Fall is here, and the evening of spooky treats is around the corner. With school back in session and the routine of workdays, time is limited to decorate right. The following are ideas for decorations on a budget and on a restricted schedule.
Bejeweled pumpkins are a glamorous and chic alternative to the orange and spooky jack-o-lantern. Purchase a black decorative pumpkin at Target (or paint one black from the dollar store). Glue rhinestones in your favorite color and pattern. You can have the rhinestones trickle down from the stem for a sophisticated look. Finally, paint the stem in the color you chose for the rhinestones (silver rhinestones and a silver stem are recommended to create glitzy contrast).
Looking Glass pumpkins can be easily created using a pumpkin purchased from the dollar store and Looking Glass paint that may be purchased at Lowe’s, or any other hardware store. Simply paint the pumpkins using the Looking Glass paint, which often is sold in aerosol spray cans. Let it dry, and you have an instant centerpiece. It is recommended to paint the pumpkin white first for best results.
“Pumpkins on a stick” can be used to create a pumpkin topiary that can decorate a porch or be used indoors is an easy and inexpensive project. Purchase three different size pumpkins, from smallest to largest. Real or foam pumpkins can be used; however, using foam pumpkins is recommended for indoor and long-lasting use. Purchase the pumpkins already painted in you color of choice, or paint them yourself using spray paint. Decorate the pumpkins with polka dots or paint initials on each one using stencils. Purchase a dowel that is long enough to fit through all three pumpkins. Also, a decorative pot is needed. Carve a hole on the top of the largest pumpkin, and run the dowel through the pumpkin, without it sticking out through the bottom. Then open a hole on the top and bottom of the medium-sized pumpkin. Ease the dowel through it, and slide the pumpkin until it sits on top of the large pumpkin. Finally open a hole on the bottom and top (depending on size of dowel) of the smallest pumpkin. Slide the pumpkin through the dowel until sits on top of the medium-sized pumpkin. If you have room on the dowel left over, either cut the remaining piece, or wrap ribbons on the remaining portion of the dowel (if the remaining portion is small). Sit the largest pumpkin on the decorative pot, and place it in your favorite spot.
Where to buy? All materials needed to create the projects on this article can be purchased at a hardware store (paint and dowel), crafts store (pumpkins and rhinestones), and/or Wal-Mart or Target (pumpkins and pot).