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Easy Pumpkin Decorating and Carving Ideas

Fall is in the air, and what better way to welcome fall then with pumpkins! Having grown up on a pumpkin farm, pumpkins are near and dear to my heart.


With so many types of pumpkins and gourds to choose from, your pumpkin options are limitless.


Types of Pumpkins


  • Fairytale
  • Lakota
  • Cinderella
  • Jack-be-little
  • Jarrahdale
  • Jack O’ Lantern (carving pumpkin)
  • Funkin (a fake pumpkin)


These are just a few pumpkins that can spruce up any pumpkin display!


Decorating Ideas


  • Try pumpkins with a few cornstalks from your local farmer and a hay bale. This combination can make a winning display outdoors, and it is an inexpensive option. 


  • If you are looking for an easy decorating idea for your dining room table, there is no better pumpkin to display on your table than the Jack-Be Little. An adorable miniature pumpkin, the Jack-Be-Little can be paired with some Indian corn to be a stylish fall centerpiece. Another perk of the Jack-Be-Little is that they last a long time, so your display will last all fall.


  • If you are looking for another way to make your pumpkin chic, try painting your pumpkin!


Tennessee painted pumpkin


You can make your pumpkin any color you want to match your home, porch, dining room, etc. One way is to paint your pumpkin with blackboard spray paint.


blackboard painted pumpkin with chalk writing


When it dries, you can create any image or phrase on the pumpkin you want. All you need is a little chalk. Be careful not to scratch up the blackboard paint with your chalk, though!

  • Another emerging pumpkin trend is chalk paint. The chalk paint will make whatever you paint appear chalky. Chalk paint is relatively inexpensive, so find a color you like and go wild.

Pumpkin Carving


Carving a pumpkin is a classic way to decorate your home. There are many free designs to choose from this Halloween, like these 200 plus designs by Family Fresh Recipes.


I am also a fan of painting your pumpkin once you have carved it to create a multi-dimensional feel.


However, remember once the pumpkin is carved, you only have a few days before it starts decaying. Carve your pumpkins the day of your party or right before Halloween. You want to show off those mad carving skills for all your guests!

Faux Carving Options 


  • You can also draw a classic Jack O’Lantern on your pumpkin with a black, permanent marker and skip the carving altogether. If you are uncomfortable free handing your design, use a washable marker first and then trace your design with permanent marker. This is a great idea if you are in a bind for time.


  • If you are not in to permanent marker designs, perhaps you want to paint a face on your pumpkin to give it more character!

Painted pumpkin face with glasses

The options for pumpkins are limitless, and I hope a few of these ideas will inspire you to create your own pumpkin magic. You can set your pumpkins outside by your front door, along your sidewalk or inside to create a dining room centerpiece. Whatever you want to do, pumpkins make fall decor simple and colorful.

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