Autumn provides a lot of decorating inspiration, and one of the best sources for inspiration is the pumpkin. Yes, those wonderful gourds are great for autumn home designs, and since pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes, these seasonal vegetables can instantly embellish your home, from the porch to the kitchen.

 

blue wheelbarrow filled with pumpkins
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Nothing says “fall” more than these brightly colored gourds. When it comes to using pumpkins as décor, let your creativity flow – there are so many ways to decorate your home with them! For lovely autumn décor, try these quick and easy pumpkin designing ideas.

Go Crazy with Typography

painted pumpkinPhoto by Justin Snow via flickr. CC BY-ND 2.0

Putting chic typography on your pumpkins can turn your normal fall décor into something more fabulous!

Monogrammed Carvings

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Halloween may still be weeks away, but that doesn’t mean that carving pumpkins is out of the equation. Consider carving a classic monogram onto your pumpkins to add a personal touch to your porch or mantel.

How do you get a monogram? Search the web for the font and font size you like, then print it out on a piece of paper. Lay the printed letter flat on the pumpkin, then use it as a guide in carving your letter. Carve these monograms in various font styles on gourds of varying sizes, then display them both inside and outside your home!

Eye-Catching House Number

Assert your individuality with your very own customized house number. Grab a big pumpkin and some paint to make a house number that will grab the neighbors’ attention. Similar to the monogrammed pumpkins, you can print the numbers first, and cut them out of the paper to create a hollow space where the numbers used to be. Afterwards, lay out the paper flat on the pumpkin and paint over the cut-out. Peel back the paper to admire your handiwork.

Welcome Pumpkin Wheelbarrow

Give guests a warm welcome with a pumpkin wheelbarrow. For this autumn decorating idea, grab a couple of big pumpkins to paint your message on. If you’re feeling extra crafty, you can also carve the message. Afterwards, grab your wheelbarrow and fill it to the brim with gourds. Put your painted pumpkins on top, embellish the entire thing with some twigs and flowers, and your welcome wheelbarrow is all set!

Use Pumpkins as Your Canvases

Decorating for fall can also be enjoyable for your kids with these fun and creative ideas:

Quirky and Colorful Gourds

pumpkin painted with swirlsPhoto by Mathematical Association of America via flickr. CC BY-ND 2.0

Give your kids some paint and paintbrushes, and let them design their own pumpkin. You can also print out patterns for them to follow when painting the gourds.

Decoupaged Pumpkins

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Grab some leaves outdoors and a jar of mod podge to create your own decoupaged pumpkins. Help your kids press the leaves on the gourds, coat with Mod Podge to make the leaves stick to the shell, then let dry. These decoupaged pumpkins make amazing centerpieces for your living or dining room table!

Glittering Pumpkins Galore

 

glitter-covered pumpkins in a variety of colors, set on a cake tray, and used as a centerpiece
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Another lovely pumpkin decorating idea is to completely cover the gourds in glitter. To make your own glittered pumpkins,  coat a palm-sized (or smaller) pumpkin with glue all over, hold the gourd above a piece of paper, then spread glitter all over it. These sparkly gourds are perfect as a centerpiece for your living room mantel or coffee table.

Make your fall décor more fun and glamorous with these pumpkin designing ideas! I’m sure there are other pumpkin designing ideas out there—can you send some my way?

If you want other budget-friendly home decorating tips, check out: Stretching Your Home Decorating Dollar With Simple Changes

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