Fall is my favorite season. I love everything about it; from the colors and smells to the seasonal candles (pumpkin spice is my favorite) and the decorations. Going to Rose’s Berry Farm in Glastonbury to pick the perfect pumpkin, or pumpkins, has become a yearly tradition my now husband and I started back when we were dating, B.C. (Before Children). I love putting the pumpkins out on the front steps, whether we decide to carve or paint them. We usually also leave a couple in their natural state as well.
But what about post-Halloween? What do you do with your pumpkins once the trick-or-treating has ended? Halloween is over. Do you (a) throw your pumpkin(s) in the garbage (b) let them rot away on your front stoop and/or let the animals have at it or (c) use them for something else?
Well, today is your lucky day because I am going to offer you a couple of ideas for your post-Halloween pumpkins…and no…one of them is not using it to make pumpkin pie. There’s a reason I stick to crafts. Cooking is not my strong suit.
The “Easy Distressed Pumpkin”
All you need to do is paint your pumpkin with one coat of white chalk paint and use a sanding wedge to get that special effect. Easy, right? And just think how great these would look as centerpieces for your Thanksgiving meal?
The “Pumpkin Planter”
Simply gut your pumpkin (saving the seeds to bake in the oven of course because they make a delicious snack) , add some potting soil and then your mums and you have just put a spin on the ol’ doorstep pumpkin. Find the full tutorial on The Mother Huddle.
Try one idea or both. Your pumpkins will thank you!