A “Gourd”-geous pumpkin decorating class

If you haven’t noticed, I’m kinda into Halloween! Only 22 more days left, people!  Although, for whatever reason I have no idea what Andy and I are going to be for Halloween this year. I’m secretly hoping this bump will appear! I guess our DIY Halloween costumes are typically pretty last minute. Anyhow, I also kinda love pumpkin decorating. I super appreciate talented, clever pumpkin carvers, like the geniuses behind all of these pumpkin carving ideas. But, I’m way better at alternative ideas, and this weekend I was lucky enough to teach a “gourd”- geous pumpkin decorating class at Ikea! It was a family friendly event with lots of happy kids and parents! Here are a few of our fun thumb tack and paint creations:

Thumb tack pumpkin decorating ideas

 

The two pumpkins we were making at Ikea were the thumbtack pumpkin and the spider web pumpkin from this post. I also made a tiny cursive boo pumpkin for the occasion, that is not pictured below.

Pumpkin decorating ideas

 

We had all of the supplies to make these guys, but I gave everyone lots of options and ideas to use the thumbtack in other ways too. You can use thumbtack to make any design, monogram, shape or pattern your little heart desires. And I love that people came up with lots more ideas too!

Pumpkin decorating ideas

There were kiddos of all ages with big imaginations, one mom said her little girl named her pumpkin George Washington on the way to class and so she made George! Impressive, huh?!

Pumpkin decorating ideas

 

Here are 2 sweet sisters who used thumbtacks to make a skeleton face:

Pumpkin decorating ideas

 

Jenn made a fun monogram pumpkin and used thumb tacks on a faux pumpkin, and Lani crafted up a super cute chevron pattern! These girls are my real life blog friends, gotta love blogging!

Pumpkin decorating ideas

 

Tisa and her daughter worked together to make 2 really awesome pumpkins! One was a polka dotted thumb tack pumpkin and the other a blue spider web pumpkin:

Pumpkin decorating ideas

 

An action shot of the kiddos decorating pumpkins and me sticking my big head in someones pumpkin:

no carve pumpkin decorating

My Austin bestie, Rachelle, brought her BF, Andy so my Andy had a friend. Rachelle whipped up a fun thumb tack “Boo” pumpkin!

Pumpkin decorating ideas

 

 

Oh and I wish I would have gotten a picture of the final product, but this lady was working on a really fun Dia de los Muertos pumpkin, check it out:

Pumpkin decorating ideas

 

There was lots of thumb tack pumpkin inspiration! Have you ever used thumb tacks to decorate pumpkins? It will certainly make your pumpkin last longer! A giant thank you to everyone who came out to Ikea and decorated pumpkins with me!

For more pumpkin decorating and carving ideas, check these out:

If you need some DIY Halloween costume inspiration, here ya go!

Monday Funday #38 {fall recipes}

Happy Monday Funday! With only 25 days until Halloween, I’ve been spookin’ things up around here! I made some fun no carve pumpkins with thumb tacks, a round up of 16 DIY Halloween costumes for kids and adults, 21 clever ways to decorate a pumpkin, and a tasty, healthy, new veggie wrap recipe!
21 Unique pumpkin ideas
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This month has been a little slow at Lines Across. This announcement explains a lot. I shared 14 no-carve ways to decorate a pumpkin, and I shared my pumpkin string art, which was so much fun to make. You can also check out my other fall projects, like this collection of the 30 CUTEST handmade costumes of all time.On to the features…

 

1. Candy Apple Cake Pops from Season of Sweets
2. Crockpot Pumpkin Pie Pudding from Mostly Homemade Mom
3. Mustache Pumpkin Cookies from Lizy B Bakes
4. Inside-out Carrot Cake from Twigg Studios
5. Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe from Sunglasses and Starbucks
6. Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake from Life with the Crust Cut Off
7. Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats from Cincyshopper
8. Pumpkin French Toast from The First Year Blog

 

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Unique pumpkin ideas

It’s pumpkin time, friends! I love a few good unique pumpkin ideas! I’ve rounded up some clever ways to not have to carve your pumpkins! You can use string and nails, paint, stickers, puff paint, heck… you can even turn a pumpkin into a clock! Oh and here are a couple of posts for you if you’re in market for carving: unique pumpkin carving ideas and 21 more clever pumpkin carving ideas.

21 Unique pumpkin ideas

1. Thumbtacks

No carve pumpkin decorating

2. String

Unique pumpkin ideas

3. Clock

Unique pumpkin decoarting ideas

4. Word search

Unique pumpkin decoarting ideas

5. Doorknobs

pumpkin decoarting ideas

6. Denim

pumpkin decoarting ideas

7. Paint by number

pumpkin decoarting ideas

8. Sharpie spider web

Unique pumpkin ideas

9. Mod podge

No carve pumpkin ideas

10. Chevron

No carve pumpkin ideas

11. Rainbow

No carve pumpkin ideas

12. Drill

Unique pumpkin ideas

13. Sewing

Unique pumpkin ideas

14. Golden

Unique pumpkin ideas

15. Neon stickers

Unique pumpkin ideas

16. Candy witch

No carve pumpkin ideas

17. Magazine faces

Clever no carve pumpkin decorating

18. Washi tape

No carve pumpkin ideas

 

19. Stencils

unique pumppkin ideas

 

20. Finger paint faces

Clever no carve pumpkin decorating

 

21. Puff paint

Unique pumpkin decorating ideas

 

What’s your favorite way to decorate pumpkins? I’m telling you, thumb tacks are super easy! I also really like #20, the finger paint faces and monograms. I love that little kids can easily do that one and they still turn our cute!  Oh and if you want more pumpkin decorating and carving ideas check out 20 unique DIY pumpkins and 21 clever pumpkin carving ideas!