Not every pumpkin needs to be a jack o’ lantern. Use the season’s best bounty of gourds to decorate your table and wow your dinner guests.

By Sarah Yang
Updated: October 09, 2015
What You’ll Need: Pumpkin Small potted succulent plantPumpkin carving knife or keyhole sawHow-to: 1. Carve a hole at the top of the pumpkin that is big enough to fit the plant container. Scoop out the inside of the pumpkin so it's hollow. 2. Place the succulent planter in the pumpkin.
Philip Friedman; Styling: Morgan Levine

Crafts developed by Morgan Levine

Philip Friedman; Styling: Morgan Levine

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Succulent Vase

What You’ll Need:
Pumpkin
Small potted succulent plant
Pumpkin carving knife or keyhole saw

How-to:
1. Carve a hole at the top of the pumpkin that is big enough to fit the plant container. Scoop out the inside of the pumpkin so it's hollow.
2. Place the succulent planter in the pumpkin.

Philip Friedman; Styling: Morgan Levine

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Terrarium

 

 

 

What You’ll Need:
Mini pumpkins
Moss
Pinecones
Acorns
Fishbowl

How-to:
1. Place the moss at the bottom of the fishbowl. Then arrange the mini pumpkins, acorns, and pinecones on top of the greenery.

Philip Friedman; Styling: Morgan Levine

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Candelabra

What You’ll Need:
Pumpkin
5 taper candles
Craft knife
Sculpting loop tool (optional)

How-to:
1. Carve five small holes that are wide enough to fit the candles with a craft knife. The holes should be about ½- to 1-inch deep.
2. Stick the candles into the holes.
Optional: A sculpting loop tool can make the sides of the holes neater.

Philip Friedman; Styling: Morgan Levine

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Owls

What You’ll Need:
3 Pumpkins (or however many you want on the table)
White, brown, black, and yellow felt (plus any other colors you want to use for the eyes)
Yellow pipe cleaners
Magna-Tac glue
Scissors
Tape

How-to:
1. Cut out various-sized circles of the white, black, and brown felt pieces to create the “eyes.” Cut out a triangle shape from the yellow felt for the beak. Glue all of the pieces to the pumpkin.
2. Use yellow pipe cleaners to create “feet.” Glue and tape to the bottom front of the pumpkin.

Philip Friedman; Styling: Morgan Levine

5
Decoupage 

What You’ll Need:
White pumpkin
Artificial fall leaves
Mod Podge

How-to:
1. Cover the pumpkin in Mod Podge, place the leaves on it, and let dry. Then apply another coat of Mod Podge over the leaves.

Philip Friedman; Styling: Morgan Levine

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Mushrooms 

What You’ll Need:
Assortment of pumpkins and gourds (make sure to have the same amount of narrow and wide varieties)
Wooden skewers
Pumpkin carving knife or keyhole saw
Large Loop Tool (optional)
Moss (optional)

How-to:
1. Cut off the stem portion of the wider pumpkins. Hollow or clean up the opening—you can also use a large loop tool for a cleaner look.
2. Attach the wider pumpkins—stem portion facing down—to the top of the narrow pumpkins with skewers.
3. Group the pumpkins together and add moss to complete the look.

Philip Friedman; Styling: Morgan Levine

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Copper-Leaf

What You’ll Need:
Pumpkins
Painter’s tape
Contact paper
Paint brush
Copper leaf sheets
Rolco Aquasize Gilding Adhesive

How-to:
1. For a stripe pattern, add vertical strips of painter's tape to the pumpkin, spacing them out to the desired width.
2. For a dot pattern, create a stencil by cutting out circles from contact paper.
3. Cover the parts of the pumpkin you want to copper-leaf with the gilding adhesive, making sure you put it on smoothly. Let it dry, so the surface is not completely wet, but still sticky.
4. Apply the copper leaf to the pumpkin. Smooth out any bumps with your fingers.

Philip Friedman; Styling: Morgan Levine

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Modern 

What You’ll Need:
Pumpkins
Primer spray
Paint brushes
Liquitex Glossies Paint (in various colors)

How-to:
1. Spray the pumpkin with primer and let dry—this will help absorb the paint.
2. Paint any geometric or modern-inspired patterns and motifs on the pumpkin.

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