I love fall! The warm drinks from pumpkins, hot cider, walking in the leaves, football games… What I HATE is carving pumpkins. I enjoy eating pumpkin, roasted seeds, picking pumpkins… but scoop out that nasty stringy stuff, no thank you. I also dislike how it makes my pretty pumpkins die a slow, gross death, making keeping them on the porch until Thanksgiving near impossible.
So let’s talk about some mess-free pumpkin options.
This whole project takes less than 20 minutes. It’s a sure thing the kids will get into it too. When we made the pumpkins for this post, my 8-year-old finished it up the letters after I did the first one. Yay for help!
I picked up our supplies at the dollar store near me. So each pumpkin cost me $1 to decorate (and I scored these pumpkins at Aldi for less than $3) I love an UNDER $5 project, don’t you?
- 50-300 thumbtacks.
I got silver, but you could spray paint them and make them colored if you wanted. Or paint your pumpkin first. We have done this before where each kid did the first letter of their name. Other words you might try: thanks, hello, boo
You can hardly see it, but after I settled on a design (on paper) I penciled it onto the pumpkin. Start pushing your thumbtacks at intersections of the lines in your letters to ensure great spacing.
VINYL STICKER DESIGN:
- vinyl number or letter stickers
I was looking for letters but found these great bold numbers for $1. Love the school style look they added to this tall pumpkin. Plus it had us counting like The Count from Sesame Street. Other ways to use stickers: your house number, your latitude and longitude, 10/31/16, the year.
Don’t the pumpkins look so cute by the front door? We leave them there through Thanksgiving. Then we go pumpkin bowling with them – this had become a family tradition. Seeing which one goes the farthest, and which one finally makes the biggest mess.
Round up of more no mess to little mess pumpkins to decorate with this fall:
(left to right) Click links for details and directions.
- Herringbone Paint Pen Patterning by Lovely Indeed
- Upholstery nails in a pumpkin by Country Living.
- Sequin Polka Dot pumpkins by Sugar and Cloth
- Chevron stripe and polka dot painted pumpkins from Family Circle
- (a little messy) Paint Dipped Pumpkins by Ciera Design
- Burlap ribbon wrapped pumpkins from Country Living (a printed ribbon would be adorable too)
Tag your no-mess pumpkins with #yourdayyourstyle on Instagram so we can see what you did – mess or not.
Enjoy your day,
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