Decorating Outside With Pumpkins

Decorating has never been one of my strong suits.  I try, but will never win an award for it.  That is okay though.  It is also not high on my priority list.  Thankfully, my husband also agrees, though he has a stronger desire for it than I.

Take the current season for example.  My decorations in front of our house include two pumpkins and a wreath.  Actually, the wreath is made up of fake evergreens in the shape of a heart with a dark red ribbon.  It really doesn’t look too bad and goes with the house fairly well.  I think it is from last Christmas or Valentines Day.  (No, I don’t change decor very often.  You caught that did you?)  The pumpkins are sitting on each side of our entry way steps, one on each side.  I would have mums out there too, except they didn’t do too well in that area and began to look very bad.  And that, readers, is my decorating for fall.

Last year I used several different specialty pumpkins I had and stacked them.  I liked the look of them, though something seemed to be missing.  Perhaps it was the scale that was off.  A stack of pumpkins on each side of my steps just did not create the impact that I had hoped.  They looked small sitting next to the house.

Something that has caught my attention, and I’ve been meaning to do, is adding something to the pumpkins.  We don’t decorate for Halloween, so no Jack-o-Lanterns.  Perhaps instead something that can last until Thanksgiving.  Maybe adding our initials to the pumpkin.  Or even painting it first, then adding the initials.  I thought about even just painting it with a stencil or pretty color (think white with line spray of gold).  These don’t seem like hard projects, just that I’ve never done it before.

If you do create a Jack-o-Lantern, one idea that I thought was neat was using glow sticks inside them.  Imagine a while pumpkin, either painted or naturally white, with green glowing eyes.  Just break the stick and put it into the pumpkin at night.  The green/yellow/pink glow will give it something extra.

Have you tried painting pumpkin?  Any suggestion?

How have you decorated for the fall?  If you have something you are really proud of, share it.  If you like I will even post it so we can all enjoy your decorating talent.