Needless to say I was relieved to find a lot of great pumpkin decorating inspiration on blogs, design websites, and even at Anthropologie this year.
Anthro had a great fall display at their Calgary location - but unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me. They used silver tacks to create designs on pumpkins and gourds, similar to the photos below.
The tree-hugger in me wonders if people remove all these pins after the display comes down so that they can compost the pumpkins. Somehow I don't see it happening.
On Sunday, I drew inspiration from the following...
via Real Simple
House & Home - watch the video
I bought a few pumpkins of various sizes at the farmers market and got to work Sunday afternoon - taking one too many breaks to eat salted, roasted pumpkin seeds and drink apple cider - yum.
The House & Home video shows how to decorate a pumpkin by drilling holes into it and inserting clear marbles. I couldn't find clear marbles, but these coloured marbles from Toys R Us did the trick.
The marbles varied in size, so although some fit perfectly, others were too small and fell through. I had to use two different sized drill bits to make it work. You also have to leave a few holes open to allow oxygen to circulate once you have a candle inside. You'll notice I didn't cut the top off - cutting off the bottom instead gives it a more polished look.
I used both 1/2" and 5/8" spade drill bits. They created a wider hole than Josh's regular drill bits.
Here's a tip if you're drilling A LOT of holes in a pumpkin: don't be impatient like me. The drill was getting heavy so I started drilling like Speedy Gonzales, but that only made things worse. If you drill too quickly with a spade drill bit, you'll tear the skin off the pumpkin around the hole - as you can see I did over and over again with the pumpkin on the left.
I had some leftover paint from my mirror DIY for these two little gourds to create the dipped look. After reading a how-to on Inspired by Charm I learned it's not a good idea to actually dip them in paint. I didn't have a foam brush handy so I just taped off the section I didn't want paint on.
Here's hoping they last until Halloween :)