Pumpkins seem to be anything but orange these days. This weekend we're going picking with the girls and my parents, and I've been getting inspired by the pumpkin decorating projects I've seen online. Here are my favorite looks for pumpkins right now:
The marbled pumpkins (above) from Say Yes to Hoboken are so sophisticated-looking and grown up, but easy enough to do with kids and a bit of supervision. And options are endless since nail polish colors are more than plentiful.
I love the patterns and colors on these decoupaged botanical gourds created by Country Living, especially the one on the top left with the small orange leaves.
Inspired by this string art pumpkin from Lines Across, I think I'd actually be a little more traditional and use the nails and string to create a large spider web, then glue a plastic spider onto it. I was surprised to find no pictures online of this idea. You could even paint the pumpkin black, apply the white web (or spray it silver before tying), and get a glow-in-the-dark spider.
Maybe it's the school nerd in me, but I've always loved dioramas. So it's no surprise that I love the idea of a diorama set up in a hollowed out pumpkin. This scene from The Art of Doing Stuff, definitely captures the spirit of Halloween without being too scary or gory. This is obviously the most time-intensive, but how fun would it be to pick out and arrange all the tiny accessories inside? I like the little skeleton hand creeping out at the bottom!
Halloween is my favorite holiday. I don't get crazy yet with the decorations (no fake bodies hanging from the roof or anything, at least not while my kids are young), though I did get some 3D bats to stick to the front door. When we buy a house again, I'll probably go more all-out.
But it's time to think of costumes. I love dressing up; my husband not so much—the man's idea of a costume is a pin that says "This is my costume." Cupcake says she wants to be a butterfly, which she was already two years ago. An easy costume, though I'd love to see her as something else. I wanted to dress up Sunshine as Eddie Munster because the front of her hair can easily be made to look like a widow's peak, but no one else is on board. I can't understand why. So, I might do a homemade candy corn costume for her; it will be so cheap and simple.
Are you someone who likes easy costumes? Then here's your easy costume. A turkey head mask from Fred Flare. I think by putting the model in a chef uniform, they missed a golden opportunity to tie into this year's 90s nostalgia:
For him and for her! All you need to be Joey are jeans, a black t-shirt, and black vest. To be Monica: put on black pants and a green shirt, though really, you could wear anything because the crux of the costume are the giant sunglasses and red fez. Just watch out for that reduced peripheral vision and breathing.
I need to figure out my costume still. Do you know what you're going as?
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