Halloween Pumpkins: Faux Can Be Fabulous

Forget fresh! For crafty Halloween pumpkins you can display year after year, faux is your new best friend.

When it comes to Halloween pumpkins, I think many of you seasoned crafters will agree with me when I say that faux can be fabulous. Oh, I know, there are always pumpkin purists who like the squishy sensation of pumpkin innards oozing through their fingertips (You know who you are!) or prefer the look of a real pumpkin or choose real so they can roast the seeds — tasty recipe here, btw — but my personal choice is faux.

Why, you ask? Because, quite honestly, I am a project-aholic. At any given time, I have too many projects started and not enough time to finish them all, so when I buckle down and take the time to bling out a pumpkin, I want my hard work to be displayable for many years to come. If you're like me, our Halloween feature is hooking you up with lots of creative ideas for faux pumpkins. Here are 5 of my faves:

Go for the Glitz

Thanksgiving Metallic Pumpkin Decorations

Thanksgiving Metallic Pumpkin Decorations

Give faux pumpkins a glamorous makeover with gold, silver and copper leaf to add just the right amount of sparkle to any indoor fall display or Halloween centerpiece. Bonus: You can later incorporate these glitzy gourds into your Thanksgiving decor.

Carve-Free Kitties

Black Cat Pumpkins

Black Cat Pumpkins

Use basic craft supplies — like paint, felt and pipe cleaners — to make a whole litter of these lucky black cats. You can use fresh pumpkins, if you prefer, but these friendly felines are so cute that faux pumpkins are a better bet so you can display them year after year.

Make This: Black Cat Pumpkins

Seasonal Server

Double Duty Pumpkin

Double Duty Pumpkin

©Layla Palmer

Layla Palmer

Cut a faux pumpkin in half to create a lidded container for serving Halloween candy. The waterproof foam interior also makes these a great cooler when filled with ice and beverages.

Make This: Pumpkin Candy Dish

Add Some Sparkle

Halloween Glittered Pumpkins

Halloween Glittered Pumpkins

Budget-friendly school glue and black glitter are all you need to give natural or faux pumpkins a chic makeover. Choose an easy pattern for crafting with kids or go with a timeless design, like a monogram or graphic pattern, for a sophisticated look. 

Make This: Glittered Pumpkins

Stack a Friendly Character

Pumpkin Totem Pole

Pumpkin Totem Pole

Add some personality to your front porch with a pumpkin topiary in the shape of a totem pole. All you need are a few lightweight faux pumpkins, basic craft supplies and a little imagination.

Make This: Jack-O'-Totem

More Ways to Perfect Your Pumpkin

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Go for the Glitter

Carve With Your Kiddos

Make a Haunted Pumpkin Fairy Garden

Turn an Old Pallet Into a Grinning Jack

Cast a Spell

Add Some Texture

Photo By: Image courtesy of Sam Henderson

Make Pumpkin Magic

Mini "Pumpkin" Wreath

Owl Pumpkin

Turn Mini Pumpkins Into Friendly Bats

Go Crazy for Candy

Photo By: Aaron Dyer

Black Cat Pumpkins

Pumpkin Candy Dish

Point the Way

Photo By: Aaron Dyer

Light Up the Night

Stack a Rustic Centerpiece

A Sweet Idea for Mini Pumpkins

Photo By: Ben Goldstein

Create Your Own Pumpkin Family

Stack a Jack-O'-Totem

Make a Gourd-Geous Vase

Make Carving Child's Play

Bring On the Glitz

Play Peekaboo

Add a Sophisticated Silhouette

Disguise Pumpkins as Mushrooms

Photo By: Ben Goldstein

Make Your Mark With a Monogram

Photo By: unknown ©Layla Palmer

Go for a Gothic Look

Who's That Masked Pumpkin?

Photo By: Ben Goldstein

Repurpose Upholstery Trim

Go Trendy With Fabric

Make a Pretty Fretwork Pumpkin

Think Small

Put a Pumpkin to Work as a Serving Bowl

Photo By: Liz Gray

Spell It Out

Ribbon-Embellished Pumpkins

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