As the days get closer to Halloween, the less time you have to get your pumpkins ready for their debut. And for those of us fighting off hurricanes here on the East Coast or for families balancing work, relationships and even children, a four hour long carving session (not including clean up) is not going to be near the top of the ToDo list. So if you want to give your collection of orange squash some holiday cheer, there are a slew of ideas that take little to no time, no sharp knives necessary.
1) Metallic spray paint – Grab some cans of your favorite metallic colors and a stack of newspaper, pop off the lids and get spraying. You can tape off the stem if you want to leave that natural. Stick different sizes and colors in clusters around the house for a chic holiday feel. Best part, they will probably last until Christmas since there are no actual punctures to the pumpkin.
2) Matte black spray paint – For a darker and creepier look, pick up a can of matte black spray paint. Make sure you put a couple layers covering the whole pumpkin including the stem. If you want to get more artsy, add sections of black gloss paint in between sections of the matte black. But, for a spooky and very macabre feeling, stick to one large slightly odd shaped matte black pumpkin. On a table, in the corner or on your doorstep, it just looks haunting.
3) Decoupage – This one takes a little more effort. Find a good newspaper, magazine or vintage book, rip up pieces from it, grab some decoupage gloss and get glueing. You will have a pumpkin that looks like it was purchased at an home store for quite a pretty penny.
4) Painted faces and designs – For those of you who are creative and like to play with colors, paint brushes, stencils and designs, these ideas are for you. Use the back of a paintbrush to add dots, trace designs and pictures onto your pumpkin and paint around them, add glitter, rhinestones and stickers for a diva pumpkin. Paint glasses and different mustaches on to make a collection of people pumpkins, the hipster, the Sherlock Holmes, etc, etc.
5) Plastic eyes – This is the easiest. Just go to your local art supply store, grab a variety bag of googley eyes and some glue and start sticking them.
6) Lace – Got some decoupage gloss left over, use it to stick on pieces of a lace ribbon, or take a full sheet of lace and wrap the entire pumpkin.
7) Thumbtacks – This is such a simple and creative idea though not a long term one. Just stick the tacks in a design all over and voila, you have a studded pumpkin. Edgy and cool, this will probably take you about 30 minutes total.
8) Candy – Isn’t this the time of year that there is an overabundance of candy everywhere. Why not channel a gingerbread house and use it to decorate your pumpkin. There are candy corns that you can glue like this person did making a sea urchin pumpkin, but it might take a little more time than just spray painting. And make sure to keep your candy pumpkins away from the rain, heat, and any pets especially if you are are using chocolate. These probably won’t and shouldn’t last through the holidays.