Unique Pumpkin Ideas

Wire Spirals

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Crayon Melt

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Drill Lots of Holes

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Human Parts

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City

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Diorama

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Jack-o-LANTERNS 🙂

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Clock

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Oz Inspired

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Haunted Diorama

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This design can be a very unique way to decorate a halloween pumpkin. A porcelain pumpkin was used to make this professional looking pumpkin-diorama, but a diorama setting would look great in a live one.

Showtime Fall

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A creative, unique way to decorate for fall is this set of pumpkins that spell FALL with cute lights.

Little Dipper

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This design wins points for being both unique and creative. Spray painting a pumpkin black and then carving out one of the most recognized constellations in the night sky will surely win some votes. Yeah, there are many other constellations, but would it work as well using Orions Belt? Probably not!

Roaring Fire

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Using multiple pumpkins with a similar theme is a great way to bring scope to your display. This one accomplished 'scope' by using multiple flame carvings to create the appearance of a larger flame. And carving flames isn't even difficult - all you'll need for this is multiple pumpkins and some time.

Creative Glass Marble

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The creativity and simplicity of this design is one those looking for something unique and easy to do this year can appreciate. Drilling holes the size of marbles is all it takes to create this design. Smaller marbles will be easier to drill holes for, while larger ones may require larger and harder to find drill bits.

Etched Mason Jar

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Unique Polka Dot

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Decorating porcelain pumpkins is a popular way to create a long-term pumpkin carving that can be reused year after year. This one was decorated with drill drilled holes, giving it a more artistic aesthetic.

Home Address

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Having one of these outside your home is a great way to welcome visitors and set expectations for more fall decorations. Larger house numbers will take more patience, as you may have to carve skinnier numbers, which takes careful carving.

Sophisticated Modern

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The thin angled lines in this design give these painted porcelain pumpkins a modern, sleek look. If modern design is your taste then this may be for you liking

Spirit Animal Silhouetes

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Unleash your families spirit animals with this creative no-carve way to decorate pumpkins. A carefully cut stencil is used to preserve the orange, and shape of the animal as the rest of the pumpkin is spray painted black. The contrasting black and orange makes for a really sharp display.

Giant Multi-Pumpkin Spider

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Multiple pumpkins are needed for this design. When you lay them on their side and attach long black legs to them you get a giant pumpkin spider. It takes no carving to create this spider, so if you have a few pumpkins and don't feel like carving, you should give this a try. Great for kids or family that wants to make something together.

Animal Antlers

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Give your pumpkins antlers to make a fun reindeer. The horns can be cut out of cardboard and spray painted gold to give them a nice shimmer. A red dot of paint in a circle turns it from reglar pumpkin with antlers to the most famous rendier of all! This is a great design for November.

Creative Balloon

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Who knew balloons could be used to decorate pumpkins? If you want a brighter swatch of colors in your home other than the regular Autumn favorites, then this would be a good one to try. You can use up all those old party balloons taking up space in that one drawer you can never find anything in.

Unique Drip

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You've undoubtedly seen a ton of painted pumpkins by now, but have you seen anything as wild like this? It's like it was painted on a windy day, or one of those mistakes that actually ended up looking great. Unlike mistakes, you can actually recreate this design using a drip painting technique.

Painted Marble

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This paint-job works great on faux pumpkins, and isn't really something you'd do with a live one. It looks too good to let spoil on a live one, so use a porcelain one and use it as a decoration year after year. You'll need nail polish to accomplish this look.

Chalkboard

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Chalkboard paint is great for transforming boring walls into giant chalkboards. But what about pumpkins? It isn't exactly cheap, so you probably won't want to use a live pumpkin for this one. Instead, grab yourself a faux one so you can reuse it every year. It makes a great long-term display that can be customized with whatever written messages you want. Just use chalk to write a message and a cloth to wipe it away. It's a stylish and creative way to showcase messages to your visitors.

Fresh Tattoo

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Temporary tattoos are quick and convenient way to turn skin into a canvas for whatever art or message you want to put on it. It's also a great way to decorate a pumpkin without having to be a super skilled artist. No airbrush or tool required. With a little water and a quick application of the tattoo paper and you have yourself a highly decorated pumpkin that looks like someone spent a long time designing.

Sugar Skull

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Some people use their own artistic abilities to create sugar skulls like this on pumpkins, while other use stencils! This one uses a stencil and looks like the real deal. If you have access to puff paint then you might want to give this a try. You can use glow in the dark fabric paint so your design can hauntingly glow at night!

Golden Confetti

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It may look that way, but it isn't real gold growing out the bottom of these pumpkins - it's actually gold tape! Carefully cut tape to be exact. It's a smart design really, that only takes a white base coat and careful application of gold tape strips.

Floral Pattern

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You saw how great a painted pumpkin looks with painted flowers and floral designs on it, but you already know you can't paint it yourself. Well, there's an easier way. You can simply cut out a floral pattern and apply it to the outside of a pumpkin - kind of like it's an easter egg.

Wonderful Watercoler

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Watercolor looks great on leaves as a fall decoration. It also looks greta on pumpkins. To make the opaque paint stick out you will want to coat your pumpkin with a white base coat. This allows the faintest watercolors to stick out. Watercolors are kid-friendly, less messy, and dry quickly.

Paper Floral

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It's like a scrapbook jumped out onto the outside of a pumpkin. This design is pretty much just like scrapbooking, except instead of putting clippings into a book you'll be slapping them onto the outside of a pumpkin. Mod podge is used to adhere it to the outside.

Fall Floral

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Painted floral patterns look great on the flowing exterior of a pumpkin. This is probably for the artistic types out there, that want to make a standout decorative fall piece that is unique.

Princess Designs

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Are you looking for something girly and cute, over brutish and foul? These cute designs might be for you. With the right colors and decos your pumpkin can look glam just like these.

Golden Lines

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Carriages and glass slippers come to mind when looking at these painted pumpkins. The golden lines accent the aggressive angles of the pumpkin. This design looks best on the small wide ones. It is accomplished using a gold colored paint pen - easy!

Fairytale Magic

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These designs look like they came right off some magical set in some far off and fairytale place. It almost looks like fog is rolling across these pumpkins, but actually, it's paint!

Colorful 90's

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This is an urban 90's pumpkin, with it's exotic colors and odd shapes. Colorful vinyl was used to create this design, and each custom cut piece was adhered to the side like a sticker. It's certainly not your average pumpkin, but with a few of these in place you will have a colorful theme going that will not be missed.

Neon Drip

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Dipping the bottoms of pumpkins in bright radiactive (kidding) paint and then turning them upside down to dry will create a fun wavy drip like pattern. This is something you'll want to do a few pumpkins for, as it looks better as a set with different colors. Use different shapes and sizes for a complete (and interesting) neon set.

House Address

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Worried your guests won't find your house? Or want to tastefully decorate for fall without making too much of a statement? The answer is simple - put your house numbers on a pumpkin!

Colorful Pour-over

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You probably saw those cool looking neon-drip pumpkins, but have you seen these? They are a brilliant step up in that they use the same idea but more colors. The grooves on the outside of a pumpkin give paint a clear channel to drip down, which creates a unique looking effect.

Glittery Designs

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Add some sparkle to your designs by glueing it on. You've probably done this in art class, but have you done it to a pumpkin? It's remarkably easy, with the hardest part being making the shapes - which you can certainly use stencils for. Applying glue to the shape and then dusting with glitter evenly is the next and most important step.

Sharpie Owls

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Sharpie designs are a fun to look at, I mean, just look at this sharpie owl! It's a patterned arrangement of smaller designs that make the larger design of the owl much more interesting. You might have to be an artist to pull this one off - or just willing to try!

Superhero Inspired

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Show your love for super heroes with these heroic models of the DC Universe's mightiest heroes. Small foam brushes and acyrlic paints are at the top of list of supplies for these bad boys. Pencil in your design before you start painting. For Spider Mans mask you can use puff paint or if you feel really creative you can splurge for glow-in-the-dark fabric paint.

Friendly Mustache Monsters

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Kids will love these neon mustached monsters with googly eyes. They are easy to make too! Just a foam brush, neon acrylic paints, fur, and giant googly eyes are all that's needed to create these comical monsters.

Cross-Stitch

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Check out these cool cross-stitch designs. These are designs you can do while watching your favorite show, without fear of cutting yourself. Using any stencil you can drill holes with a power drill in x-like designs, which will be used to cross stitch through. It may take some practice if you are new, but the seasoned pro should have no problem mapping out holes for just about any design.

Creepy Cat Eyes

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There's something super creepy about green cat-like eyes all over a pumpkin, isn't there? This design is simple yet true to the spirit of halloween because it offers some spook to our favorite frightening holiday.

Scalloped Tissue Paper

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Tissue paper was used to create this design that makes pumpkins look like it's wearing a chicken costume. It's unusual for sure and if layered looks are your style then you may want to give it a shot.

Cosmic

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This design is out of this world! Share your love for the cosmos with this no carve hand painted design that involves lots of splattering paint with a brush. Full tutorial is available.

Tissue Paper

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Some use vinly or paint, but not this one. This design uses delicate tissue paper to creat a colorful modern design. No painting required. It's simple too, all you need is tissue paper and elmers glue.

Hocus Pocus

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Alphabet stickers are an esy way to get messages on a pumpkine without having to rely on perfect penmanship with a marker or carving of any kind. Not everyone is skilled at caligrophy, so this is a great alternative. It also looks great too, adding new dimensions where flat painted words do cannot.

Interactive Tetris

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For the maker that wants to create something special this year, this interactive tetris pumpkin is the challenge you are looking for. 128 LEDs and 256 pieces of heat-shrink tubing and in total 12 hours of work was put in to create the Pumpktris.

Retro Labels

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If traditional fall colors and designs aren't your thing, try making these retro label pumpkins using a label maker, neon tape, and real or faux mini pumpkins. They look great stacked or side-by-side.

Tassels

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Who would ever have thought to put tassles on pumpkins had it not have been for this design? My guess is it never crossed your mind! It's like a skirt, in how they layer around the midsection of the pumpkin. You can use different colors to create colorful patterns.

Fall Dots

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So simple and unique. This design involves making rows of painted dots along the surface. It looks great on a white pumpkin. Fabric paint can be used for so many things, and ths is yet another great example.

String Art

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Colorful string and small nails goes a long way on the outside of a pumpkin. This design is a great kid-friendly alternative to carving. Adults can place the nails and kids can wrap string around them in whatever patterns they wish.

Turquoise

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With a little paint and a handful of rhinostones you can create a sparkly design like this. Contrasting colors really bring out the sparkly, which is why a vibrant turquoise and deep blue make them dazzle. There are infinite possibilities in rhinestone arrangements, ranging from easy to complex. The easiest arrangement is lining rhinestones within or between the natural lines. You can also circle them around the stem.

Cactus Pumpkin

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If you live in the desert this design should be at the top of your list. The desert is hot, dry, and you doesn't get the colorful autumn spectacle that comes with having trees - but that doesn't mean you can't have a little fun! Turn a bright orange traditional pumpkin into a desert plant.

Gold Confetti

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Party up a painted pumpkin by giving it a rich dip in gold confetti. It's a simple way to add some uniqueness to an otherwise drab plane-color pumpkin. It's like a halloween disco ball.

Modern Geometric

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Are geometric designs your style? This faux foam pumpkin came naturally white and the only painting was the orange on the stem. You might be surprised to find that the the geometric pieces are actually vinyl cutouts that were carefully applied by smoothing them on much like a phone screen protector. There are many different colors of vinyl, so this is a highly customizable design that can be as unique as you want it to be.

Agate Jack-O-Lantern

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You cut into a pumpkin and find a beatiful spectacle of transecent crystal rock... at least, that's the story you can tell people when they ask about this design. Inside this specific design is a polished agate, but I think a geode would look pretty cool too!

Flowered Half Moon

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This creative design was done using a black spray painted pumpkin (faux one but real can be used too), with drilled holes in the shape of a moon, that then were used to hold the stems of real white flowers. This design is good for short-term decorations, as the flowers wilt fast.

Melted Candy Corn

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Using crayons and a hot air blow dryer, you can turn a white pumpkin into one of America's most beloved halloween candies. Alternating yellow and orange at the top of the pumpkin, and then melting it with a blow dryer, creates a color scheme that resembles candy corn.

Wire Spirals

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