What is the autumn season without an endless supply of pumpkins? Did fall even happen if you didn’t decorate your house with pumpkins and dedicate at least one evening to pumpkin carving and painting festivities with your friends and family? As you plan your autumn itinerary and load it up with activities like apple picking, Halloween costume designing, hiking through the stunning fall foliage, pulling out your favorite flannel shirt and duck boots... don’t forget to add pumpkin carving to the list. To help you out with this classic fall time activity, we have come up with six unique pumpkin carving design ideas to get you off on the right foot!
Looking for an alternative to the wine and paint night with your lady friends? Give this fun party idea an autumn twist by inviting the girls over to sip wine or mulled apple cider and carve pumpkins into vases! Supply plenty of paint so that your guests have the option to paint the pumpkins too. If you want to add even more to the evening, have flowers available (or tell your guests to bring the flowers of their choosing) and host a mini floral arrangement workshop. Bright yellow sunflowers and a teal pumpkin vase make for a stunning centerpiece!
Not everyone feels like they have a knack for pumpkin carving. While some artistic types may be talented enough to turn a pumpkin into the Death Star, others may simply want a pumpkin that looks nice and artsy without involving hours of pumpkin carving. Cue the polka dot pumpkin. All you have to do is carve circular holes in your pumpkin, paint it white, and voila! You have yourself a black and white polka dot pumpkin.
Include the little tots in on the pumpkin carving experience by taking a smorgasbord of mini pumpkins and dying them various shades of green, blue, purple, pink, or any other color they love! After dying the mini pumpkins, carve little smiling or spooky faces. Alternatively, if you are getting up to pumpkin-related activities with little ones, opt to have them paint faces on their personalized mini pumpkins.
Hosting a harvest party this autumn? Go above and beyond with the fall decor by substituting a traditional ice bucket for carved pumpkin ice buckets! It’s ridiculously easy to create and will instantly make your fall dinner party more festive. All you have to do is carve a hole in the side of a large pumpkin, remove the “guts,” fill with ice, and place your wine or bottle of beer inside to chill. It’s a simple party decor move that will have your guests talking about how cute and novel your unconventional ice buckets are.
Have some hardcore Harry Potter buffs in your family? Then you can’t let the fall season slip by without some Harry Potter-themed pumpkins! This is a relatively easy pumpkin carving design that anyone of all ages can do. Start by carving two holes in the front to make Harry’s eyes. Next, carve that famous lighting bolt on the side of the pumpkin’s/Harry’s head. The carving is minimal so this is an activity you can do with young kids.
After carving comes the fun part: painting your Harry Potter pumpkin! All you will need to do is paint the top black to make Harry’s hair, paint black circles around the carved eyes to make the round glasses, and paint the bottom of the pumpkin yellow and red to make Harry’s iconic scarf. Finish the Harry Potter pumpkin by adding a yellow and red slip of paper to the bottom of the pumpkin to extend the winter scarf design.
The great thing about pumpkin carving is that it’s something appropriate for both kids and adults. Kids can have fun carving and painting cartoon-themed pumpkins while adults can create carved pumpkins that can be used as decor around your home or for autumn parties. If you have a fireplace in your home, fill it with pumpkins of various sizes. Carve each pumpkin with fire flames and place LED candles in each pumpkin to create a pumpkin fire.
If you would like to add a little more flair to your pumpkin fireplace setup, include a few ivory candles around the fireplace that you can light when you are hosting parties. This will make the whole family all the more cozy when you curl up next to the fireplace in your matching pajamas or comfy clothes.
We’ve included just a handful of pumpkin carving ideas above, but there’s no need to limit yourself to our suggestions. Get creative with it, ask the kids what carving and painting designs they might like to do, and continuously look for unique ways to dress up your home with crafty pumpkin designs and artsy ways to use pumpkins as functional home decor pieces.