You’ve just gone to the pumpkin patch, and found yourself the perfect, most round and orange beaut on the lot! You take it home, and you start to realize that carving that thing isn’t as fun and as peaceful as you thought. Not to mention, it starts to rot the minute you put it on your porch, and a week later, you have to throw it out before Halloween even happens. Well, there are all new sorts of decorating techniques that exist, without the mess, without the smell, and without the stress!
1. Glitter Pumpkins
Who doesn’t love glitter! Grab some Mod Podge and paint some shapes on the pumpkin with it, cover it in glitter and boom! You’re very own classy, cute, festive (and not messy) pumpkin! To keep it extra clean, put a sheet of newspaper under your pumpkin to collect the glitter. When you’re done with decorating, just throw away the paper with no mess.
2. Splatter Pumpkin
This is probably ten times more fun than using all your energy to carve that pumpkin! Grab a giant paint brush, you’re favorite color paint and just splatter that stuff everywhere! This can be a bit messy, but if you have a backyard, put down newspaper and splatter away!
3. Donut Pumpkin
You might have to be a bit of a painter for this, but check out a donut, and paint these babies! If you wanted to get really creative, you could just paint jack-o-lantern faces, or whatever comes to mind! Fresh from your brain oven! Yummy!
4. Studded Pumpkin
This one is as easy as it can get. Buy yourself some of those studs from Hobby Lobby or your local craft store and pattern away! It’s pretty meditative, too! For an extra sophisticated look, draw a pattern or design in pencil on the pumpkin and place your studs in accordingly. Should be just like poking pins in a cork board.
5. Paint Pen Pumpkin
This one is easy too because all you’ll need is a pumpkin and a paint pen! Just follow the contours of the pumpkin to make beautiful designs, easy, clean, and quick! You can do what Chelsea from Lovely Indeed did, and paint repeating shapes. If that looks a little too hard, just draw repeating lines and the patterns will reveal themselves.
Enjoy Decorating, and Happy Halloween!
A Guide to Using Art as a Coping Skill, through the lens of a former psychiatric ward patient, and current painter.