By Linda Merrill, Networx
As autumn sets in, the nights are cooler and the days are shorter, and pumpkins are waiting in the pumpkin patch. Our fall tradition of decorating our homes with the autumnal colors of orange, yellow and brown is in full swing. Pumpkin carving is a time-honored tradition, but itís time consuming, takes a certain bit of skill, and itís only a matter of time before the pumpkin begins to rot. Beyond the knife, there are many ways of dressing up the pumpkin to celebrate the season. Here are a few to get you started:
- Sharpie: If you love the classic Jack-o’-lantern look without the bother of the carving process, simply draw in the eyes, nose and teeth in your favorite scary expression. The pumpkin will last all season. Plus, youíve created your roadmap should you wish to carve it out for Halloween.
- Paint: A little bit of craft paint and some imagination will transform any size pumpkin into a work of art. Because the pumpkin shape is as iconic as its color, there are no worries about obscuring the theme by painting it in any style you wish. Stripes, colorful zig-zags like a Missoni pattern, and blue and white porcelain patterns are just some of the ideas seen online. How about painting the pumpkins in metallic paints for a rich look, or in a chalk paint for home-spun appeal? With paint, you can do silly faces, basic polka-dots or easy-to-paint ants and spiders crawling all over the place – it would certainly get attention!
- Flowers: Decorate a party table with flower-covered pumpkins rather than a standard centerpiece. Simply hot glue chrysanthemum flower heads all over the pumpkin. If you prefer, you can use a long pin to secure the flower to the pumpkin.
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