5 Unique Jack-O-Lanterns To Try This Fall

By Hannah Avison

When you think about Halloween, what comes to mind? Spooks, candy, and jack-o-lanterns of course! Carving a pumpkin is an iconic fall activity that’s fun for all ages. Although the classic, goofy-grinned cutout is a popular choice, flex your creativity and give your pumpkin an upgrade this autumn. Here are 5 stylin’ ideas for jack-o-lanterns to get you started.

  1. Glittered Pumpkin. All that glitters IS gold! This simple DIY is not only perfect for the artistically challenged, but requires minimal supplies and effort. Your friends and family will be in awe over your sparkly creations, while the quick execution allows you to spend more time with loved ones! Nothing catches the light like glitter, making this design absolutely glamorous.
  2. Spider Web Pumpkin. You don’t need to get tangled up in tedious carving when you’re making a Spider Web Pumpkin! These spooky yet adorable displays are easy and festive. All you need is a pumpkin, hot glue gun, glue, scissors, thin twine and a plastic spider. Glue one end of the twine to the bottom of the pumpkin, and then allow the material to sit and dry. Once it’s secure, wrap the twine around the pumpkin in a web-like fashion. Then cut the string, and glue the other end, fixing it to the pumpkin. Now for the pièce de résistance: the plastic spider! Hot glue it to the front of the pumpkin, so it’s comfortably sitting on its web. There you go – easy as one, two, “eep!”
glitter gold pumpkin decorating
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spider web pumpkin decorating
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  1. FLASH TAT Pumpkin. This particular pumpkin comes straight from the VIP section of the Coachella Music Festival. It’s fun and funky, yet still looks chic! Not only will its intricate design wow your guests, but it’s surprisingly easy to create. Start with a white pumpkin, or if you prefer, paint your pumpkin using a white shade that is matte. If you choose to paint it, you’ll have to wait an extra hour for it to dry. Once your pumpkin is ready, you’ll need to cut out your flash tattoos and decide how you want them to sit. Place the temporary tattoos on the skin of your pumpkin with the plastic protector removed, and use a damp cloth to adhere them to the surface. It’s the same technique you would use to put a temporary tattoo on your skin – super simple. Allow the design to dry, and voila! You have the hippest jack-o-lantern in town!
  2. Chalkboard Pumpkin. This no-carve pumpkin allows for a sea of creativity! No longer are you restricted to one design. You can change the face of your jack-o-lantern based on your mood, or even have guests sign it as they arrive at your Halloween party. All you need is a pumpkin, chalkboard spray paint, chalk/chalkboard marker, masking tape and an old newspaper. First, set your pumpkin on the old newspaper, and completely cover the stem with masking tape. You want to keep the stem clean. Next, use the spray paint and fully douse your pumpkin with a first coat. Allow it to dry for about an hour, and then repeat the step. Once it’s completely dry, you can remove the tape, and draw a design of your choice with the chalk. To remove the marks, simply wipe it clean with a damp rag. Be sure to have a lot of fun with this jack-o-lantern - the possibilities are endless!
flash tattoos pumpkin decorating
Hannah Avison
black lace pumpkin decorating
Quentin Bacon via Country Living
  1. Lacey Pumpkin. There’s something about black lace that edges between elegant and eerie. Didn’t we all appreciate the fabulousness of Morticia Addams? This final pumpkin doesn’t take too much effort, and the results are stunning! All you need is a white pumpkin, Mod Podge, scissors and black lace. Simply cut out the lace you want to use, position it to where you want it located on your pumpkin, apply the Mod Podge completely over the fabric swatch and allow the material to dry. For extra adhesive, add another coat. These chic pumpkins are the perfect pieces to give your party that creepy editorial vibe!

There you have it – 5 unique jack-o-lanterns to try this season. Whether your guests are looking for tricks or treats, these special pumpkins are bound to leave a hallowed impression!

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