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8 Ways to Use Pumpkins to Decorate Your House

Fall is all about pumpkins: pumpkin pie, pumpkin carving, pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin patches. Whether they are jack-o’-lanterns, plastic, or traditional, round pumpkins, these autumnal vegetables make for spooky, fun decorations through the end of November. If you’re looking for some nontraditional ways to add them to your decor, look no further. We have 8 ways to decorate using pumpkins, all around your house.

Fill Old Lanterns with Mini Pumpkins

You might have noticed your market selling miniature white and orange pumpkins like hotcakes. For a rustic yet stylish look for any tabletop or mantle, stick some little pumpkins inside an old, empty lantern. It’s a new twist on the traditional jack-o’-lantern.

Stuff the Fireplace

Santa won’t be visiting for a few more months. Fill your fireplace with pumpkins and gourds of all sizes, shapes and colors. A fireplace that is overstuffed with pumpkins gives some character to your living room. Talk about a pumpkin overload!

Line the Staircase

Place a single pumpkin on each step to add some coziness to your foyer. The order of pumpkins can be by ascending or descending size or in a completely random arrangement. Be careful to keep the pumpkins off to the side to prevent these cute holiday decorations from becoming a safety hazard.

Serve Under Ice

If you’re hosting any parties this fall, try out this fun hack: hollow out a pumpkin, fill it with ice and place a wine, liquor or champagne bottle of your choice inside. The pumpkin provides multiple purposes, looking cute while keeping beverages cold.

Blooming Pumpkin

Turn your pumpkin into a funky vase by hollowing it out and placing a small jar inside. Fill the jar with water and add a bouquet of your choice, ideally one in fall colors to complement the pumpkin. Place this eye-catching display on your mantle, on a side table or in the center of your dining room table. For a nice porch decoration, stick some mums inside a hollowed-out pumpkin. The “mumkin” is all the rage this year on Pinterest.

The Uglier, the Better

Sometimes, the pumpkins with the most personality are the “ugly” ones with warts and brown patches. You can decorate your porch with “ugly” pumpkins as is, or you can decorate them. Painting one green, adding a face and placing a witch’s hat on top makes for a spooky witch pumpkin.

Embellish with String Lights

A trendy fall decoration that has appeared on social media this year is the look of medium- and small-sized pumpkins and gourds along the top of a mantle. What makes this stand out is the white string lights you can string along the pumpkins. This look is dainty and elegant, perfect for cozy fall nights by the fire. Make sure you use warm white-toned lights for the ultimate cozy factor.

School Spirit Squashes

If you want to show off your university pride, paint your alma mater logo onto a pumpkin for your porch. If you and your spouse went to different colleges, you can create dueling pumpkins, which can sit at either side of your entranceway. As an added bonus, painting your respective schools’ pumpkins makes for a fun date night.

If you’re looking for more clever fall decorating ideas using pumpkins and gourds, check out Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration. Whichever route you go, be sure to have fun with it and you can always find beautiful flowers to complement their colors and textures. 

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  1. Kenia says

    How about using a pumpkin as a container for your flowers.

    1. Teleflora says

      love that idea!

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