Pumpkin Decorating Tips

Here are some tips from Home Depot on how to decorate a pumpkin for Halloween:
 
Don't settle for the traditional grinning jack o' lantern this year. Instead paint, carve and glitz up pumpkins unlike any other neighbor on the block with easy, do-it-yourself carving and decorating tips from The Home Depot.
 
         Carve with the right tools: Save time and create the perfect cut with pumpkin carving kits that make it easy to carve a silly, spooky or cheery face.
         Style them up: Embellish pumpkins with colorful glitter or chalkboard paint - the options are endless.
         Easy no-carve: Wow trick-or-treaters with a front porch display, complete with no-carve pumpkins.

Key Messages
1.     Don't settle for the traditional grinning jack o' lantern this year. Instead paint, carve and glitter your pumpkins unlike any others on the block with easy do-it-yourself carving and decorating tips.
2.     Get crafty with friends and family this fall with DIY projects. Decorating a pumpkin without ever using a knife has never been easier!
 
STEP ONE Carve with the right tools
 
Save time and make the perfect cut with pumpkin carving kits that make it easy to carve a silly, spooky or cheery face.
       Carve like a pro with the Pumpkin Masters Pumpkin Carving Party Kit, which includes four saws, two scoops and 16 original carving patterns.
       If you prefer the really large pumpkins, pick up a Pumpkin Gut and Carve Kit. Prep, clean and scoop out your masterpiece easily with these safe and efficient tools. Best of all, these tools can be used year after year.
       Carving fresh and dried gourds is a staple for Halloween decorations, but this year make carving even easier by using a Dremel Rotary Tool to etch and drill into the shell. The high-performance motor and variable speed gives you versatility so you can create everything from a simple etched pattern to an intricately carved masterpiece. Use the Dremel 4000 you already have in the garage, or pick up the Dremel 6-Volt Pumpkin Carving Tool specifically for carving.
 
STEP TWO Style them up
 
Embellish pumpkins with colorful, glitter paint or chalkboard paint for a no-carve effort with lots of style. These no-carve pumpkins will last from Halloween through Thanksgiving for style all season long!
       Glitz up your pumpkins with Rust-Oleum Specialty Gold Glitter Spray. Embellished pumpkins are the perfect autumn touch to any home - indoors or outdoors.
       Impress trick-or-treaters with chalk pumpkins. Now, you can easily write "Boo!" or "Happy Halloween!" on your pumpkins with Rust-Oleum Specialty Black Chalkboard Spray Paint.
       Want an even easier, low cost and no-mess way to style your pumpkin? Try decorating it with thumb tacks! Use thumb tacks to create a traditional design like a bat or spider, or get creative and use them to "draw" out your house numbers or strips - or even cover the pumpkin completely in tacks.
 
STEP THREE Easy no-carve
 
Wow trick-or-treaters with a front porch display that takes only minutes to complete.
       Dress up your pumpkins with Mr. Potato Head or Star Wars Pumpkin Push-Ins. Simply push the Mr. Potato Head or Darth Vader parts into the pumpkin to create a costumed pumpkin character. Pumpkin push-ins are a great, safe and mess-free alternative to traditional jack o' lanterns.
       Then it's time to add some lights to complete the look. Lights aren't just for Christmas anymore. Add these Lighted Moving Eye Pathway Markers - or Blood Dripping Flickering lights or Old Fashioned String Lights that flicker and make sounds.  Any of these lights hung around your front door or porch stairs are sure to add some easy Halloween flair in just a few minutes.

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