5 Creative Pumpkin Ideas

Can you feel it?  Fall is almost here. A chill is in the air – I needed to wear a hoodie when I was out and about over the weekend. It felt delicious!

I am also starting to see Fall everywhere I go in the way of pumpkins… lots of them… I enjoy taking a trip to my local pumpkin patch early in the season to pick a few that are calling my name.

pumpkin patch

I love pumpkins – they are one of my favorite things in life – their bright orange color, the nesting feeling they bring to a home, and the pumpkin goodness they can be baked into. I celebrate the day I bring the first one into the house, but one is never enough.

In my 5 years of blogging, I have posted quite a few ideas on how I decorate with pumpkins, real and fake. I adore them in their natural state the best, but they can be decorated in many ways.

This week I will be traveling to NYC for 3 days and am taking part in a Fall home tour that starts today over at Finding Home.  My post for that will go up on Thursday this week. While I am busy getting that finished before I go,  I thought I would celebrate all things PUMPKIN.

Pumpkins are the quintessential Fall decorating staple. Just think how much they add to the mix that make Autumn lovers out of so many of us. Here are a few of my favorite ways to add them to your home.

Creative Pumpkin Ideas

Pumpkin-Decorating-Idea that uses a napkin

Decorative Napkin Covered Pumpkin can be done on real or fake pumpkins. I did this on a real one and now wish I had done it on a fake one so I would still have it.


I made this Pumpkin Purse out of a fake pumpkin.  When my girls were little they would have loved it.  I placed it by the candy I gave out on Halloween last year. A battery operated candle brings a glow to the eyes.   Foam-Pumpkin-Carving-Ideas-Candy-Jar-on-feet-made-from-cabinet-knobs

Candy Jar Pumpkin and chalkboard is a fun way to have your own private stash of seasonal candy handy.


Carved House Number Pumpkin is easy to create with a Hot Knife.  When placed on a pedestal, a pumpkin goes upscale.

Autumn-Mantel Decorating-Ideas-

I made shredding for a basket by running old book pages through my paper shredder.  When you place Jack-Be Little pumpkins on top you create Nested Pumpkin – your very own little pumpkin patch.

Even though I enjoy decorating pumpkins – I do like them best in their natural state… simply sitting on my mantel, by my front door, and one or two placed in my backyard so I can see them from my kitchen and family room.

Pumpkins in all forms put a smile in my day. XO


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  1. The napkin-covered pumpkin looks very pretty. I’m not really a good DIYer, but maybe I’ll try that out for Halloween (and ask my kids to help me out). Thanks for the ideas, Diane!

  2. Love all the pumpkin ideas! I do love fall! Love the brisk weather,colorful mums and of course pumpkins! I love the number pumpkin you did and can’t wait to make it. Thanks for the inspiration, wish I could have one tenth the talent and energy! Happy Fall!

  3. How did you mount the pumpkin with your address on top of the flower pot? They are very light weight and I know it would blow off the top with out some kind of support holding it to the planter. I bought the knife now I need additional help! Thanks.

    1. Hi Kim – Very good question. I did not have to mount this pumpkin as it sits in an area that is blocked from the wind, but I did have one in previous years that needed anchoring. I should write a post on how I did it, but in a nutshell. I place wire around a brick or rock and then bring the wire up through the bottom of the pumpkin. The length of the wire is how tall the urn or pot the pumpkin is sitting on is. Depending on the pumpkin, you can punch a hole through the bottom of the pumpkin and thread the wire through it and then kink the wire so it does not come out. This part is easier to do if the pumpkin has a removable top and you can access the inside to kink or knot the end of the wire inside the pumpkin. If you don’t have a top, use strong duct tape to attach the wire to the bottom of the pumpkin. Kink the wire up a bit so the duct tape has something to grab onto. One thin wire may slip out if the wind blows hard. I hope this helps.

  4. Yes, I do remember these wonderful pumpkins. I want to do that numbered one so much. I like the fact that it looks so flippin real and will not rot. It is still too hot here in good ol’ Florida. Have you been able to do without AC yet up there in PA?

    When it comes to pumpkins, you definitely are the girl to go to! Then too, I can not think of anything you are not the one to go to for information, ideas and all. Do you know if Michael’s have the same foam pumpkin you used for the house numbers?