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DIY Pumpkin Decorations For Halloween & Thanksgiving

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The leaves are changing colours, the air is getting cooler and pumpkins are back in the shops, markets and grocers again, which can mean only one thing. It’s definitely autumn! While pumpkins  are extremely delicious in soups and pies and used as jack o’ lanterns for Halloween, there’s so much more that we can do to celebrate pumpkin season, like these cute pumpkin decorations that work for both Halloween and Thanksgiving.

origami pumpkin garland

My Poppet shows us how to make the cutest origami pumpkin garland that gives that seasonal feel, whilst being very minimalistic. I love the use of different orange and brown tones to evoke all the autumn colours. You could make them even more kawaii by adding a little face onto a few of them!

kawaii pumpkins plush pattern

If sewing is more your crafting style then how about these plush pumpkins from Red Ted Art recycling old t-shirts and old pillow stuffing. If you’re a beginner sewer, then you’ll find links to a post about the different types of stitching as you go through the tutorial, which is really helpful.

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How about these cute pom-pom pumpkins from Art Beat Box? You could use them as place settings for a Thanksgiving dinner or for a garland, just like the origami ones.

pumpkin planters

You could repurpose a pumpkin into a fully compostable (albeit temporary) succulent planter, just like these from The Hip Homestead. They look gorgeous with those succulents inside. Save those scooped out seeds for eating, feeding the birds, or even replanting in your own garden.

kawaii pumpkins

If you don’t love carving pumpkins or digging those innards out, then maybe painted pumpkins is the way to go! Ooly shows us how to make the most kawaii pumpkins with little painted faces. (Just remember – don’t put the painted parts of pumpkins in the compost unless the paint specifically says it can be).

pumpkin decorating ideas

Lovely Indeed suggests either writing little spooky messages on the sides of tiny pumpkins for Halloween or decorating little cream pumpkins with gold botanical designs for a seasonal touch.

Which will you try first?

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2 responses

  1. Suzanne avatar

    I love pumpkins, and all of these are great! My only issue with that planter is it’s intended to decompose, I want that all year long, it’s wonderful!

    1. Emma avatar

      I know, wouldn’t it be great if it lasted longer? However, it will make your house look beautifully seasonal while it’s there. Glad you enjoyed the post!

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