14 Quick & Easy Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

You'll find everything from steampunk to Cinderella's carriage in this gallery of pumpkin decorating ideas that can be completed in just a few hours. 

Magic In The Garden

Create a magical pumpkin patch in your yard by carving a garden elf or fairy onto a large pumpkin. Stack smaller pumpkins on top, and carve stars in a swirling pattern on the top pumpkins to make it look like the little fall elf is casting a spell.

Cinderella's Pumpkin Carriage

Create a woodland version of Cinderella's carriage by placing four small gourds at the base of a large pumpkin. We turned our pumpkin sideways so the stem creates the driver's seat, and made our door out of a slice of birch. Glue on a bit of fabric for curtains and create a lantern with an acorn. Add your own finishing touches with beads, twine or natural elements to make a one-of-a-kind enchanted pumpkin carriage.

Pumpkin Terrarium

Create a miniature scene inside a hollow pumpkin with little wooden houses, sticks, pine cones, moss and all your favorite natural elements. Use battery powered lights to illuminate the inside of your pumpkin terrarium. This works best with an artificial pumpkin since all of the exposed surfaces in a real pumpkin will cause it to rot quickly.

Day of the Dead Deer

Celebrate the traditional Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead by painting your favorite garden critter on a pumpkin and embellishing with flowers, vines and leaves. Paint your pumpkin a solid color and, once the paint is dry, use a permanent marker to draw the critter of your choice. Add color with paint or markers to finish your design.

Flock of Crows

A flock of crows circling a large pumpkin makes a wonderful spooky indoor centerpiece for the Halloween season. Cut crow silhouettes out of black paper and use glue or double sided tape to attach them to the pumpkin. Insert the end of a wire into the top of the pumpkin and use it to continue the spiral of birds into the air.

Steam Punkins

Pull out all your old bolts and gears, nails and screws and create a steampunk pumpkin to decorate your home. Turn your pumpkin into a steampunk jack-o'-lantern, or create graphic designs with the metal pieces. Attach with hot glue or other permanent, quick drying adhesive.

Pumpkin Vase

Use pumpkin as a vase to display the beauty of your garden before the cold hits. Place a vase inside the hollowed pumpkin and arrange your flowers inside. Consider using herbs that have gone to seed, like this fennel, as your greenery.

Pumpkin Centerpiece

Make your pumpkin the centerpiece of a fall arrangement by balancing it on top of a sturdy, cylindrical object like a vase. Surround the main vase with smaller vases and fill them with your favorite fall flowers and foliage. Stack pine cones around the vases and secure with wire or glue to finish the centerpiece.

Beautiful Beans

Give your pumpkin a total makeover by covering it with dried beans. Create patterns and textures as you attach them to the pumpkin with hot glue. You can use one kind of bean for a monochromatic look, or try different varieties to add extra color to your pumpkin.

Macrame Pumpkin Hanger

Jump on board the macrame craze by creating a macrame hanger for a pumpkin or decorative gourd. Use garden twine with your favorite macrame knotting technique to add unique garden flair to your hanger.

Floral Decoupage

Decoupage your pumpkin with dried flowers for a beautiful floral centerpiece that captures the transition between Summer and Fall. You can press you flowers as you dry them, or leave a few of them more three dimensional to add extra texture to your pumpkin.

Gold Monogram

Add some shimmer to your pumpkin by decorating it with metallic leaf. We used gold leaf to monogram this pumpkin, and it's surprisingly simple to pull off. Paint your design on with metal leaf adhesive, and place the leaf over the glue while it is still wet. Once it has dried completely, brush off any excess leaf for a perfectly gilded pumpkin.

A Welcoming Arrangment

Break tradition by introducing unusual colors to your fall arrangements with painted pumpkins. Bright blue and stark white make make the orange pumpkin pop much more than it would in a traditional arrangement. Use spray paint, or brush on acrylic paint to cover your pumpkins and add words or phrases. Or choose team colors on game day.

Starry Pumpkins

Create a field of sparkling pumpkins with a drill and strands of Christmas lights. Hollow out your pumpkins and use a drill to make a pattern of holes over the surface. Fill each hole with a Christmas light and plug them in for a star covered pumpkin.

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