5 Perfectly Easy Pumpkin Makeovers

Halloween is just a few days away, but there’s still time to dazzle up some pumpkins before your doorbell starts ringing. And I have some super easy, no-carve ideas to share.

As an added bonus, when the Halloween clock strikes midnight, all of these can turn into whole new pumpkins that will last until Thanksgiving!! (No fairy godmothers required.)

Here’s a snapshot of all of the projects. The Halloween edition is on the left and the Thanksgiving makeover is on the right in each photo. >>

Now let’s get down to the details!

Here are the five projects, which include supplies and instructions. You won’t believe how easy these are. For reals!



Orange Pumpkin * Pretty Mask * Tulle * Feathers


Cut strips of tulle and lay them under the pumpkin – like a star. (shown on left)

Gather up the tulle at the stem of the pumpkin and secure ends with another piece of tulle. (shown on right)

Tie on the mask and add feathers for extra fabulous flair.

I used feathers with wire stems so I could just poke them right into the pumpkin.


Remove the mask and feathers and gather a few extra supplies.


2 Pieces of Gold Ribbon * Short Strip of Burlap Ribbon * Tag and Gold Pen


Wrap the gold ribbon around the pumpkin. I used two separate strips of ribbon and tied them at the top.

Make a tag using words like “give thanks” or “grateful” and then tie it onto the stem with the burlap ribbon.

I plan to put this on the buffet in my dining room.



White Pumpkin * Extra Fuzzy Black Pipe Cleaners * Sharpie


Use the Sharpie to make two black eyes.

Insert the pipe cleaners directly into the pumpkin. Super easy!

This guy is resting on the armoire in my living room at the moment.

PS. You’ll see why I didn’t make a mouth in a moment.


Remove the spider legs and gather a few supplies.


Brown Feathers * Gold or Bronze Sharpie


Draw a turkey beak under the eyes.

Add the fancy feathers behind the stem, so it looks like a little turkey.

These feathers had wire stems, so it was a cinch to poke right into the pumpkin.

This might be my favorite pumpkin of all time.



White Pumpkin * Black Tulle * Orange Ribbon * Fake Spider


Layer the black tulle and orange ribbon into a bow and tie around the stem of the pumpkin.

Hot glue or tie on the spider to jazz up the spook factor.


Strip down the pumpkin to its beautiful self.


Silver or Black Sharpie


You could start a lovely tradition of The Great Thanksgiving Pumpkin.

Have each person at your Thanksgiving table take turns writing something they’re grateful for – on the pumpkin.

I love the one pictured below.



Small Orange Pumpkin * Carving & Scooping Tools * Floral Foam + Gothic Feathers/Flowers


Okay, so this one requires some carving, but you can preserve the inside of the pumpkin with this handy tip.

Now, cut a “lid” on the top of the pumpkin. Open and scoop out the insides.

{Remember to keep your seeds for these yummy recipes or this darling flower.}

Insert the floral foam in the bottom of the pumpkin and arrange your feathers and flowers.

I used a little Spanish moss to fill the gaps around the edges of the arrangement.


Pull out the Halloween-themed flora and gather up a fall harvest.


Large Bundle of Wheat


I was able to reuse the floral foam. If it’s too crumbly from your first arrangement, you can always use a fresh one.

Insert a few stems of wheat at a time. I inserted them at an angle so they fanned out of the pumpkin.

You could add Spanish moss or even tuck in a few pine cones at the base to help cover the gaps.

I also added a pretty bow, because I just like them.



Orange Pumpkin * Black and White Ribbon * Gold Paint and Brush


Wipe down the pumpkin and paint stripes and polka dots – or any fun pattern.

Tie a bow around the stem. Boom. Done.


Remove the bow.


Burlap and Gold Ribbon


Um, all you do is swap out the Halloweenish bow for this beautiful fall bow. I layered the burlap under the gold ribbon.

You could paint lots of smaller pumpkins and arrange them down the middle of your dining room table.

For the Halloween pumpkins, add black candles to help goth-up the look. When it’s time to give thanks, swap out the candles for a cream or burgundy color.

That’s a wrap! I hope this gave you a few fun ideas to try. Which one’s your favorite? Or do you have other ideas to share? Do tell! 😉

In the meantime, I’ll be busy gathering goodies (mountains of candy, more like it) for our little treaters next week.



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Friday Wrap

It’s Fri-yay! I’m looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and digging in the dirt this weekend. The garden needs some TLC – only because I’ve been up to fun activities like pumpkin hunting and fall food eating. (I know my priorities.) Here are my five faves of the week.

Blogged while listening to my puppy, Leo, snore during his morning nap. #puppylove

{ONE} Mimi’s Punkin’ Patch

The kids and I headed up to my mom’s abundant garden last weekend. We love our visits to Mimi and Pappa’s house. There’s aways a soft hug and fresh batch of gluten-free peanut-butter chocolate chip cookies waiting for us. This time there were also pumpkins!! The kids (and two of their sweet cousins) had a chance to pick their special treat right from the vine. It was a great experience, and the weather was darn-near perfect.

mimis pumpkin patch

{TWO} Pumpkin Dessert Squares

Speaking of pumpkins, I read on Skimm there will be a shortage this year. Uh, oh. Apparently there was too much rain in places like Illinois, which produces 90% of US-grown pumpkins. Who knew?! It’s compounded by the fact that there’s such a pumpkin craze these days. I mean, there’s this and this.

All of that to say, we need to stock up on all things pumpkin while we can, friends. My problem will be trying to portion it out until Thanksgiving, especially when recipes like the Pumpkin Dessert Square enter my life. This originated from William Sonoma, which is your go-to place for Muirhead Pumpkin Pecan Butter. It’s de-vine!

{THREE} Not Your Father’s Root Beer Float

A friend of mine from Kansas City recently introduced me to Not Your Father’s Root Beer. Have you tried this stuff? If you like root beer, you will love this spirited version. It’s pretty sweet on its own, but I couldn’t resist adding a few dollops of vanilla ice cream to make one heck of an adult-beverage dessert. Cheers to that decision!

not your fathers root beer

{FOUR} Pickup Groceries

I must be going through a “growth spurt,” as I say to my kids. I’ve been all about food this week. Good thing I found THIS glorious service.

Walmart started offering pickup groceries at our Neighborhood Market a few weeks ago, and I have already used it so many times the manager knows my name. Lol! I can honestly say this has made the chore of grocery shopping actually enjoyable. They don’t even pay me to say this.

The only downside I’ve discovered so far is ordering the wrong size of things. You have to look carefully at the description online or you could end up with a jar of tomato sauce the size of your head. This actually happened. It’s all good, though. Spaghetti, anyone?

Walmart Pickup

{FIVE} 2016 Planner

Earlier in the week I was contemplating my next planner. I had some great responses on Facebook and even had two more suggestions: the Mom Agenda and Erin Condren’s LifePlanner. As I researched these, I discovered Erin is a Delta Gamma, which is near and dear to my heart. I might have to go that route just for that reason.

I’d love to hear from you, though! What planner have you found to be the biggest life saver? Once I make a decision, I will host a special giveaway for A FREE 2016 PLANNER to celebrate my first blogiversary. (See, it pays to read this whole post!!) The official date will be 10/20, so more and exciting details to come.

That’s a wrap for now. Let’s go have a weekend worth remembering!