Just because it’s Halloween it doesn’t mean you have to do the traditional spooky face pumpkin. Why not go floral and glamorous instead and create great centrepieces and focal points for windows, tables, dark corners…?
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The best pumpkin decorating ideas
The autumn floral decorated pumpkin
You will need: 2 pumpkins ✦ Matt white spray paint ✦ Acrylic paints in your choice of colours ✦ Paint brush ✦ Pencil
- First, paint both of the pumpkins with the white spray paint. Once both of the pumpkins are covered and none of the orange skin is showing through, leave them to dry overnight.
- To create the floral motifs on the smaller pumpkin, mix pink acrylic paint with red to create a peachy colour. Use this to paint circular shapes onto the pumpkin.
- Using another colour, paint on the leaf shapes. We love this deep blue colour, but you could also go for classic green. If you aren’t confident about working straight onto the pumpkin, use a pencil to draw the leaves on first and then fill the shapes in with the paint.
- Using the darker colour, add small circles to each of the floral motifs to create an illustrated style of floral.
- For the larger pumpkin, use the same peach colour to paint two circular shapes onto the middle of the pumpkin. Add lines with tear drop shapes to create foliage branches stemming
from the flowers.
- Finally, add buds by painting small circles at the top of the stems, then paint dark circles on the centre of your floral motifs as you did with the first pumpkin. Leave to dry overnight.
Craft and images courtesy of Hobbycraft
Pretty lights pumpkin
Essential ✦ 1 pumpkin ✦ Sharp knife
You will need: ✦ Tablespoon ✦ Pencil ✦ Drill with a small drill bit attached
- Using the knife, cut a large circle into the top of the pumpkin for the opening. Take off the top and scoop out the insides with the spoon (remember to reserve the seeds for roasting).
- With your pencil, draw the pattern you want to create onto the pumpkin. Once you’re happy with the design, it’s time to start drilling. Drill small holes along the lines you’ve drawn being – take care not to drill them too close
to each other.
- Once you’re done, give the pumpkin a final clean and put a tea light into it. Adding a lick of paint is also a nice touch.
Craft and images courtesy of AO Life
The glamorous pumpkin
Essential ✦ 3 pumpkins ✦ Gold thumb tacks ✦ Matt white spray paint ✦ Eucalyptus branches ✦ Pussy willow stems
- For this centrepiece display, start by painting your pumpkins with matt white spray paint. Apply 2-3 coats and leave each one to dry before moving on to the next.
- Once your pumpkins are completely dry, use the thumb tacks to create designs. You could follow the natural grooves down the pumpkin or create a concentric spiral pattern from the top right down to the bottom.
- Once your designs are complete, set your pumpkins in the middle of the table and tuck the eucalyptus branches and pussy willow stems decoratively around them.
Craft and images courtesy of AO Life
How not to waste the pumkin
Food waste is a problem all year round, but at Halloween it’s especially bad – as many as 7 out of 10 carved pumpkins don’t get eaten. Environmental charity Hubbub wants more of us to eat our gruesome gourds. The charity has found that:
- In the UK, 15 million pumpkins are carved, but not eaten, at Halloween
- Laid end to end, the wasted pumpkins would stretch over 2,500 miles – that’s almost three times the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats
- 18,000 tonnes of edible pumpkin ends up in the bin each year after Halloween
- Visit hubbub.org.uk/pumpkin-rescue to find out how you can run a Pumpkin Rescue event and help to prevent food waste.
- Before you cook a pumpkin that has been painted, you must make sure that all of the paint has been removed. Peel the skin carefully and wash the flesh thoroughly