10 Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Holloween
The Versatile Pumpkin
The pumpkin season is upon us, which means it is time to find new and festive ways to utilize them in your seasonal home décor. From carved to painted, there is a design to suit everyone’s taste. Here are 10 festive ideas to add a unique touch of Halloween spirit to your home.
1. Creating a silhouette: These designs are easy to re-create utilizing pumpkin carving stencils. These stencils allow you to create a unique design, such as a black cat sitting in front of a full moon, with little to no artistic ability needed.
2. Stacked pumpkins: This idea helps to give your pumpkin display a little more presence. Try carving the bottom pumpkin to resemble a shirt, and place another pumpkin on top of it that has been carved to look like a face.
3. Pumpkin wreath: Pick up a foam wreath base from a craft and hobby store, and then use epoxy to attach miniature pumpkins all around it. Top it off with a ribbon, and hang on your front door.
4. Petite pumpkins: Try carving faces into miniature pumpkins and stacking them in flower pots, on your front steps, and porch railings. Tea lights can be used to help them illuminate.
5. Pumpkin cooler: Using a large pumpkin, completely remove the top quarter and scoop out the innards. Line the inside with a 2- gallon ziploc bag filled with ice, and use it as a cooler for canned drinks.
6. Hairy pumpkin: Turn your pumpkin onto its side and carve out a face, using the stem for a nose. You may need to slice a bit of pumpkin off the bottom to help it stay upright. Dip a handful of spaghetti noodles halfway into a pot of boiling water until the noodles are soft and can bend. Using an ice pick, poke holes in the top of the pumpkin and then insert the spaghetti, uncooked side down, into the holes to resemble hair.
7. Teal pumpkin: To create a twist on the traditional pumpkin decoration, paint a pumpkin completely with teal acrylic paint, and let dry. Stencil polka dots or any other design in white on top of the acrylic paint.
8. Glitter stenciled pumpkin: Using a stencil of any design you choose, tape it to your pumpkin, and then paint on the stencil designs with a thin layer of glue. Remove the stencil and sprinkle glitter on the wet glue. Once this has dried, blow away any excess glitter.
9. House number pumpkins: Purchase one pumpkin for each of your house numbers. If your address has three numbers, purchase three pumpkins. Using acrylic paint in the color you choose, paint one number on each pumpkin, and then stack them on top of each other on the corner of your porch.
10. Fishbowl pumpkin: Remove the top of the pumpkin and scoop out the innards. Cut a large rectangle out of the front of the pumpkin, and insert a small fishbowl in through the top. Fill the fishbowl with festive Halloween candy, such as candy corn. Replace the lid.
Pumpkins are not only festive, they are also one of the healthiest and most beneficial foods available. Just a few of the many health benefits of this amazing food are:
Improved eyesight: According to the National Institutes of Health, one cup of mashed, cooked pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A, which is known to enhance eyesight.
Reduced risk of cancer: According to the National Cancer Institute, pumpkins are high in beta-carotene, which is effective in preventing various forms of cancer.
Increased serotonin production: Pumpkin seeds are rich in an amino acid called tryptophan, which plays a key role in the body’s production of serotonin. Ample serotonin production is key to relieving and preventing depression.
Whether you are using them to decorate your home or simply using them in your holiday meals, pumpkins are equally versatile and nutritious. Remember, when using them for decoration, never throw away those valuable seeds.
Wash them, dry them, sprinkle with a bit of olive oil and sea salt, and roast them in a low temperature oven for a healthy snack. If you do not like eating or decorating with them, you can always pick up a pumpkin Halloween costume.