With HALLOWEEN on the horizon we’re getting CRAFTY WITH PUMPKINS …
Pumpkins are a quintessential symbol of autumn, and harvest time. And they are a gorgeous way to bring some colour and life into (or outside) a house at this time of year. We are all well versed in traditional carvings, but what about those who crave something a little more…chic?
As a disclaimer – let me disclose that I am married to a pumpkin farmer. We open up the Alright Pumpkin patch every October and families arrive in their droves to pick from a wide selection; we have all sorts of varieties. This puts me at a slight advantage – trust me when I say I know more than most would ever need to about pumpkins.
First of all – let’s look beyond the traditional orange. Ghost pumpkins are a beautiful creamy white; Patty Pans range from dark bottle green to sunshine yellow; Crown Princes are blue! So they will add depth and interest to any display in their own right – and the latter variety are particularly delicious and could be chopped up well after Halloween to make delicious soups, curries, veggie lasagnas and cakes.
Then, let’s look at making the orange classics a little more interesting. Firstly, we’ve been spying a mini designer trend – like this Tory Burch logo. We can only hope to see Chanel’s double Cs dotting their way across Irish estates come October 31. Another trend we’re loving is the art of Chinoiserie – transferred to the world of pumpkins. Started in the US (where else?), it involves painting a white base followed by either paper decoupage or hand-painted blue inkings inspired by one’s favourite china patterns. Some of the most outstanding versions we’ve seen can be found here and here. Monogramming is also major for those who love a preppy vibe. If all else fails – grab a tub of pvc glue and some gold glitter, or a can of gold spray paint; it can be a messy endeavour but the end result is surprisingly lovely and ties in well with all the other autumnal colours out there. It is also an excellent activity for those who have smaller people in their lives – a great way to get into the pumpkin spirit, no sharp knives necessary.
Last but not least – remember, pumpkins may look tough, but they are actually sensitive souls. In perfect condition, they could happily sit in your kitchen for six months – but once their skin is punctured, decay will set in. So check for nicks, bruises and cuts before embarking on a major decor project! Carving should only be undertaken a maximum of three days before final display; externally decorated pumpkins will last for ages – but only once the skin is left intact. There’s nothing worse than spending hours painting, to only get a few days from the finished result!
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