If the crisp cool air and colour turned leaves aren’t indication enough of the new season upon us, than the neon glow of newly opened pumpkin patch signs is a dead giveaway that fall is here! With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we’d like to celebrate our favourite fall fruit with design inspiration for incorporating pumpkins into your holiday decor. So here are 10 Pumpkin Decor Ideas to Fall For!

Our 10 favourite ways to use pumpkins as decorations this Thanksgiving:

 

#1: Painted to Perfection

We’re big fans of autumn colours! Rustic reds, yellows and oranges with earthy browns and beiges create some of our favourite colour combinations throughout the seasons but especially at this time of year. However, we know that pumpkin orange is not a fan favourite for everyone and can be a clash-worthy subject. While painting pumpkins is not a new trend, it’s still one of our fav quick and easy go-to’s. Mix it up and play around with a new colour scheme, patterns or simply match a room’s existing colour palette.

Sage Advice: Oil-based paints work much better than acrylic paint. If you opt to use acrylic or water-based paint, expect to do a LOT of coats to get the bold effect you’re looking for!

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#2: Pre-Dining Activities

Keep your guests occupied before serving the main course. We love the idea of “Thankful Pumpkins” where your guests write what they’re thankful for this year on a pumpkin that gets enjoyed as an art piece for the rest of the evening. Or turn your pumpkins into a fun game like the word search pumpkin shown below created with just some paint and a few letter stickers.

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#3: Delightful Decoupage

What better way to unleash your inner child than by mixing some glue with water and getting downright sticky!? Every once in awhile you gotta love a messy DIY project, especially when the results are so stunning! Create your own unique masterpiece by decoupaging leaves, paper doilies, crepe paper, and anything else lightweight you can think of to your pumpkins.

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#4: Cozy Candles

Who says a jack-o-lantern is the only way to light up a pumpkin? Forget the scary faces and transform your pumpkins into delightful autumn-inspired candle holders. Whether you prefer tea-lights, candle sticks, or pillar candles, there is a pumpkin out there that can facilitate the shape, size and overall look you are trying to achieve.

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#5: Make a Statement

Being a host is never easy, so many people to catch up with while keeping your eye on food and making sure everyone’s glass stays full. Let your pumpkins do the talking for you this Thanksgiving. Create a written focal piece using multiple pumpkins or use one stand-out pumpkin to welcome your guests or even display the menu for the evening.

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#6: Functional and Fabulous

Pumpkins don’t always need to be stand alone decor pieces, they can also be functional while still contributing to your overall design. For example, try beautifying your table with a lovely floral arrangement set inside a pumpkin. Ditch the vase and let your creativity run wild by playing around with different types of greenery, moss, florals, succulents or even berries. Try painting it for a little extra flare. Now that is truly fabulous!

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#7: All Studded-Out

Let your personality shine! Not everyone is a fan of frilly decor and if you’re anything like us, sometimes you just have to let your inner rockstar out. This Thanksgiving, punk-out your pumpkins using thumbtacks or studded beads from your local craft store. Create intricate designs or words to give your pumpkins a glam-rock look.

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Source: countryliving.com / cuckoo4design.com

 

#8: Plump Place-Settings

It’s the small details that matter most and what better way to make your guests feel welcome than with these adorable place settings created out of baby pumpkins. Add your personal touch with a little paint or glitter. Feel free to hand write each one or create a printed name card and adhere it with glue, twine or whatever else your creative heart desires.

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Source: pepperdesignblog.com / mypapercrush.com

 

#9: Simply Subtle Designs

Just like adding a little mascara in morning, sometimes a small enhancement is all you really need. With minimal effort and time your pumpkins will be dressed to impress with these subtle ideas. Try prettying up your pumpkins with your favourite ribbon or if you want extra ‘WOW’ factor, use some beautifully designed panty-hose and carefully thread the closed toe area over the top of the pumpkin. Once the whole pumpkin is covered, secure the bottom with a knot, cut the rest of the material off, and VOILA! You have a simply subtle decor piece.

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#10: Au Naturel

Embrace the beauty that is the pumpkin by proudly displaying them in their natural form. For a sophisticated feel, dust out apothecary jars, break out the pedestal stands, cloches or even use varying heights of candle holders to display beautiful fall cucurbits. With different types of pumpkins, squashes, and gourds available in various sizes, shapes, and colours, you truly have endless options for mixing and matching to create the perfect fall display.

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Sage Advice

No matter what design choices you make this season or which of these 10 Pumpkin Decor Ideas to Fall For you decide to use, be sure to take time to appreciate all that you have. With so much hurt going on in the world it’s important to practice gratitude, especially for all the small things we take for granted on a daily basis. Try not to stress over all the details of planning the perfect evening. Your family and friends will be appreciative of your efforts to bring everyone together.

And as always, if you ever did need a little help with any aspect of your event, our Sage Support team is here to help! Whether you need help with decorations, or maybe you don’t have time to cook and want help finding a caterer to prepare your Thanksgiving feast, our professional event planners can help at an affordable hourly rate! Get in touch today by emailing us at sagesupport@eventsage.com.

 

 

Vanna Bailey

Vanna Bailey

Having worked the majority of my career in experiential event marketing for large brands, I appreciate spreadsheets and all the small details that go into putting on an event. I understand how a simple plan can turn into a chaotic mess and hope to give helpful insights into how it can be done better. I am also the new Marketing Coordinator here at Eventsage.

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