The 9 Most-Pinned Pumpkins From Parents

How to Make A Kooky Pumpkin Caterpillar
Are you in need of some autumnal inspiration? Click through for our most boo-tiful pumpkin designs, ranked by Pinterest appeal. These ideas won over our followers, who pinned these cute crafts with enough fervor that we couldn't help but share.
Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Ghostly Gourds

These silly stoop greeters will welcome houseguests with glee! Paint them white with heavy-body acrylic paint, let dry, re-coat and let dry again, then add black dots for eyes. Pet- or doll-size accessories such as glasses, a bow tie, and a hat add personality.

There's no carving necessary to make a ghostly gourd. For this Halloween craft, you'll need a butternut squash, paint and paint brushes, and some fun accessories to bring the gourds to life.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Painted Pumpkins

Following the dip-dyed DIY trend, these pretty pumpkins are totally pin-worthy. Dunk miniature pumpkins in bright hues for a modern autumnal display.

What You'll Need:

  • Skewers, shoebox, miniature pumpkins, latex paint, bucket, painter's tape (optional)

Make It:

- Poke four skewers through shoebox to create a place to dry pumpkins.
- Pour paint into a bucket that's wider than largest pumpkin.
- Dip pumpkin in either straight down or at an angle and let excess drip off the bottom into bucket.
- Rest pumpkins on skewers to drip dry. Allow to dry completely (at least 4 hours).
- For top-dipped pumpkins: Cover stem with painter's tape, so it won't get painted, if desired.

Jonny Valiant
Jonny Valiant

Witch Pumpkin

This colorful witch won over our Pinners with her enchanting green tendrils. A twisted pumpkin stem doubles as a crooked nose for this sparkly sorceress.

What You'll Need:

  • A pumpkin with a long pointy stem, green streamers, scissors, tape, a dinner plate, a party hat, black poster board, glue, and adhesive glitter craft foam in black, green, white, and gold

Make It:

Turn pumpkin on its side so that the stem serves as a nose.
- Cut streamers into foot-long strips, then tape to top of pumpkin to resemble hair. Then curl streamers using scissors.
- Cut face shapes from adhesive glitter craft foam; peel off back and affix to pumpkin.
- Place dinner plate on black poster board; trace a circle. Cut out and glue to top of pumpkin.
- Cover party hat with black adhesive craft foam. Cut out buckle shape from the gold craft foam and affix to hat.

Watch this video to learn how to dress up your traditional pumpkin for Halloween! Turn a long-stemmed pumpkin on its side for the perfect witch nose!

Laura Moss
Laura Moss

Binky Babies

For these sweet, sleepy babes, start with small round pumpkins. For each, cut the nipple from a pacifier and attach the base to the pumpkin with pins, pressing them through any holes in the pacifier. Add eyes with black marker. Top with a baby's cap or, if there's a long curly stem, tie on a ribbon bow.

Alexandra Grablewski
Alexandra Grablewski

Masked Pumpkins

Adorn your tabletop with one of our pet projects: a pair of trick-or-treating pumpkins. The decoration is hauntingly simple to make using our online templates.

What You'll Need:

  • Stiff felt, adhesive-backed felt, scissors, adhesive-backed Velcro coins, glue dots, pom-poms, embroidery thread

Make It:

- Trace a mask shape onto a sheet of stiff felt and trace the accompanying elements onto adhesive-backed felt. 
- Cut out and assemble the pieces.
- To ensure the mask stays in place, adhere two adhesive-backed Velcro coins to the back of the mask, by the eyes. Place the corresponding coins on top and remove the backing.
- Press the mask onto the pumpkin.
- Use glue dots to attach googly eyes. For the dog, add a pom-pom nose; for the cat, attach embroidery-thread whiskers.

Courtesy of Little Birdie Secrets
Courtesy of Little Birdie Secrets

Decoupage Pumpkins

Easy-to-do decoupage takes your pumpkin to the next level, and is totally pin-worthy.

What You'll Need:

  • A pumpkin, white spray paint, thin book pages or newspaper, Mod Podge or other decoupage medium, foam brush, die cut letters or letter stickers, ribbon and lace

Make It:

Spray your pumpkin white and let it dry. Then, cut banana-shaped pieces from your book pages or newspaper. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the back of the pages, and attach them to the pumpkin until it's completely covered. Use Mod Podge to adhere your letters to the pumpkin -- spell "eek," or "boo," or whatever message you want. (If you don't have die cut letters, you can use stickers or cut your own out of cardstock.) Add a ribbon and some lace around the stem to finish off.

Photograph by Ronald Andren
Photograph by Ronald Andren

Veggie Heads

Create a bountiful bunch of gourds by securing surplus garden produce onto pumpkins with toothpicks. If the pumpkin's rind is too tough for toothpicks to pierce, drill holes for them with a metal skewer.

Photograph by Ronald Andren
Photograph by Ronald Andren

Lashes and 'Staches

Give your pumpkins Pinterest-approved personality without carving them: Use double-sided tape to attach cutout card stock eyelashes and a mustache (or try eyebrows, sideburns, or a goatee). If your couple will be spending time in an uncovered area outside, use craft foam instead of paper.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Kooky Caterpillar

Let this guy crawl on your porch for a Halloween decoration no one will forget! Start with a variety of mini pumpkins and break off the stems. Use toothpicks to connect them and paint on eyes and a sly smile.

Did your children get a little eager at the pumpkin patch this year? Use those extras to create an adorable and kooky pumpkin caterpillar to greet your Halloween guests.

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