Thursday, September 16, 2010

Pumpkins for the Porch

 I have seen plenty of different ways to decorate pumpkins over the years.  I am sorry to say that in the past I have not been terribly creative when it came to fall decorating.  I have so many things going now that it's not likely I'll go too crazy this year, but dang it, I'm going to put forth a little effort.  It really doesn't take much to give it some oomph.

My starting point is this wonderful ~ very heavy ~ wrought iron shelf that I bought at a recent yard sale.

I knew as soon as I put it on my porch that it was meant to have 4 pumpkins on it.  That was the easy part.  The hard part?  How should the pumpkins be decorated?

I could always leave them plain.  The orange color would really pop against the black. That could be understated and elegant (which is not me).  It would be easy - which would be great.  Or... I might leave them plain for a bit, then decorate them in a few weeks. 
When I'm ready to change the look of the pumpkins,  
I'll have plenty of inspiration.

As seen on Good Housekeeping
Gilded as seen on Fabulous Finishes

As seen on Ruthie's Renewed Treasures
As seen on Country Living

As seen on Home Improvement

As seen on Crafty Nest
These Mendhi designs are on a gourd, but why not try out the technique on a pumpkin?  Click here for details.
From Amber Elizabeth - this blog appears to have been removed

As seen on Parents Magazine
As seen on Southern Living - templates here
Well now.  I'm inspired!  The hard part will be deciding which look to go for.

Now it's time for another Porch and Garden Party

I WENT ALL OUT and joined in with a bunch of my favorite parties:
Make It Yours Day at My Backyard Eden
Show and Tell at Blue Cricket Designs
Power of Paint at Domestically Speaking
Spotlight Yourself at It's So Very Cheri
Show Us What You're Workin' With at Me and My Bucket
Get Your Craft On Thursday at Life as Lori
It’s Party Time  at Pony Tails and Fish Scales
Transformation Thursdays at The Shabby Chic Cottage
Strut Your Stuff Thursday at Somewhat Simple
Strut your Stuff at Fireflies and Jelly Beans
Favorite Things Friday at A Few of My Favorite Things
Flaunt it Fridays at Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
Friday Finding Beauty at Dipity Road
Home and Family Fridays at Home is Where My Story Begins
Friday Make Mine Beautiful at It's a Blog Party 
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Remodelaholic's Anonymous Meeting at Remodelaholic
I'm Lovin' It Fridays at Tidy Mom
A Link Party at The Twice Remembered Cottage


  1. Wow, this is all incredible stuff! I've found tons of inspiration here myself today. :)

    Thanks so much for linking up my planter, and good luck with your webbing!! You'll love it no matter where it lands. :)

    Take care!

  2. I'm visiting via My Backyard Eden and I'm loving all of the pumpkin ideas. We have a big Halloween Party every year, and I'm in need of some fresh ideas. Keep them coming!

  3. Thanks for checking out then linking up my toilet paper Pumpkins. :)

  4. Thanks for linking me, I am so fine with that. Glad you like it. Jen

  5. I LOVE the porch and garden party! I wasn't sure if the 'mountain retreat' would glad it does! I love the pumpkin ideas...especially, the pumpkin as a beverage holder! We are throwing an engagement shower soon, so I will have to use this! I love being outside and enjoy this party so much! I will link it back! Thank you! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

  6. Thanks for linking me! I always love finding and checking out other link parties!

  7. hi good day ! nice post you have . about this decors .they are beautiful . this decoration add attraction to our home . it depends only on how you put it or the arrangement in order to fit it in your interiors and theme . like me i have some home and garden decors which i contrast with my garden accessories and windspinners and they blend perfectly . lovely set up !

  8. Thanks for linking me in as well! I am off to check out the other great ideas.


  9. I usually leave my pumpkins au naturel -- mostly because I want to have them around till Thanksgiving! But now you've given me so many fabulous inspiration ideas -- those pumpkins are fantastic!
    And I think they could stretch past Halloween, don't you?
    Great post, thanks!

  10. Thank you for linking me to your party!


  11. many cool ideas....glad you found it all for me. :o)

  12. Hey! Thanks for the kind words at Three Pixie Lane! Yes, I decorated the wire cloche with some dried berry vines...I guess pepperberry?? I've had it for a while! The mason jar is full of acorns...I pay my children a dollar a bucket when they pick them up in the gravel driveway! Then we find fun ways to use them! I love your porch party! Thanks for hosting!!

  13. Just found your blog through links. Love it! Also a new follower. If you ever need new recipes or want to be featured come check out our site and send us a email!

  14. wow, what a great collection! i love the mendhi gourds and that lace topped pumpkin. and the one with the etched leaves. actually, i love them all! thanks for sharing these!

  15. wonderful inspirations!

    Thanks for joining with us -- you certainly found your beauty!


  16. Great post, love the different designs. I am like you I never seem to get much done, which reminds me, I need to get my fall decorations down. I found you through your link at DipityRoad. I am going to go follow, hope you will come by Decorating My Tin Shack or one of my other blogs for a visit.

  17. Wow!!
    Pumpkins are so wonderful, I am your newest follower:))
    Thanks for hosting:)
    Have a great weekend, greetings from Europe, Biljana

  18. Thanks for linking up to my Home and Family Friday party. I just linked my fall front porch to your party.


  19. Oh, thank you for linking me up. I have been searching out new pumpkin ideas. So happy to join your party!

  20. Thanks for including us in your party! I will grab your button and add to our page. Those are some wonderful pumpkin ideas! Have a wonderful week :)

  21. Thank you so much for linking us! I was flattered that you wanted to share my idea! We love to share and link up with fellow bloggers... anytime :)



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