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Pretty, No-Carve Pumpkins

Source: www.parents.com – By Taryn Mohrman

Move over Jack. This Halloween your kids can help decorate your home with these playful, no-carve pumpkin ideas.

Smashing Pumpkins

After you take the kids to the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect gourd, break out your arts and crafts supplies and let the pumpkin decorating begin!

Mummify Your Pumpkin

Turn your pumpkin into a mysterious mummy for Halloween by wrapping it in self-stick gauze.


Granny Gourd

Decorate your pumpkin up to look like a funny old lady using a lampshade, old reading glasses, and costume brooches.



Pumpkin Silhouettes

Apply a coat of white paint to your pumpkin and let it dry completely. Then, tape

on a Halloween stencil and paint the inside black for a spooky silhouette.



Pumpkin Centerpieces

Turn a pumpkin into a flowery arrangement for fall entertaining. Cover the gourd with your favorite (real or fake) flowers using a hot-glue gun.


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Flower-trimmed basket

Source:  Womans Day www.womansday.com


Pink and yellow tissue paper




5 twist-ties

Paper-shredding scissors (optional)

2 shades of green crepe paper streamers

Wicker basket ($10; Michaels.com)

Hot-glue gun and glue sticks

1. For pink flowers: Cut six 6″ squares of pink tissue paper and stack them. Starting at one edge of stack, fold up ½”, then under ½”; continue until entire stack is folded accordion-style. Wrap a twist-tie around the middle. Round off both ends with scissors, then fluff out the folds. Repeat for second flower.

2. For yellow flowers: Make fringe as in the illustration (right), but cut a 2″ rather than a 1″ strip and make your fringe cuts 1″ deep. Roll up the unfolded strip tightly and secure end with glue; let dry. Fluff out fringes. Repeat for 4 more flowers.

3.  Cut one length of each color green streamer to circumference of basket. Make cuts halfway into each streamer, ¼” apart, to make fringe. Hot-glue unfringed side of one streamer onto top edge of basket. Repeat with second streamer.

4. Cut a long piece of streamer in half lengthwise. Hot-glue one half to base of handle, wrap it around handle and glue on opposite side; trim excess paper. Hot-glue individual pink and clusters of 2 or 3 yellow flowers to handle; let dry.

Photo Credit: Lucas Allen/Woman’s Day

To Make Fringe: Step 1

Fold a sheet of tissue paper so it’s half the length, then repeat 3 times to get a narrow rectangle.

Photo Credit: Lucas Allen/Woman’s Day

To Make Fringe: Step 2

Cut a 1″ strip off a short end. Keeping it folded, make ½”-deep cuts every ¼” along bottom (paper-shredding scissors will make this go faster). Repeat the process with the rest of the paper. Unfold strip

Photo Credit: Lucas Allen/Woman’s Day

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