75 Super Creative Pumpkin Decorating Ideas to Try This Autumn

These gorgeous gourds will get your front porch fall-ready in no time.

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Brian Woodcock

Let your crafting skills shine this Halloween with these genius pumpkin decorating ideas. Whether you go with a classic carved creation or a pretty painted project, your gourds will wow the entire neighborhood.

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Brian Woodcock
Quilt Scrap Pumpkin

Tear or cut a into small squares. Working one square at a time, brush on the fronts and backs of squares with a craft brush. Attach them to the pumpkin, brushing more Mod Podge on top. Repeat, overlapping squares as you go, until pumpkin is covered.

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Brian Woodcock
Beanbag Toss Pumpkins

This creative idea doubles as a game you can play with your kids! Start by cutting large holes in the bottom of two pumpkins; scoop out the pulp and seeds. Download and trace the on the pumpkins, then cut out the faces. Stack the pumpkins and use skewers to help hold the top pumpkin in place. To play, toss beanbags into mouths—10 points for bottom, 20 points for top.

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Brian Woodcock
Spool Pumpkins

Remove the stem from a small delicata squash and set it aside. Hot-glue on the top and bottom of the squash. Wrap the squash with yarn, overlapping to keep it in place. Hot-glue the stem in the center of the top wood round.

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Brian Woodcock
"Fall" Jar Pumpkin

If you can't get enough of mason jars, you'll love this idea. Remove the stem of a medium pumpkin and set it aside. Use to spell out “fall” and hot-glue to the pumpkin. Paint the pumpkin and twine with . Let dry completely. Place a 9-to-10-inch upside down on the pumpkin. Hot-glue the stem to the center of the pan.

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Snow Cone Pumpkins

Use red, orange, yellow, green, and blue craft paint to paint stripes on small white pumpkins. Once dry, spray the pumpkin with a and sprinkle with . Cover a 3-inch-high rectangular cardboard box in colorful craft paper. Poke 2-inch holes, corresponding to the number of pumpkins you have and spacing evenly, in the top of the box. Place snow cone paper holders in holes and fill halfway with white sand. Place pumpkins on top.

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pumpkin decorating ideas fish
Brian Woodcock
Prize Fish Pumpkins

First, on the side of a mini pumpkin, scaling up or down as necessary. Chisel out the fish. Insert a for the eye. Fill a small plastic bag with water and place the pumpkin on top. Tie the bag closed with colorful twine.

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pumpkin decorating ideas pin cushion
Brian Woodcock
Tomato Pincushion Pumpkin

Begin by running in the creases of a medium and small pumpkin, using hot glue to hold it in place at the tops and bottoms. Cut pointy collars (on a tomato, this is technically called a “sepal”) from green felt and attach with hot glue. Wrap a piece of twine around the stem of the small pumpkin and hang from the stem of the medium one. Insert to mimic pins.

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pumpkin decorating ideas pigs
Brian Woodcock
Mama Pig and Piglet Pumpkins

How adorable is this little family? Begin by downloading and tracing our on , then cut them out. Cut out inner ear pieces (they should be slightly smaller than the felt) from . Use craft glue to attach the paper to the felt. Hot-glue the ears and noses to the pumpkins. Paint two pumpkin seeds with black craft paint. Hot-glue seeds for eyes for mama and small black buttons for mama’s nostrils and piglets’ eyes and nostrils. Twist pink pipe cleaners in coils; hot-glue one to the back of each pumpkin to create tails.

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Yarn Ball Pumpkins

Wrap a pumpkin with , overlapping the yarn to keep it in place, and covering as much as desired. Thread through the yarn for a fitting finishing touch.


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Bunny Pumpkin

Hop to it! First, download our and templates and trace on . Feel free to scale up or down as necessary to fit your pumpkin. Then, cut out. Trace nose “button” on , again, scaling up or down as necessary and cut out. Hot-glue pink nose button on the center of a white pumpkin. Use craft glue to attach twigs from wheat stalks to the back of the gray nose top; glue on top of pink button, overlapping slightly. Outline the bottom of the nose with , using hot-glue to attach. Attach ears and for eyes with hot-glue.

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pumpkin decorating cake
Brian Woodcock
Bundt Cake Pumpkin

This sweet "cake," looks almost good enough to eat. To make this pumpkin, start by using to paint a drippy-looking glaze on a Musquee de Provence pumpkin, which naturally mimics the shape of a bundt. Display your delicious looking creation on a cake stand along with a mini pumpkin prize ribbon.


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pumpkin decorating cow
Brian Woodcock
Cow Pumpkin

Old MacDonald's got nothing on you! Download our and trace on brown leather, scaling up or down as necessary, and cut out. Download our and trace on a , again, scaling up or down as necessary; cut out. Hot-glue ears, nose, and forehead to the bottom of a pumpkin. Be sure to place the nose just below center. Paint two pumpkin seeds with . Hot-glue seeds for nostrils, black buttons for eyes, and for horns.

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pumpkin decorating balloon
Brian Woodcock
Hot-Air Balloon Squash

Okay, so this isn't a pumpkin, but it might be the cutest decorated squash we've seen. Start by adding stripes to a red Hubbard squash, which naturally mimics the shape of a hot-air balloon. Use varying colors of and overlap as necessary to create desired width. Next, thread string through a and attach to the pointy end of the squash with a nail or thumbtack. Fill basket three-fourths full with as this will keep it from getting too heavy. Then, top with mini pumpkins. Finish by inserting a hook into the stem end of the squash; tie rope around the hook to hang.


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Brian Woodcock
Knockdown Game

Challenge the family to a spirited seasonal competition. Cut numbers (three “10s,” two “5s,” and one “1”) from colorful paper. Attach to small orange and white pumpkins with double-sided tape. Stack pumpkins—10s on the bottom, 5s in the middle, and 1 on top. To play, toss to knock down pumpkins.


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Brian Woodcock
Prize Ribbon Pumpkins

Your pumpkins will take the top prize when you deck them out with this winning idea.

For each ribbon, cut two paper rounds—one two inches and one one and one-half inches larger than a mini pumpkin—from paper in the color of your choice.

Next, trim the edge of the small circle with . Place the smaller circle in the center of the larger circle and attach with craft glue. Cut two rectangular strips of the same color paper and notch the bottoms. Add a decorative border using a or . Glue rectangles to the back of the larger circle, overlapping at the top center, but angling out at the bottom.

Cut a third circle, about one a half-inch smaller than the pumpkin; use a to make a hole in the center and add a decorative border with the corresponding color paint pen. Hot-glue large circles and tails to the back of pumpkin and thread small circle over the stem (use hot-glue to hold in place, if necessary).

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pumpkin decorating tickets
Brian Woodcock
Ticketed Pumpkins

Tickets, please! Begin by separating a roll of into individual tickets. One ticket at a time, brush glossy on fronts and backs with a paint brush. Attach to a pumpkin, and continue to add more, overlapping them as you go and finishing with on top. Repeat until the entire pumpkin is covered.


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pumpkin decorating corn husks
Brian Woodcock
Corn Husk Pumpkins

Tear (or tamale wrappers, if you'd like) into one-fourth to one-half-inch strips. Cover a pumpkin in the color of your choice with strips, hot-gluing in place on the top and bottom. Hot-glue smaller strips around the stems of pumpkins. You'll need about 25 strips for a small pumpkin and 75 for a large pumpkin.

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pendleton pumpkins
Brian Woodcock
Pendleton Pumpkins

Let those classic inspire these motifs, all created with .

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Paint by Numbers Pumpkins

Because these retro relics often feature fall scenery—tree-lined trails, babbling brooks—you can find them gracing the heart-pine paneling in plenty a cabin. To create the ones you see at left, photocopy your favorite works of art (or simply and print your favorite scenes, scaling them up or down as necessary). Cut paper printouts into half-inch strips, and attach to white pumpkins using . (Line up the image as best you can, taking heart in the fact that some imperfection adds charm.) Attach twig "frames" with hot-glue.

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Woody Wagoneer Pumpkin

Trace the Wagoneer template on , scaling up or down as necessary, and cut out; attach to a pumpkin with . Cut the wood panel from , and attach to the wagon. Use hot-glue to attach to the wagon to outline the windows and wood panel. Glue a small spiral of cording to create the gas cap and a zigzag to create the bumpers. Hot-glue small for the wheels and small twigs to the roof to create the roof rack. Top with a toy canoe and oars.

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acorn squash pumpkins
Brian Woodcock
Acorn Squash Pumpkins

A produce section staple this time of year, acorn squash is an obvious pick to mimic the classic nut, so squirrel away this easy idea. Cut a 4-foot piece of , and attach one end near the stem of the squash with a ; wrap the twine around the top third of the squash, applying hot-glue intermittently. Adhere end with hot-glue, and trim excess twine.


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cabin in woods pumpkin
Brian Woodcock
Cabin In the Woods Pumpkin

Remove stem from a large pumpkin. Attach two pieces of wood in an inverted "V" shape using . Attach a triangular-shaped piece of wood in the top corners of "roof" with hot-glue; cover the wood with . Attach stem to the wood roof with hot-glue to create a chimney. Use pinecone scales to create overlapping shingles on roof (secure with hot-glue). Insert a piece of thin wire into the chimney, and wrap a puff of batting around the wire to create smoke. Rest the roof on top of the pumpkin. Create a window by gluing twigs in a 4-pane window shape. Pleat two small pieces of fabric, and hot-glue to the back of the window to make curtains. To make the door and threshold, use an l-bracket to attach two small pieces of wood perpendicular to each other. Use hot-glue to attach twigs for the door frame. Attach leaves to create a wreath. Make a "walkway" with small rocks.


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Brian Woodcock
Dartboard Pumpkin

Scale the dartboard template up or down as necessary. Use template to cut 10 triangles from and 10 triangles from . Adhere to the pumpkin, lining up the edges, as shown above. Use template to cut rings from black, red, and . Adhere the large black ring on the outside of the triangles, overlapping the edges slightly. Adhere the red ring along the inside edge of the black ring, overlapping edges slightly. Adhere the green ring on the dartboard. Use the template to cut small circles from green and red paper; adhere to the center of the board. Hot-glue silver cording along the seams of the white and black triangles. Adhere on the black ring. Add darts as desired.

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wood burning stove pumpkin carving idea
Brian Woodcock
Wood Burning Stove Pumpkin

No cabin evening is complete without a roaring fire. To assemble yours, cut a hole in the bottom of an extra-large pumpkin, and scoop out pulp and seeds. Trace the door template on the pumpkin, scaling up or down as necessary. Chisel out the outline, and use a knife to cut out the windowpanes. Paint the pumpkin (excluding chiseled section) black. Fill with sticks longer than the hole, and top with . Remove the stems from four small pumpkins, and paint pumpkins black; place stove pumpkin on top. Rest a piece of solid, over the stem; attach pipe to the wall or ceiling to help it stay upright.

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Brian Woodcock
Silhouette Pumpkins

Photograph your subject from the side. Scale photo as needed, then cut out profile. Trace and cut profile from black craft paper. Using , adhere cutout to a white paper circle cut to fit interior of a . Secure unit to pumpkin. Glue trim to edge of white paper.


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Barn Quilt Pumpkins

Start with a white pumpkin, such as a "Lumina." to create a stencil of desired quilt pattern. Tape the stencil to the pumpkin and use a foam stencil paintbrush and acrylic paint to create the pattern. Repeat as desired. Take note: You don't have to put your pumpkins out to pasture once Halloween is over. Display your handiwork year after year with .



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Brian Woodcock
Sheep Pumpkin

Start with two small white pumpkins or paint regular pumpkins a matte white. Use a knife to remove the stem from one and stack both as shown, using wooden skewers to secure. Cut a rectangular piece of faux sheep fur (often called "Sherpa Fur") and shape into a snout, gluing ends together with fabric glue. Stitch or hot-glue pink embroidery floss onto the tip to finish the nose. Cut two triangular shaped ears from the same material and attach both nose and ears to top pumpkin using hot-glue. Wrap knobby white yarn around three fingers, three times. Slip the loops off fingers and tie one end together with a piece of yarn. Clip the opposite loops with scissors to create a tassel. Repeat until you have enough tassels to cover the top pumpkin, then attach to the top pumpkin using hot-glue. Trim as necessary. Hot-glue two horns as shown and two black buttons in place for eyes. needed.)


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Brian Woodcock
Spatterware Pumpkin

Pull out a paintbrush and whip up a speckled country classic. Paint a pumpkin a crisp white. When dry, use a paintbrush and blue paint to create various sized blobs for spatter effect as shown.


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sunflower pumpkin carving design
Brian Woodcock
Sunflower Pumpkins

Cut a hole in the bottom of two to three pumpkins, and scoop out pulp and seeds. onto pumpkins. Use a knife to cut out the petals and leaves. Starting in the center of the sunflower, use hot-glue to attach different colors of twine in a spiral pattern. For the stalk, attach green twine in a tight zigzag pattern with hot-glue. Remove the stem from the bottom pumpkin(s); stack as shown.(No wilting sunflowers here! Use wooden skewers to secure your stack.)



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Pickup Truck Pumpkin

Turn an oblong pumpkin on its side, then . Use a potter's needle tool to indent the outline. Chisel out the truck's window and outline using a small potter's ribbon tool, then paint truck desired color using acrylic paint. Stain three mini wooden craft sticks with wood stain; cut off rounded ends (reserving two) and cut one in half. Use hot-glue to attach the sticks on truck bed (trimming as needed) to create the railing and rounded ends to create bumpers. Hot-glue buttons for wheels. Attach a toy trailer and fill with mini pumpkins. Take a trip to the hardware store to make a silo. Top a length of 6-inch semi-rigid flexible duct with a 3-inch storm collar then a 1-quart galvanized funnel (tube removed).

TIP: Before you grab those carving tools, give your pumpkin a good cleaning with a mild soap and water to help keep mold at bay.



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