outdoors then make sure you use weather proof paints or materials.

How about letting a jack-o-lantern light up you garden?

lightup pumpkinsimage source: marthastewart

These are real pumpkins so you are going to want to click on the image link to find out how to hollow these out and how to use the lights in them.

tinkerbell pumpkinimage source:instructables

This is absolutely gorgeous and can you imagine have several of these done in a Disney theme and sitting them at your front entrance. Click on the image source for pattern and instructions.

trick or treat pumpkinimage source:lollyjane

This is easily dne with stensils but you might want to use the artificial ones for this. If you do use the real ones then hollow them out and get ready to start painting

pumpkin lanterns

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All you need to do here is use a stensil to create your pattern then carve it out. For your lighting you can use a candle or a tea light, or even one of the artificial type tea lights.

snoopy pumpkin

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Now you just need to pick out the right gourds for this project and remember if they aren’t artificial then they are going to be short lived.

bear pumpkinimage source:blog.tinyprints

If you want to stay away from scary then this one is for you


wheelbarrel welcomeimage source:midwestliving

If you don’t have a wooden wagon like this think about using your garden wheel barrel to get the same effect

Preserving your pumpkin creation:

Here are the simple steps:

  1. Remove dirt: Wipe the exterior surfaces of the pumpkin clean using a damp cloth.

  2. Make a bleach solution of1 tablespoon of bleach (typical brand name “Clorox) per quart of water and put it in a spray bottle.

  3. Spray the pumpkin inside and all cut areas of the pumpkin with the solution.  This will kill much of the surface bacteria and mold that cause rotting.

  4. Let it penetrate and dry for about 20 minutes

  5. Next, rub all of the carved or cut surfaces with petroleum jelly. This will keep out new bacteria and molds as well as dramatically reduce the dehydration!

  6. Wipe away excess with a paper towel!
  7. Now, keep your pumpkin out of direct sunlight and try to keep it as cool as possible (but above freezing!) and you should get at least a week’s enjoyment out of it! Then when it’s time to go, you can employ several thousand laborers to build a giant pyramid in your backyard to entomb your Jack O’Mummy! Next week: building a pumpkin sarcophagus! Ok, maybe we’re getting carried away. But hey, kids love the analogy; anything having to do with mummies or dinosaurs!

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Okay so there you have a few starter ideas for decorating your pumpkins and gourds. Now you just have to let your imagine run wild for a bit.

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