Confession time: I buy way too much nail polish, but I never use it. I can’t help it. I’m attracted to the fun colors. How can I resist? I love the idea of carrying around bright, cheery colors on my fingers and toes.
But the reality of the situation is that I have about twelve shades of beige and only paint my nails once every few months. I loathe waiting for my nails to dry – I’ve got things to do! – so I often go without. As a result, most of the polish I purchase sits on a shelf for years until it gets too gross to use.
In addition to using immense self-discipline at makeup stores, I’m trying to find creative ways (water marbling!) to use my nail polish reserves. Of course, decorating pumpkins was at the top of my list.
Crackle nail polish always seems to make a comeback around Halloween, and I couldn’t wait to plaster a pumpkin with it.
I absolutely love this effect. It’s perfectly eerie for Halloween. I used Maybelline Color Show Shredded in Carbon Frost. If you use crackle nail polish, be sure to apply two layers of base coat on the pumpkin. If you don’t apply the base coat, the nail polish won’t crack.
I was perusing my favorite discount makeup store when I stumbled on this polka dot nail polish! This is definitely my favorite effect on the pumpkins. How fun is this?
Mixing in a few treats with the tricks – I call this my cookies and cream pumpkin. No need to apply a base coat. Just one coat of the polka dot nail polish was enough.
This textured nail polish (Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat) is my least favorite of the effects. I had such high hopes for it. I think it would look cool against a black background, but it looked washed out on the white pumpkin and I was afraid it would blend in too much with an orange pumpkin.
Oh well. It was still worth a try. Which technique is your favorite?
The no-carve pumpkin roundups are always my favorite! I have been doing them every Halloween for the past four years! Each year I’m impressed and inspired by everyone’s creativity and talent at decorating gourds!
This roundup really went with my theme this year of gold, copper and white. Which one’s your favorite?
(from top left to right)
1. Gold stenciled – I love the black lacquer paint.
2. Copper striped – I have got to get my hands on that copper tape!
3. Tuxedo cat – need I say more?
4. Gold sequined polka dots – cheerful and lovely.
5. Stenciled doily – creates an elegant pattern in no time.
6. Fox pumpkin – those ears!
7. String art – dreamy Ursa Major
8. Sharpie paint pen – a fast and fun decorating project
9. Argyle painted – a refreshing step away from the chevron fad
10. Glitter spray paint – because glitter makes everything better.
There are only a few days left until Halloween. I haven’t had a lot of time to stop by a pumpkin patch, let alone carve a pumpkin, so this year, I might just pick up a sugar pumpkin at the grocery store (sigh). Luckily, there are some very cute no-carve ideas out there and some of these look like they only take a few minutes to make. Here are my top five (all with tutorials!).
1. Button Pumpkins from Mom4Real
2. Donut Pumpkins from Studio DIY
3. Neon Ombre Pumpkins from Funky Time
4. Push Pin Pumpkins from A Subtle Revelry
5. Melted Crayon Pumpkins from The Swedish Records
What do you think? Aren’t they all so beautiful? Which one would you choose?
In case you’re in a crunch, here’s another no-carve cutie. Halloween is less than a week away, but no worries, I still haven’t carved mine yet. Yikes. Admittedly, I’m behind this holiday season. I have some yummy treats to post (but first bake), and my costume pattern is still pinned to the fabric. Here’s hoping for some free time this week.
I went to a pumpkin patch yesterday, which means it’s officially fall. Perhaps a little too ecstatically, I dragged my boyfriend through rows of pumpkins until I found the right one. I’ve debated on whether or not I should carve it, since carving is messy and it might rot soon. While I decide, here are some lovely ideas for pumpkins if you don’t want to deal with the carving mess. Now that I’m a grown up, it’s time to have grown up seasonal decorations.
1. This one is covered in fashionable tissue paper. Tutorial via The Haute Mama Fashionista
2. Batty Painted Pumpkins via Parents.com
3. Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven Pumpkin via Mrs. B
3. Martha makes magic again with her Toadstool Gourd and Pumpkin display. There’s also a tutorial.
4. These plaid pumpkins are adorable over at Better Homes and Gardens.
Also, here are some carved ones that look like they require a lot of work. But I couldn’t leave without showing you these cuties
Porcupines! Aren’t they perfect? There’s even a tutorial, but this one seems like you have to be a pumpkin carving pro to create these.