Bella Vida by Letty

Pumpkin Decorating Inspiration

Today is my turn to be featured on the

September Fall Crawl 
Theme: All things Fall Inspired

From September 19th to the 30th this crawl will highlight talented bloggers for you to discover. Each post will feature Fall Inspirations ranging from fall crafts, DIY projects, Food, Recipes, Decor and much more.

First I’d like to give a big thanks to my regular readers and subscribers and a warm hello to the new.  Visually my blog posts usually feature my photography, paintings or anything creative that I’ve been working on.  I also have a great love for words and reading. As a teen if I was bored I would read the thesaurus and think of smart alec ways to use new words. Some posts are short stories, some interesting fact, while others are educational focusing on topics that interest me such as women in history.   And finally I try to make the posts uplifting, motivating, inspiring by adding some of my favorite quotes.  Feel free to look around. I hope you find something interesting.

Today I wanted to create an inspiration post for fall decor featuring pumpkins.

Last years mistake with the knife inspired exposed pumpkin brains.

When I was in elementary school in Chicago, the class would pile up in a bus for our annual field trip to a farm in Wisconsin Dells.

We would have a blast riding the ponies and petting the animals.  My favorite activity was inside the big red barn.  There was a thick rope fastened to the roof where we could take turns swinging and landing on a soft giant stack of hay.  Now that was fun!

After we had our fun and right before it was time to head back we were allowed to roam the farms pumpkin patch. It would usually take the entire time allotted for me to chose the perfect one. I remember one year I chose one that was so big I could barely carry it.  But I managed to bring it home anyway.  My Pops carved it up for us and my Mom roasted the seeds in a pan with a dash of salt.  I didn’t like the seeds but I didn’t tell mom. 

Every fall I decorate with pumpkins. I have a few plastic pumpkins in storage that I bring out but I try to have real ones too.  Last year we did minature ones in a group with varying shapes and colors. Unfortunately those photos are not on my laptop.  I did find this one of a pumpkin that got messed up while being carved but we used our imagination to make it work. 

The following photos are from my Fall Inspiration Pinterest board.
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The most popular method of decorating pumpkins is carving.  There are people with amazing talent and patience able to create intricate carvings. Here are a few pumpkin carvings that inspire me.

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A very detailed headless horseman theme inspired by the book The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

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These carvings can be made by tracing an image then coating the silhouette with ink.
You can also use paint.

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I really love this idea.  It’s a lace pattern carving inspired by a handkerchief.  This is the perfect project for sitting quietly focused on a repeating task.

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This made me laugh.  What a funny creation = A pumpkin burger!!

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This bear sculpture is absolutely adorable.  A great way to make use of several pumpkins.

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If you don’t like to carve pumpkins because of the mess or you cannot be trusted with a knife here are some alternative ideas for you.

Use Paints to decorate your pumpkin.  Using paints is a kid friendly alternative to carving.

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You can paint funny, silly or scary faces.

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It doesn’t have to be spooky. You can paint a beautiful pattern.
Try looking at your favorite pieces of linen for pattern inspiration.

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You can add letters to spell words or names. Address numbers would also look nice.

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A great way to recycle is to stick, stab or glue things onto the pumpkin.
This is what I will be doing this year. I’m going through my craft supplies and toy bins to see what I can re-use.

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I really love these antique keys arranged to spell Fall.

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Recycled Toys

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I saved the best for last. These are some incredible creative uses for pumpkins I would not have thought of on my own.

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A Vase

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A Basket

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To keep your drinks chilled

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To hold candy.

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10 Interesting Pumpkin Facts you Never Wanted to Know

  1. Pumpkin seeds can be roasted as a snack.
  2. Pumpkins contain potassium and Vitamin A.
  3. Pumpkins are used for feed for animals.
  4. Pumpkin flowers are edible.
  5. Pumpkins originated in Central America.
  6. In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.
  7. Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
  8. Native Americans flattened strips of pumpkins, dried them and made mats.
  9. Pumpkins are 90 percent water.
  10. Pumpkins are fruit.

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I hope you found inspiration here and I’d love to hear your fall decorating ideas.

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“Produce great pumpkins, the pies will follow later.”

“We fancy men are individuals; so are pumpkins; but every pumpkin in the field goes through every point of pumpkin history.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.” Elizabeth Lawrence

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