52 Unexpected and Amazing Ways to Decorate Pumpkins - Bob Vila

52 Unexpected and Amazing Ways to Decorate Pumpkins

It’s happening again, people! The parade of pumpkin pies, pancakes, and spiced lattes has begun, proclaiming loudly that fall is here, and Halloween, with its triangle-eyed, orange faces, is right around the corner.

For your autumnal decor to really stand out, the classic jack o’ lantern just doesn’t cut it anymore. That’s why we’ve collected the most creative examples of carved, painted, etched, pierced, glued and electrified pumpkins to raise the bar for your own pumpkin fest.

So whether you’re a novice carver or an expert DIY-er, you’ll find some inspirational ways to jack up your lantern and pump up your pumpkin to make your neighbors scream… or at least say, “Wow!”

1. Decoupage Pumpkin

Pumpkin Decoupage

Photo: pocketfulofdreams.co.uk

2. Porcupine Pumpkin

Pumpkin Porcupine

Photo: marthastewart.com

3. Clock Pumpkin (It really works!)

Pumpkin Clock

Photo: builtbykids.com

4. Gold Thumbtack Pumpkin

Pumpkin Thumbtack

Photo: madiganmade.com

5. Steampunk Pumpkin

Pumpkin Steampunk

Photo: lostetter.wordpress.com/

6. Ombre Pumpkin

Pumpkin Ombre

Photo: http://fun.kyti.me/

7. Pumpkin Bowl

Pumpkin Bowl

Photo: quick-dish.tablespoon.com

8. Dry Ice Pumpkin

Pumpkin Dry Ice

Photo: chemistry.about.com

9. Pumpkin Vase

Pumpkin Vase

Photo: kojo-designs.com

10. Cheeseburger Pumpkin

Pumpkin Cheeseburger

Photo: milkteaandpolkadots.blogspot.com/

11. Mini Vampire Pumpkins

Pumpkin Mini Vampire

Photo: marthastewart.com

Related: 25 Bewitching Ways to Decorate a Pumpkin

12. Instagram Pumpkin

Pumpkin Instragram

Photo: swelldesigner.blogspot.com/

13. Polyhedral Pumpkins

Pumpkin Polyhedral

Photo: mathcraft.wonderhowto.com

14. Embroidered Pumpkins

Pumpkin Embroidered

Photo: greeneyed.com

15. Cannibal Pumpkin

Pumpkin Cannival


16. Crayon-Dripped Pumpkins

Pumpkin Crayon

Photo: jennymayandswede.blogspot.com

17. Death Star Pumpkin

Pumpkin Death Star

Photo: fantasypumpkins.com

18. Chalkboard Pumpkin

Pumpkin Chalkboard

Photo: zakkalife.blogspot.com

19. Lace Patterned Pumpkin

Pumpkin Lace Pattern

Photo: marthastewart.com

20. Glitter Pumpkin

Pumpkin Glitter

Photo: swelldesigner.blogspot.com

21. Cookie Cutter Pumpkins

Pumpkin Cookie Cutters

Photo: southernliving.com

22. Volkswagen Microbus Pumpkin

Pumpkin VW

Photo: thefancy.com

23. “Liberace” Pumpkins

Pumpkin Liberace

Photo: auntpeaches.com

24. Detailed Design Pumpkin

Pumpkin Detail

Photo: http://thebluebrick.ca/

25. Stocking Pumpkins

Pumpkin Stocking

Photo: http://blog.makezine.com/

26. Pumpkin Diaramas

Pumpkin Diarama

Photo: ohsolovelyvintage.blogspot.com

Pumpkin Jail

Photo: kitcheninferno.blogspot.com

27. Argyle Pumpkins

Pumpkin Argyle

Photo: www.that-is-all.com/

28. Celtic Pumpkins

Pumpkin Celtic

Photo: picasaweb.google.com/106122037578918150251

29. Pumpkin Teeth

Pumpkin Front Teeth

Photo: thecraftsdept.marthastewart.com

30. Gold Leaf Pumpkins

Pumpkin Gold Leaf

Photo: stripesandsequins.com

31. Epsom Salt Pumpkin

Pumpkin Salt

Photo: davisdaybyday.blogspot.com

32. Pumpkin Messages

Pumpkin Message

Photo: http://blog.dofaso.com

33. Color-Block Pumpkins

Pumpkin Colorblock

Photo: happymundane.com

34. Priceless-Work-of-Art Pumpkin

Pumpkin Van Gogh

Photo: intricateart.com

35. “Orange” Pumpkins

Pumpkin Orange

Photo: momtastic.com

36. Glazed Pumpkins

Pumpkin Glazed

Photo: centsationalgirl.com

37. Mardi Gras Pumpkin

Pumpkin Mardi Gras

Photo: swelldesigner.blogspot.com

38. Stem Nose Pumpkin

Pumpkin On Side

Photo: fun-gallery.com

39. Pumpkin Votive

Pumpkin Votive

Photo: flickr.com/pommes_frites

40. Pumpkin Portraits

Pumpkin Portraits Jack Sparrow

Photo: rolandbv.blogspot.com

Pumpkin Portrait Yoda

Photo: fun-gallery.com

Pumpkin Portrait Jack Nicholson

Photo: dailybits.com

41. Pumpkin Bird Feeder

Pumpkin Bird Feeder

Photo: themotherhuddle.com

42. Pumpkin Caterpillar

Pumpkin Caterpillar

Photo: bhg.com

43. Chevron Pumpkin

Pumpkin Chevron

Photo: birchandbird.com

44. Googly-Eyed Pumpkins

Pumpkin Googly Eyed

Photo: marthastewart.com

45. Polka Dot Pumpkin

Pumpkin Polka Dot

Photo: ohmyowls.com

46. Dip-Dyed Pumpkins

Pumpkin Dip Dyed

Photo: apartmentherapy.com

47. Ribbon-Wrapped Pumpkins

Pumpkin Robbon

Photo: inspiredwhims.com

48. Pumpkin Carousels

Pumpkin Carousel

Photo: thespottedfox.com

49. Leaf Print Pumpkin

Pumpkin Leaf Print

Photo: bhg.com

50. Pumpkin Cheshire Cat

Pumpkin Cheshire Cat

Photo: flickr.com/charleym143

51. Pumpkin Keg

Pumpkin Keg

Photo: celebrations.com

Related: 8 Other Things You Can Do With a Pumpkin

And for the lazy pumpkin decorator…

52. Harry Potter Pumpkin

Pumpkin Harry Potter

Photo: thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com

For more pumpkin-centric DIY, consider:

Pumpkin Carving 101
How To: Preserve Your Jack o’ Lantern
6 Pumpkin Carving Tools to Put the ‘Jack’ in Your Lantern

Also check out this video on warding off Halloween pranksters: