As anybody who has ever lived in a dorm can tell you, having a classic jack-o-lantern inside your room is one of the smelliest things you could imagine and since the temperatures are changing for the colder there is almost no way to keep fresh air coming in to your room. Also, a lot of schools do not allow you to have a jack-o-lantern outside your door in the hallway because it is a considered a hazard, even if you never even put a candle in it. This leaves a lot of college kids wishing to be home so they could have fun with some jack-o-lanterns without having a rotting fruit in their room. But instead of looking at the negatives, I have looked at this as an opportunity to come up with a fun way to have Pumpkins in my room without every having to cut into one.
After finishing my previous post about pumpkins in dorms, I was really in the mood to do more, because you can never have too many pumpkins in your dorm room. So I went on a hunt at my local craft store, looking at loads of different easy craft decorations, all the while thinking “how could I use this on a pumpkin. In all honesty, this was probably the most fun I have ever had decorating a pumpkin. I have never tried doing such odd methods as these to make a pumpkin look cool and interesting but it had me feeling like a kid again and was one of the quickest process ever!
When I started brainstorming for what to put on these pumpkins, I immediately knew I wanted to essentially bedazzle a pumpkin and make it sparkle beyond recognition. I blame it on my love for Cinderella and her amazing carriage. I ended up deciding on a few different methods to do this one (even thought I didn’t do them all). You could either use:
All three worked out and gave my pumpkins a magical feel about them. It all just depends on the shape of your pumpkin and the exact look you are going for. My suggestion is if you are doing the full pumpkin, use the jewels because they cover a much larger space and do not get as messy the more you add to the pumpkin. For only a portion of the pumpkin, I suggest sequins. They have the same glittering effect as the jewels but are smaller allowing you a little more freedom with how the edges of the sparkling section is design. This way of doing it does end up being quite messy because the Glue is able to get through the center and will end up on your fingers, but the end result is magnificent. The final way to do this is with rhinestones, but I would only suggest doing these if you are doing a very small portion of the pumpkin. Not only are they tiny, but they are just as messy as sequins and possibly twice as hard to get to stay in the exact spot you want without covering them in glue.
Now this way I like to call my “Ode to Dr. Seuss” because they look so quirky and odd when you are done. I have never before seen a pumpkin with these little tufts covering it before, but it is absolutely adorable and so easy to do that you can get tons of these done in a short amount of time. I did mess with the idea of doing all one color or multiple colors and both looked so cool and fun that I actually ended up gifting a few to my friends to help spread the Halloween spirit.
The final way to get your pumpkins decorated and looking ready to go in the blink of an eye is with some ribbons and glue. I cannot take full credit for this one. When I was at a party, I saw a girl had loads of pumpkins around the house and she had decided to wrap them up with different ribbon colors. It was so cute and actually a pretty cool idea and thus I have adopted it. For this idea, the only boundaries you have to face is your imagination. Although it sound very cliché, it’s true. Ribbons, glue, and pumpkins are naturally best friends and I had no problem creating this cute little pumpkin.
How would you decorate your pumpkin without having to cut into it? It’s amazing how many different ways there are to decorate a pumpkin that I never knew about before. Send me a picture of your awesome pumpkins on twitter or Instagram and let’s see how all of you adapt these pumpkins to be uniquely yours!
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