Two weeks ago, I taught you how to preserve your pumpkins. This week, I am going to give you a few alternatives to carved pumpkins. These alternatives are beautiful, simple, and last much longer than your typical Halloween pumpkin because they are not cut open in any way. I don’t know about you but sometimes it breaks my heart to spend so much time cleaning, cutting and preserving a pumpkin just to have to throw it away by November 1st. Which is why I typically do one of these crafty options to my pumpkins instead.
Option 1: The Melted Crayon Pumpkin
This summer, I wrote an article about melted crayon art. All you needed was some crayons with their wrappers removed, a hair dryer, and a canvas. This is the same concept except this time a real, white pumpkin is your canvas. Set your crayons on top of your pumpkin by the stem and use your hair dryer to heat them up and let the wax melt down the sides in beautiful streams of color. Voila! All done.
Option 2: Bedazzled Pumpkin
For this pumpkin, you will need lots of plastic craft gems and a hot glue gun. All you do is start gluing the gems right onto the pumpkin. You could cover the entire gourd or you could come up with a super neat pattern. Heck – you could really glue anything you want to your pumpkin – buttons, rhinestones, rocks, bottle caps – literally anything will do. Let your imagination run wild.
Option 3: Glittered Pumpkin
This is literally the easiest option of the three alternatives I am giving you. All you need is a pumpkin (fake even works with this one), glitter, and spray on glue. You will also want to cover your workspace with news paper to protect it from glue and glitter. Working in stages, spray the top of the pumpkin with glue and generously sprinkle glitter on. Work your way down the pumpkin – spray some glue on and sprinkle glitter until the entire pumpkin is covered. If you would rather use less glitter, opt for a paint on glue (like tacky glue) and paint a pattern or polka dots with the glue and just glitter those spots. Last year, I had a GIANT pumpkin and I only glittered the top of it. But you can glitter this however you want and feel free to use multiple glitter colors.
The wonderful thing about these pumpkins is that you don’t have to spend a ton of time making them and they should last until Thanksgiving as long as you don’t let them freeze.
Until Next Time,