Pumpkins with a Twist

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Give your pumpkins a little twist when it comes time to decorate them. Add jewels, paint, carve, etc. It's easy and there's no wrong way to go about it.

It’s the time of the year to see thousands upon thousands of pumpkins everywhere. The thing is, when you buy one, what are YOU going to do with it? I pondered over this myself. My kids get one each every year, too. Last year, they wanted to paint their pumpkins. This year, they wanted to carve them. However, I wanted to do a little bit of both.

So, I decided to add some painting to my simple cutout and created a sugar skull pumpkin. This is a fairly simple and easy thing to do. All you have to do is carve out a nose and eyes and let the painting do the rest. You can even use a permanent marker, too. It’s really just a bunch of repetitive designs like lace patterns, flowers and swirls. Not sure what you like, draw some things on paper, first. If you want to stay symmetrical with your designs, draw it on thin paper and then slowly trace your pattern or design onto the pumpkin. Be sure to go slow enough that the ink soaks through the paper and onto the pumpkin.

Pumpkins don’t always have to be simply carved. Although, the traditional jack-o-lantern is still cute in my book! So, this year, I want to encourage you and yours to twist it up a bit. Take a different approach to decorating your pumpkin.

Here are a few ways to decorate your pumpkin:

  • Carve only: make a simple design to cut out with your knife or craving utensil
  • Paint only: get out the paint brushes and outdoor paint but be sure to clean your pumpkin and dry it thoroughly
  • Carve and paint: carve and paint your pumpkin to get an even more detailed look
  • Stickers: kids love stickers and can use the foam themed ones to make a scene on the pumpkin
  • Plastic accessories: you can purchase items like Mr. Potato Head arms and legs to stick into the pumpkin or even find some skeleton parts at the dollar store
  • Jewels: add jewels in a variety of patterns to dazzle it up
  • Lace: wrap your pumpkin in a pretty lace
  • Ribbon: add ribbon to your pumpkin as a bow at the stem or tacking it down from the stem to the bottom in a vertical fashion


Kiera Ashford is associate editor of Nashville Parent and mother of two rambunctious kids and a new baby!

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