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    Decorating with Pumpkins

    Posted by  ·  September 30, 2009

    Today we are lucky to have Kim from Today’s Creative Blog here sharing some decorating ideas for pumpkins! If you are looking for more inspiration please visit Kim’s blog where she showcases creative blogs almost everyday! It is a great way to have a glimpse of some of the best blogs on the Internet!

    Kim writes…

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    …. it is all you need to use to get your home ready for fall.

    Hey all you Skip to my Lou readers…..Can you believe Cindy gave me the reins for a day?  My first guest post…….ever.  It’s me Kim, from Today’s Creative Blog and forgive me, but I’m a bit nervous.  Cindy said I could blog on anything I wanted…….so I am choosing Pumpkins!  Decorating our homes for Fall or Halloween (or both) can be so simple by adding a few gourds.

    Lets start with the porch.

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    It MUST be inviting.  Even if you just plop a couple of mum plants with a few pumpkins, you’re good.

    A few years ago, I made (well my husband made them under my supervision) the cutest topiaries.  I love them.   Even when your husband takes over the decorating for Halloween, I still have my topiaries to balance the tackiness. Now before you start judging my poorly decorated tacky  porch…….just let me tell you that this is the ONLY holiday that my husband and son take over.  And now you know why.  But look at those cute topiaries.

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    I made my topiaries from the fake pumpkins from any craft store.  I cut a hole in the bottom and top of the 2 lower pumpkins and only in the bottom of the top pumpkin.  I used a large dowel to stack the pumpkins and also added some heavy duty glue.  I placed rocks in the bottom of my urn instead of cement, then stuck my dowel into the rocks to secure my topiary.  If you read the instructions from most online directions, they tell you to use real pumpkins and to fill your planters with cement.  No no no, it doesn’t have to be that hard.  After I stacked mine, I used cheap leaf garland and berries to wrap around each pumpkin.  You could add lights, monograms, faces……or even your address numbers.  So many options.

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    Or you can do try a whimsical topiary like this one from Better Homes and Gardens. Doesn’t look too hard.

    I love all the small pumpkins.  Especially the white ones.

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    I’ve used them for place settings, bowl fillers, vase fillers, etc.  But one I idea I plan to use year after year is using rub on’s.  BOO!

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    So easy.  Then after Halloween was over, I scraped it off and used for Thanksgiving.   These are also cute placed on candle sticks. (a black sharpie works great too)

    Why not make a simple topiary.  Simply fill a small pot with beans, lentils, popcorn, nuts…etc…..then using a small dowel and a small pumpkin you can create a darling topiary to be used anywhere in your home.

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    I like easy ideas.  I’m not like Cindy where I will actually spend a bit of time on a project.  🙂

    I can’t get enough of white pumpkins with lettering.

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    How about this easy idea from Good Housekeeping?  You’re crafty, you probably have a bit of Mod Podge around the house.  This could also be done with smaller children.

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    Seriously…….how simple could this table setting below be?  I love it when it looks so good and it’s not very hard.  If you don’t have these fancy wood pieces, why not use candle sticks, jars, or vases.  Or you could head to your local hardware store and buy some decorative wood pieces.  Anything could work. (photo courtesy of Midwest Living )

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    How about another easy peasy idea.  All you need is ribbon and pumpkins.  Darling.  (Better Homes and Gardens)

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    This next table topper idea isn’t a pumpkin, but I just couldn’t resist.  I love it!  I suppose you could place pumpkins inside, but the mini cemetery is to die for.  Pun intended.

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    While I’m off my pumpkin kick, I might as well share with you my favorite Halloween treat I found on Saucy’s blog.

    Ear Wax pops.  EWWWW.  I gotta make these.

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    I hope I’ve inspired you just a little bit to think outside the box when you see all those pumpkins at the market.  I’d love to see what you’ve created.  You can find me at Today’s Creative Blog.

    Thank you Cindy for letting hi-jack your blog for the day.  Really readers, it’s only for today.  No worries, Cindy will be back tomorrow with the goods.

    Thanks Kim for  a beautiful post even though you got derailed at the end –YUCK.  I am assuming those earwax pops are mini marshmallows dipped in peanut butter then stuck on small lollipop sticks?? Now I must say that is an original and very creative idea.


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    1. Thursday, October 14th, 2010
      I tried the ribbon on larger pumpkins, and it does look cute! I love the smaller pumpkins in the bucket. Thank you for the idea!
    2. Sunday, November 1st, 2009
      Seriously-- those ear wax pops are AWFUL! And by that I mean to Die for! :) I wish I found this yesterday, but there is always next year!

      -Cindy
      Cigar Reviews
    3. Friday, October 9th, 2009
      Hi Kim,

      These pumpkin decorating ideas are so cute! I especially love the pumpkins with the ribbon around them, they're plain with just a touch of elegance. There are so many ways you can decorate a pumpkin. Here are some more ways to decorate. http://www.favecraftsblog.com/how-to-decorate-a-pumpkin/

      Thanks for the great ideas!
    4. Thursday, October 8th, 2009
      What clever ideas you have! I'll have to try some of these with my kids. Thanks so much :)
    5. Monday, October 5th, 2009
      I love that BOO on the white pumpkins!
    6. Karen
      Sunday, October 4th, 2009
      I found this page by accident and I love all the ideas with pumpkins I will try and do some Topiary this year and make my home look inviting. Thank you for the inspiration...
    7. Saturday, October 3rd, 2009
      Oh, I love topiaries! Thanks for sharing your Halloween ideas & links. They all look so fun. Hope to see more.

      Blessings, Tracy
    8. Friday, October 2nd, 2009
      Wonderful ideas! Thank you Kim!
    9. Thursday, October 1st, 2009
      Super ideas!

      Thank you for the inspiration:)

      Ashley, with CWDkids
    10. Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
      Some of the best stuff I've seen on this blog.
    11. Debbie Stahmann
      Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
      Just adore your ideas. So cute! I hope to try some of these.
    12. Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
      I love that BOO on the white pumpkins!
    13. Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
      Wow- so cool! I will be doing that with the white pumpkins!
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    14. Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
      I was just thinking about how I want to decorate my pumpkins this year. Love that idea with the ribbon around them!

      those q-tip treats are hilarious!!
    15. Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
      Love these ideas~ I'm linking this post to my blog for future reference! Thanks for sharing!
    16. Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
      I LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I am inspired and can't wait to be the cutest house on the block!