I know I’m late with my pumpkin post, but I like to take time to reflect!  And hey, I’m not yet talking Christmas.

Creating pumpkin art - Bubbablueandme

N was looking forward to having a pumpkin, so I agreed again we would carve one.  We chose a medium sized one this year – much easier to lug around and it was really quick to carve out.

Last year, I bought a poundshop carving kit which was rubbish.  Then I used N’s kiddycutter knife which was brilliant, except I was a little tough on it and broke it.  Oops.   This year I’d planned to buy a really good kit, but in the end forgot about it, so ended up buying another cheap one from Home Bargains for 89p.  It was brilliant. Much better than last years.  In fact I wish I’d bought a couple.

carving out the pumpkin

I really wanted to do a cool design on the pumpkin but N wanted a face again.  I say it every year, but next year I will buy 2 pumpkins, one for him and one for me.

N drew the face he wanted – half with a smile and half an angry grimace, so we got scraping out the insides, drawing on, pricking the outline and then cutting out.  While I was carving, N was enjoying separating out the seeds from the straggly insides.

digging out the pumpkin seeds

Once it was done, I then couldn’t find my LED tea lights, so we didn’t actually have it lit…oh, and we carved it too early so by the 30th October it was already going furry and was turfed outside.  Yuck.

Luckily, on a shopping trip, I’d let N choose a couple of munchkin pumpkins, the little mini ones.  There was no way I was attempting to carve those, so N got the paints out while I got out the Sharpies.

painting pumpkins

a painted pumpkin

Unfortunately, kids paints don’t really dry on pumpkins, so N decided he wanted to wipe the paint off and use my Sharpies.  They’re the way to go for pumpkin decorating because they just dry there and then.  And the colours still show the same.  With a white pumpkin you’d have more choice of colours, but ours worked fine.

sharpie decorating the pumpkins

flower drawn pumpkin

pumpkin fire or flower designs

We just did random things, but next year, I shall pimp my pumpkins and plan my designs in advance.

munchkin pumpkins

Maybe we’ll go pastelmetallic, rhinestonedglitteredwashi tape, or even studded.

pimp a pumpkin different options

We might not have had a lit up pumpkin this year, but our little munchkin pumpkins did the job to make it feel a bit halloween-y.

How do you decorate your pumpkins?


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  1. that is the problem with doing them to far in advance they will go yucky.
    your painted ones look great, but the tape ones are fab looking.

  2. I love the idea of painting pumpkins these look so cute. I think the kids and I might paint some next year. Great idea. Thank you for linking up to Share With Me and I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round. #sharewithme

    • I love the ones where they paint the top and let the paint drip down the sides too – although mine would probably look like a mess!

  3. Pimping pumpkins love the sound of that! I think your pumpkins look better than most designs I have seen great job!

  4. They look great. And I think I’d love a sequinned one, but not sure about the studded ones 🙂 And if you can spare N to separate the seeds from the other bits I think you could make a fortune there – it’s a job I detest!

    • Yes, the sequin one is brilliant. I think I’d have just used drawing pins to mark out an image or shapes rather than the raised studs

  5. Glad I wasn’t the only one who thought the pound shop pumpkin kits were rubbish! I bought the 89p one from home bargain this year and it was great! There stencils were cool, too. I think they were 89p as well.
    I love that you used sharpies and paints, they look fab 😀 xx

  6. Love the idea of using Sharpies to decorate 🙂 we brought some little ones too and I was wondering what to do with them. I think my favourite pimped pumpkin is the sequin one! Would look fab with a candle next to it picking out the sparkles! xx

    • I love the littles ones. We don’t have space for a big display, they just go on the window ledge so the small ones are perfect.

  7. I would never have thought of painting a pumpkin, great idea. They look really good and it is a great alternative to carving. x

  8. Ooo these turned out really great!! This year my boys carved their own pumpkins – for the first time! In the past we have used sharpies, it’s a great job! #ShareWithMe x

  9. oh those look good I hadd not thought of decorating them by painting or sticking things on. That is a better option for little hands.

  10. Fi Ní Neachtáin

    People do such cools things with pumpkins don’t they? I really like how you painted yours. I think I’ll have to do that next year 🙂

  11. Zoe Alicia

    I love some of the simple pumpkin crafts involving paint and markers! On Pinterest they look so elegant. My own versions, slightly less so! x

    • I know just what you mean. They look amazing, I wonder how many efforts they sometimes take

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