8 Ways To Decorate With Pumpkins

Hello, my dear friends! It’s Friday (hooray!!) and I hope you had the most spectacular week. We have been busy getting ready for Halloween at the Mobley household and I have been putting together 8 ways to decorate with pumpkins this year. I love this season and I  love pumpkins. Carved, painted, bedazzled….if it involves my favorite orange squash, you can count me in. I am all about the jack-o-lanterns. Read on for my favorite ways to decorate with them!




Ok that was cheesy. I get it. ALSO. Can we just laughed at how baby Adam and I look? But seriously. Who DOESN’T love carving pumpkins. It is totally one of my favorite parts of October. I am always blown away by the crazy art people can do with pumpkin carving. My dad is an artist and he always makes these incredible pumpkin carvings. I do really basic and unimpressive carvings (as clearly shown above)…but it’s fun none the less. ๐Ÿ™‚ This year I think I am going to carve a white pumpkin. They just look so pretty with the candles inside! 



This tutorial is SUPER cool. Find it here! I just recently jumped on the bandwagon of pumpkin painting. I have seen some STUNNING painted pumpkins. You can decorate with pumpkins inside or outside. Either way, it is way less messy than carving and still just as fun. I bet it would be a lot easier with kids, too! No sharp knives involved at all. ๐Ÿ™‚ 



I don’t really know what to call this type of pumpkin decorating. Basically, you take a sharp knife and you just shave away the parts of the pumpkin skin you don’t want in your design. This tutorial can be found here and is SUPER awesome! It is less messy than carving, because you don’t need to pull the guts out or poke all the way through the pumpkin. Super cute and fun and just another reason pumpkins are the bomb.



This is the coolest thing I’ve seen so far. 

  1. Clear out a big orange sucker and carve a jack-o-lantern face.
  2. Cut the whole thing in half.
  3. Carve out a smaller, white pumpkin with a skull face.
  4. Stick the white pumpkin inside the broken orange pumpkin. 

Sick, right? I am totally obsessed. Don’t think I won’t be trying this ASAP. I’ll let you know how it goes. Pictures to come. Stay tuned.



When was the last time you heard those in the same sentence? I haven’t. But I like it. Better Homes & Gardens has you covered this season with this easy tutorial. Grab those white pumpkins, kiddos, because we are going to be using them a lot. This is so cute. Just use your handy bedazzler (don’t lie. we all have one from decorating our 8th grade talent show outfits…), and rhinestone that cute little pumpkin in the shape of a spider web. Craft stores sell large spiders to decorate with and you can easily spray paint it silver to match your rhinestones. Hot glue that arachnid to your pumpkin and voila! Rhinestones and spiders.



This is another cool idea that I came across in my search (here). A recipe pumpkin! It involves grabbing the largest pumpkin at the pumpkin patch and snagging the nearest sharpie. Choose an easy fall recipe (like pumpkin pie for instance) and write it in your prettiest handwriting on the front of the pumpkin. Set it up on your counter, or at a get together this October! It is the perfect way to share yummy recipes with your friends!



I love this idea (in-depth tutorial HERE courtesy of onsuttonplace.com). Mostly because I love how you can decorate with pumpkins and little gourds (and all things that are smaller than normal size, honestly). Cut out a large circle from cardboard and hot glue the tiny pumpkins all around it! Wrap with burlap or orange tulle and hang that pretty DIY project on your front door for everyone to see. Pumpkins are cool. They are also cute and perfect for Halloween. Want to spook it up? Wrap the pumpkins in fake spider webs and glue some more of those craft store spiders on the wreath. Done, and done.



This needs no explanation as I did this for my own table a few weeks ago! You can find the tutorial HERE. It has been so cute on my table this fall and as soon as I can make it over to my nearest craft store, I plan on exchanging the burlap ribbon for a black one and throwing fake spiders around like confetti. It’s kind of my thing. 

There you go, party people! 8 ways to decorate with pumpkins this October. ๐Ÿ™‚ I seriously love this time of year. It makes my heart so happy. Yesterday, I took some pictures with Michelle yesterday of my fall outfits and I just know you are going to love them. This season is all about hot chocolate, apple cider, cozy scarves and snuggles with your loved ones!

I hope you liked this compilation and that it gave you some fun ideas for how to decorate for this October! Tell me what you liked (or what you didn’t!) in the comments below. What is your favorite way to use pumpkins during this season? 

Tag me in your pumpkin decorations on instagram! I want to see all your carved, painted and bedazzled pumpkins! Follow me on instagram @blondeandambitiousblog to see my (most likely a fail) carved pumpkin next week. 

Thanks for stopping by,

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  1. Jessica | 14th Oct 16

    I love the idea of the pumpkin pie recipe on it!

  2. Jessica | 14th Oct 16

    I love all of these ideas! I really want to carve our initials into a pumpkin too!
    xo Jessica

  3. Jessica Q | 14th Oct 16

    Aww I love this! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for! GREAT ideas ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Teresa | Simply Made Fun | 14th Oct 16

    I love all of these ideas! The non-traditional ways of decorating a pumpkin are my favorite!

  5. Kelsey | 14th Oct 16

    I love the look of painted pumpkins.. so fun!! Too bad I have ZERO artistic abilities!! LOL

    xo Kelsey | http://www.chasingcinderellablog.com

  6. Erica @ Coming Up Roses | 14th Oct 16

    We’re painting pumpkins tonight for date night…I’m so excited! Yours are too cute. I need all the inspiration I can get!

    Coming Up Roses

  7. Candy | 14th Oct 16

    So many great ideas! I love the one with the skull coming out of the pumpkin!!! Such an awesome and creative idea.

  8. Carissa Hayes | 14th Oct 16

    Such a great post! Pumpkin painting and bedazzling is my favorite! My daughters birthday is halloween, and like you said.. kids and sharp objects.. big no no! So much easier to paint and decorate them!

    • Taylor Mobley | 14th Oct 16

      I love that her birthday is on Halloween! The dream!

  9. Stephani | 14th Oct 16

    So fun and festive!! My hubby and I are decorating pumpkins today using paint and stickers! Haha


  10. Falon | 14th Oct 16

    I love the rhinestones! Super glam and pretty. It also looks super cool to paint them!

  11. karen | 14th Oct 16

    LOVE all these pumpkins – but not sure how confident I am in my abilities in achieving this same perfect look! But – that pumpkin recipe is totally unique and I love it! Although, I did make a cool kitty pumpkin set (see my post on Monday) and was crazy proud of what i achieved. Took me hours and hours…. but still!

  12. Amanda Rinehart | 14th Oct 16

    Ah! I love the skull and the pumpkin wreath! Who doesn’t love pumpkins? Im soon psyched to be able to actually decorate with them this year! We just moved from Florida and it’s so hot an humid there you had to carve them the day before Halloween because they basically rot immediately.

    • Taylor Mobley | 14th Oct 16

      Oh that is NO fun! Hubby and I carved ours tonight and it is so cold out I bet they will last until November LOL

  13. Mandy Carter | 14th Oct 16

    OUr family is split on how we like to decorate our pumpkins. My husband is an artist, so he creates a detailed overly complicated carving. I like to do a pretty painted pumpkin- less mess and lasts longer.

  14. Debra | 14th Oct 16

    Love love love the sparkly spider pumpkin and the daring painted one!! I love pumpkins!!

  15. Terri Steffes | 14th Oct 16

    Those look like a lot of fun. I like carving old fashioned jack o lanterns. So much fun!

  16. OurFamilyWorld | 15th Oct 16

    These are all awesome ideas. I love the recipe pumpkin and the white one with a spider.

  17. Jena Proctor | 15th Oct 16

    These are all great ideas to use pumpkins to decorate for fall. The candy skulls painted pumpkin was beautiful! This makes me wish I could be more creative and rock some of these awesome ideas!

  18. Kristin Cook | 15th Oct 16

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the “shaved” ones! Those are absolutely gorgeous!

  19. Kristen | 15th Oct 16

    Love all these ideas!

  20. Rachel | 15th Oct 16

    So fun! Pumpkins are tough here in FL because of the heat, but I love them!

  21. Patricia @ Grab a Plate | 15th Oct 16

    These are such great ideas! I love the painted sugar skull pumpkins, and of course the rhinestone decorated pumpkins ๐Ÿ™‚ Very fun ideas!

  22. Chelsea | 15th Oct 16

    All such great ways to decorate!!! We just got our pumpkins last week. So excited (:

  23. Carlie | 15th Oct 16

    These are all so adorable!

  24. Lauryn | 15th Oct 16

    My two favorites are the skull and the white sugars skull!


  25. Mari Tuten | 15th Oct 16

    so many fun ways!! cute wreath by the way.

  26. Internationalcaty | 15th Oct 16

    Great ideas…I’ve never decorated a pumpkin

    • Taylor Mobley | 15th Oct 16

      It is my favorite part of October besides actual Halloween!

  27. MyCoolToyVids | 15th Oct 16

    These pumpkins are so awesome! I love the skull one!!!

  28. Nellwyn | 15th Oct 16

    I love the idea of painting pumpkins! Especially since carving them can be such hard work!

  29. Kari (Happy Coconuts Travel Blog) | 15th Oct 16

    So many cute ideas!! I love the skull one and the recipe one most. Love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Greta | 15th Oct 16

    I need to try pumpkin painting this year! So fun!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  31. Cricket | 15th Oct 16

    I love the idea of the painted wreath

  32. Ivonne | 15th Oct 16

    Great ideas! I personally love the white one with all the ‘bling’!

  33. Southern & Style | 15th Oct 16

    I love that pumpkin wreath-so pretty! And painting pumpkins is a great way to help them last longer ๐Ÿ™‚

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

  34. Agnes | 15th Oct 16

    These are great ideas! Will be sure to try some out

  35. Amber Myers | 15th Oct 16

    I love all these ideas! We normally just carve the pumpkin.

  36. The Savvy Age | 15th Oct 16

    Am a fan of the shaved pumpkins – how cool!

  37. Rose | 15th Oct 16

    I love these ideas! The blind one is almost doable. I had never heard or seen the Russian nesting pumpkins. We actually just got a dremel so we are going to try that route this year.

  38. Dana Vento | 16th Oct 16

    I love the idea of wreaths pumpkin decorations. I should try it. Thanks that I found this.

  39. Anna nuttall | 16th Oct 16

    I was saying to my husband last night that I might this year paint on a small pumpkin a face. I can’t be dealing with the mess of the pumpkin.

  40. Samantha | 16th Oct 16

    I love these ideas! I kept trying to pick a favorite, but then I’d scroll down further and change my mind. They’re all fun!

  41. Lizzy | 16th Oct 16

    I love the idea of painting your pumpkin! I suck at carving – so painting may have to be my new thing!

  42. Dani | 16th Oct 16

    Such beautiful fall pumpkins! I love all your fall decor. You’re so creative! xo
    Dani // http://www.daniellealexandra.com

  43. Sassy | 16th Oct 16

    Love all these ideas, but my favorite one is the skull jack o lantern inside a jack o lantern! That one was so creative!

  44. Stacey | 16th Oct 16

    I love all these ideas but I think the wreath with the little pumpkins is my favorite. I always have so many wreaths around the house during the holiday season but nothing like this before!

  45. Emily | 16th Oct 16

    I mainly stick to the traditional ways, but I love some of the unique ones you have listed here! That recipe one could be really cute in a kitchen, and I’m really tempted to try the painted theme going on now:)

  46. Ruxandra | 16th Oct 16

    I really love how painted pumpkins look like!

  47. Melanie Frost | 16th Oct 16

    Wow! I thought I’ve seen it all, but I have never seen those ideas before. I love the sugar skull and the rhinestones! Also that nesting pumpkin is so cool. I’d love to see how it glows at night.

  48. Jenna | 16th Oct 16

    You are too cute with your carved pumpkins! I love all these ideas, but that rhinestone spider one is FAB.

  49. Megan mccoig | 16th Oct 16

    I love the idea of shaving patterns into them instead of cutting it out. Also, I love that wreath. Need that for my door!

  50. Charlotte | 16th Oct 16

    These are so sweet and definitely perfect for the season, some people are so creative! I love all of these and need to try some of them this year!

  51. Jenna at Boston Chic Party | 16th Oct 16

    Love all these decorating ideas! I have never seen the pumpkin recipe before and that is such a cute idea for a party!
    xoxo, Jenna
    Boston Chic Party

  52. HilLesha | 16th Oct 16

    I’m not overly creative when it comes to pumpkins. I wish! I do love that pumpkin wreath, though. It is so pretty!

  53. Summer @ Coffee With Summer | 16th Oct 16

    I love a good pumpkin centerpiece! So much you can do with them.

  54. Janine Good | 16th Oct 16

    How unique are these ideas! I love the silver spider design and the pumpkin pie recipe! Very unique!

  55. Debra | 16th Oct 16

    The sugar skull ones are my absolute favorite! I keep thinking that is what I want to try this year. So cool!

  56. My Shopping Diet | 16th Oct 16

    So many awesome ideas and talented people who created them! Excited for fall!

  57. Dawn McAlexander | 16th Oct 16

    I would not have thought of a lot of these. They are some really great ideas that go above and beyond the typical jack-o-lantern.

  58. Cynthia @craftoflaughter | 16th Oct 16

    I love your sugar skull pumpkin! I love decorating with pumpkins too. I may have to try some new ways this year

  59. Angela Campos | 16th Oct 16

    I love all of these ideas! We have several pumpkins so I may just try each one of these, thanks for sharing!!!

  60. Kelsie | 16th Oct 16

    I love this so much! That little wreath is adorable!!

  61. Terri Steffes | 16th Oct 16

    Aren’t pumpkins adorable? I get some of all sizes for my porch. You know, these past few years I haven’t carved or painted my pumpkins, just enjoyed them as they are.

  62. Kim | 17th Oct 16

    We just picked our pumpkin up this weekend. I love the recipe idea for the kitchen. You can keep it out until Thsnksgiving.

  63. Stephanie | 17th Oct 16

    These are really great!! I’ve never seen the pumpkin inside a pumpkin… what a cool idea!

  64. Lexi | 17th Oct 16

    These are so cute! I love the idea of shaving them! It looks super cool and unique

  65. Tahnee | 17th Oct 16

    I have followed your blog awhile now and absolutely love it! This post was cute ideas for halloween carvings. Mine never turn out how I want though!

    • Taylor Mobley | 17th Oct 16

      Thanks Tahnee!!! It definitely takes practice!!!

  66. Jeanine | 17th Oct 16

    I want to paint a pumpkin or two this year! I think it looks so cool and will be less of a pain than carving! My kids and hubby can carve I love the idea of paint!

  67. Lisa | 17th Oct 16

    I’m always looking for something different to do with our pumpkins!! I love the one with the white skull inside or and the diamond jewel one is pretty! We usually end up carving one scary one and one princess one for our daughter lol.

  68. Manda Joy | 17th Oct 16

    So cute! Love the ideas and such a great way to celebrate the fall without being solely focussed on Halloween.

  69. Lou Lou Girls | 17th Oct 16

    I love these ideas!

  70. Gryselle Mae | 17th Oct 16

    Halloween is truly near! Such a cute pumpkin you have there. And the both of you look adorable as well ๐Ÿ™‚

    xoxo, G

  71. Shelby Bromley | 17th Oct 16

    Awesome ideas! I love the day of the dead pumpkin!

  72. Jennifer Hamra | 17th Oct 16

    I LOVE the sugar skull pumpkin! My kids and I are going to paint pumpkins this week. I’d love to try the sugar skull design. it’s very pretty!

  73. ohmummymia | 17th Oct 16

    I love the white one! Great ideas:) we want to start in next week so I can try to use some of your ideas

  74. Shane | 17th Oct 16

    The painted one is so darling and I’m intrigued by the shaving method!

  75. Suzanne Spiegoski | 17th Oct 16

    I love carving pumpkins this time of year as well! Last year I carved a German shepherd pumpkin, naturally. ๐Ÿ™‚

  76. CourtneyLynne | 17th Oct 16

    Omg so many cute pumpkin ideas!!! I’m all about rhinestones and paint when it comes to pumpkins since I suck at carving them lol

  77. Amanda | 17th Oct 16

    I love the throwback photo of your and your sweetie! These ideas are great! with 6 kids bringing pumpkins home I could use some fresh ideas for displaying them.

  78. Amanda Love | 17th Oct 16

    These are all gorgeous ideas! I love the idea to just paint them instead of carving them, it will save you from the mess! It’s also something that the kids can easily do! Perfect for some quality time together.

  79. Shannon | 17th Oct 16

    These are all so cute! I need to get some pumpkins for my house! I love the rhinestones one!

  80. Hannah Adkins | 18th Oct 16

    I love painting pumpkins and decorating them rather than actually carving them out. I love adding some color and glam to them for sure!

  81. Kristin | 18th Oct 16

    Great ideas! I actually made the pumpkin inside a pumpkin last year and my husband won his office contest with it! Such a cool idea. Personally I’m loving the bedazzled pumpkin!

  82. Michael | 19th Oct 16

    The skull was so cool!

  83. Nicole (AlwaysReiding) | 22nd Oct 16

    I’ve been seeing more of the pumpkin within a pumpkin posts this year–I love your take on it and the way to make it even more fun. Thank you for sharing!

  84. Kiwi | 24th Oct 16

    I would love to paint one like the sugar skull one. I also seen a blog post where someone use Fall/Halloween themed fabric to cover it!

  85. Veronica | 25th Oct 16

    I totally love all of these designs, especially the Mexican one and the wreath. Too bad we don’t celebrate Halloween where I live.

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