Let face it. Some of us — perhaps those without wee ones running around influencing our every holiday decorating move — just aren't into traditional jack-o'-lantern pumpkin carving. I'm even having a hard time embracing orange these days, what with all the chic white and robins egg blue pumpkins gracing the blogosphere. If you are ready to step up the wow factor, try your hand at one of these glam pumpkin decorating ideas.
1. Above, how gorgeous and eerie is this tableau of intricately carved pumpkins? These etched silhouettes are probably not for the DIY-shy —they use two different techniques with complex designs — but if you've got time on your hands paired with carving expertise, give it a go! Via Martha Stewart.
2. If you have a lot of time on your hands, or perhaps a lot of stolen office supplies, why not go for the gold with a gilded thumbtack pumpkin similar to this one by Shannon at Madigan Made.
3. If you'd like to try your hand at an actual gilded pumpkin, JaderBomb has a tutorial using gilding adhesive and papers.
4. This pumpkin goes spooky-glam with a spiderweb pattern using rhinestones and sequins. The silver metallic spider rounds off the theme. From Better Homes and Gardens.
5. These pumpkins from Midwest Living look like they were painted by a professional artist! Nope, they're actually created using tissue paper printed with downloadable patterns.
6. I love this idea from Sunset, to turn your pumpkin into a planter for succulents. It could have more of a wow-factor if you used a blue or white pumpkin or perhaps painted a traditional orange pumpkin gold.
7. Leave it to Ms. Martha to come up with illuminated sconces reminiscent of a Tiffany-style lamp. But before you shake your head at the difficulty involved, take a look at the tutorial. Surprisingly, it's simpler than it might appear at first glance, thanks to the use of not one, but two pumpkins. From Martha Stewart.
8. This is a great idea for those throwing a halloween party. Similar to the potted container shown above, this pumpkin is turned into a vase for fresh flowers adorned with a printable "welcome" message. You could use moody purple and black flowers for a spooky vibe. From Better Homes and Gardens.
9. Another over-the-top Martha Stewart idea, this time around these carved pumpkin luminaries are designed to resemble the lace-like openwork of 18th-century pierced creamware dishes. I'm not going claim that this project looks easy, however.
10. Since we started with carved pumpkins, lets round off this post with more cleverly creative carved pumpkins, this time for the coastal dweller. Coastal Living has these gorgeous templates for you to use to carve a nautical-style pumpkin. Perfect for your doorstep, dock or liveaboard!