I am excited it is Friday and one day away from the 1st of October. I can finally start decorating for Fall, despite the hot temperatures. Although I had my heart was set on visiting the local family pumpkin farm this year to pick out my pumpkins, the farm had to close due to economic and weather related conditions. It looks like my pumpkins will be coming from Wal-Mart and Hobby Lobby.

Some fall decorating I want to tackle this year: a new autumn centerpiece for my dining table and pumpkin decorating. I have found so many fun ideas for pumpkin decorating this year from decoupage leaf designs, to stencil drawings and even glitter pumpkins! I have never been much of a pumpkin carver. I am much better with a paint brush, plus painting saves the pumpkin from molding and rotting within a week. Last year, my pumpkins remained in my apartment, fully healthy through June. Here are some of my favorite ideas I’ll be tackling today:

Decoupage Leaf Pumpkin:

Set leaves between paper towels and flatten them under a book for at least five days.

Then brush decoupage glue on a white pumpkin and arrange the leaves.

Cut small slits along the edges of the leaves as you go so they’ll fit the pumpkin’s contours.

To finish, coat the decorated surface in decoupage glue

Tack Pumpkin:

Use thumb tacks to create a simple scroll design. The tacks can be gold, silver or white, or you can paint them in a fun color.

Stencil Pumpkin:

Cut stencil to fit pumpkin.

Spray the back of paper stencil with repositionable adhesive and let dry.

Apply stencil to top or bottom of pumpkin, pressing to secure. If necessary, cut slits in doily so it will lie flat against pumpkin.

Apply small amount of paint using a stencil brush and dabbing motion.

Allow paint to dry slightly; carefully remove doily.

Glitter Pumpkin:

Use a medium-size paintbrush to spread a layer of white glue over the surface of a small pumpkin.

Hold pumpkin over a paper plate or a sheet of newspaper to catch excess glitter.

Sprinkle powder glitter over pumpkin in several colors covering completely.

Let dry for about one hour; shake off excess glitter.

Or you can use spray glitter (find at local art store).

Monogrammed Pumpkin:

Simply paint words or a monogrammed letter on the pumpkin surface with acrylic paint. You may choose to use a letter stencil instead of free handing.



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