It’s the month of the Great Pumpkin. Yes, it seems that Charlie Brown did get some things right, after all. The timeless animated classic titled It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown written by cartoonist Charles M. Schultz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, pays homage to the glorious pumpkin. And we couldn’t agree more with Charlie Brown—pumpkins are great.
Yes, it’s October and that means these seasonal delights are only here for a couple of months. In our opinion there’s no better combination than pumpkins and fall. Not only are they a versatile fruit, they’re also an excellent and inexpensive fall decorating necessity. There’s no question that to accessorize your home for fall pumpkins are mandatory.
To usher in the fall season we found tons of creative, fun and easy ideas to help you and your family incorporate pumpkins into every room in your home. That’s the good news. Now, for the great news—the ideas are kid-friendly and a carving knife isn’t required. To add some fall flair to your space, try these great decorating ideas that can instantaneously transform any home from bland to glam. And, we haven’t ruled out a little spooky and kooky, too. Here’s how.
Craft Paint Goes a Long Way
While a pumpkin’s natural orange color adds a lot of life to a room, matching it with your décor can be problematic. While basic orange and black is still the norm, painting a pumpkin to coordinate with your décor is all the rage. Black and orange works best for those that like it spooky and traditional. For those that like an eclectic look try popular colors like blue, pink, turquoise and yellow. With a little creativity and some foolproof ideas and tips from Good Housekeeping we’re sure your pumpkin patch will be extra special this year.
Plaid, Stripes and Polka Dots
If you have never used washi tape you’re in for a surprise. This versatile masking tape comes in all sizes and in countless colors, patterns, and motifs. From plaids and bats to orange stripes and pink and white polka dots, finding the right pattern to match your décor won’t be an issue. It can even be cut into shapes and taped to the surface of any store-bought real or foam pumpkin. We’ll let you in on a secret—when you’re done you’ll want to put them everywhere. Washi tape can be found at any major retail craft store. Learn how to Make a Washi Tape Pumpkin from Mom4Real.
Buttons, Bows and Craft Store Finds
Whether you put them all over, spell out a bewitching word, or make a pretty pattern, buttons are a super easy way to add creativity. Kids will love the endless possibilities. Have them paint a pumpkin in the color of their choice then watch the magic happen when buttons are glued to the exterior. For another variation add a bow to the top of the stem in a coordinating ribbon. Rickrack, a flat braided woven fabric used to trim clothing, can be used either horizontally or vertically. Its zigzag shape makes it a fun alternative. Have the kids make their very own rickrack pumpkins by following this blog from Eddie Ross.
Pumpkin Floral Arrangements and Centerpieces
Craft and fabric stores are the perfect places to find artificial flowers that can be easily fastened to a craft pumpkin or a real one. All you need is a game plan and a good glue gun. For DIY floral arrangements faux pumpkins work best. They come in a variety of colors such as orange, white, kraft, and even gold if you search long enough. When formulating your plan just think of the pumpkin as a vase. Then let your creativity flow. Check out HomeBNC.com for its list of 32 Pumpkin Centerpieces for Fall and Halloween.
Root for the Home Team
Whether you’re a Longhorn fan, a Texas Aggie, or a Baylor Bear a pumpkin with your favorite team’s logo will definitely show your true colors and team spirit. For example, the burnt orange color of the University of Texas isn’t quite a perfect match to a natural pumpkin’s hue. But it is close and it can work in your favor. If you’re not a stickler for such things you won’t have to change the color. However, you will have to add an identifying element. Making a stencil of a longhorn, an outline of the state of Texas, or a capital T will work just fine. Paint it in white and you’re ready to go. Create the ultimate sports team pumpkin with these ideas from Pinterest. If your heart belongs to the Aggies or the Bears, maroon and green pumpkins are in this year. Go teams!
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