There's a lot more you can do with a pumpkin than carve a Jack-o'-lantern. Using the same tools you typically put to work carving toothy grins, you can magically transform gourds into flower vases, wreaths, candle holders, even a keg. If only we could keep these out all year long.
As a Vase: Place a drinking glass in a hollowed-out and painted pumpkin to turn it into a flower vase. Chatelaine elevated theirs on cake stands to up the drama, while Crazy Wonderful displays theirs on the fireplace mantel (first image).
As a Hanging Planter: Style Me Pretty used an X-acto knife and some twine to turn faux pumpkins into hanging planters. We've giving this project high marks for its excellent use of vertical space.
As a Diorama: Use your pumpkin as the frame for a spooky forest scene, complete with moss and a howling wolf. Go to Country Living to download the printable carving template.
As a Candle Holder: You don't need pro pumpkin-carving skills to craft these candle holders. Real Simple recommends using an apple corer to make a gouge wide enough for a taper candle.
As a Wreath: A grouping of mini pumpkins and knobby gourds delivers tons of color and texture. Go to BHG to learn how to attach each fruit to a wreath form.
As a drink cooler: This is exactly what last year's Halloween party was missing: a giant pumpkin filled with ice and beer. Get the how-to on Southern Living.
As a Succulent Planter: For a softer take on fall decor, Brittni from Paper & Stitch paired white and gray pumpkins with darling little succulents.
As a Keg: A combination of two favorite fall things—beer and pumpkins—makes this a must-do autumn project. No Spoon Necessary has the step-by-step instructions.