Pumpkins, along with pounds of candy and grotesque ghouls, are some of the first things we think of when Halloween nears. Especially when it comes to decorating. But instead of sticking to traditional carved pumpkin designs this year, we suggest giving any of the following blogger DIYs a try.
Mini Pumpkin Wreath
Wreaths shouldn’t be limited to the loops of green garland laced with ribbons and pinned to our doors in December. Blair’s adorable Miniature White Pumpkin Wreath from Not So Shabby, Oh So Chic is perfect for fall and can transition all the way through January.
Stuffed Fabric Pumpkins
Alison’s Stuffed Fabric Pumpkins from The Allison Show are great, kid-friendly decorations, that can easily double as throw pillows.
Mini Pumpkin Vase
Scrape out the guts from your pumpkin and fill it with something much better: fresh flowers. Natalie from I Heart This Blog shows us how.
Polka Dot Button Pumpkin
Jessica from Mom 4 Real finds a fun way to use up that massive collection of buttons you’ve been saving for what seems like decades: Funky Button Polka Dot Pumpkins.
Crayon Drip Pumpkin
Whether it’s a full box of 96, or just the eight basic colors, these Crayon Drip Pumpkins from Alexa of The Swell Life, are beautiful and easy any way you melt them.
Ribbons are far too often restricted to wrapping presents and adding pizzazz to cheerleaders’ ponytails, but who says they can’t add a little funk to traditional Halloween pumpkins? The Dandy Lover blog gives a gorgeous example of how it really can work.
Vintage Book Pumpkin
Rediscover the past with This Vintage Book Pumpkin from Lucy at the Craft Berry Bush.
Mini Pumpkin & Gourd Votives
Ditch any ceramic or glass votives you might employ for a bit of sultry fall lighting; mini pumpkins and gourds are the perfect size to make gourd-ous fall candles. Check out Nienke’s idea from the Revel Blog.
Burlap pumpkins aren’t quite as bright as your average orange pumpkin, but the neutral color makes them the perfect fall decoration for any décor. Lauren from The Thinking Closet gives a step-by-step tutorial that looks just about as simple—and adorable—as can be.
Scrapbookers will feel right at home making this decoupage Scrapbook Pumpkin. Although Leslie from Wonderfully Made used black and orange for her design, we think any color scheme will work wonderfully.
Shayna’s Concrete Pumpkins from The Wood Grain Cottage will neither go out of style nor rot on your doorstep. Quite the contrary, they’ll grow even more charming as they age and might just become a permanent fixture in your garden.
Dryer Vent Pumpkins
Have you ever thought, “Man, I bet I could make something really cute with those dryer vents”? Probably not. Courtney from A Diamond in the Stuff, on the other hand, did, and turned old dryer vents into adorable fall pumpkins.
If you’re planning to glam it up this Halloween as a costumed Marilyn Monroe or Lady Gaga, Jackie’s Glittery Pumpkins from Teal and Lime will add the extra sparkle your costume so desires.
Pumpkin Place Card Holders
Jordan’s adorable Pumpkin Place Card holders from Oh Happy Day will quickly draw your guests to their seats, leaving any unnecessary shepherding out of your hands.
Metallic Pumpkins, from of Eden of Sugar and Charm, add beautiful and shiny contrast to earthy-themed table settings.
Kids will have fun changing the face of their Jack-O-Lantern each day with these easy Chalkboard Pumpkins from Small Fry Blog. Bloggers Nicole, Emily and Jenna let their kiddos go wild on the designs.
Spooky Halloween Terrarium
Shoeboxes are out; pumpkins are in. You’d be hard-pressed to find a teacher that would give Chelsey anything but an A+ on this Spooky Halloween Terrarium from The Paper Mama.
Paper Pumpkin Lanterns
Both kids and adults alike can have fun putting these pumpkin-shaped paper lanterns together thanks to Kersey from Momtastic DIY.
Pumpkin House Number
With the days getting shorter and dark falling earlier, house numbers are hard to spot while searching for the destination of your Halloween bash. Make life easy for your guests with Ashley’s Jack-O-Lantern style House Numbers from Lil Blue Boo.
Glittery Decoupage Pumpkins
Glitter and decoupage is a craft lover’s match made in heaven. Give this matrimony a chance—Halloween style—with Jen Allyson’s Glittery Decoupage Pumpkins from The Project Girl.
Although corn season is coming to a close, Kristen from Craftiments has a great idea for using up any remaining husks. Already composted all your husks? Tamale wrappers make a good substitute.
Canning Lid Pumpkin
If you don’t have pounds of canning material stocked in your pantry, these canning lid tops are easy to come by at major craft stores. Ring in the changing of seasons with this adorably crafty and rustic Canning Lid Pumpkin by Katie from Fun Home Things.