If there’s any one thing that really defines October, it has to be the pumpkin. From pumpkin patches, to pumpkin recipes, to pumpkin carving, this beloved gourd is definitely the “it girl” this season. While a classic carved pumpkin will never go out of style, I thought it would be fun to put our own LC.com twist on pumpkin decorating. So, my team and I gathered our supplies and spent an afternoon crafting ten creative pumpkins. My hands may still be covered in spray paint, but I think it was worth it.

Take a peek below to see all of our pumpkin decorating ideas…then let me know what you think in the comments below!

1. Solid Painted Pumpkins
I love the way these pink, white and gold pumpkins turned out. To create them, we painted the pumpkins with acrylic paint using a paintbrush (about three coats…we used a hair dryer to speed-dry in between) then topped off the stems with gold paint for a fun twist. They took a couple of hours to dry completely—word to the wise!

2. Fishnet Pumpkins
How cute are these fishnet pumpkins? They were probably the simplest pumpkins we created all day. Just place your stockings over the pumpkin, letting the stems poke through at the top, then tie a knot at the bottom and snip off the extra fabric. We finished it off by painting the stems black.

3. Pom Pom Pumpkin
At this point of our crafting game, I decided it was actually easier to spray paint the pumpkins instead of using paint and a paintbrush. To create these cute pom pom pumpkins I used white spray paint to cover the pumpkin all over, then used a hot glue gun to glue the pom poms on. It would also be cute to stick to one color family—like all pinks or all greens.

4. Painted Flower Pumpkin
I think this flower pumpkin might have my favorite from our decorating day. To create them, I chose a naturally light pumpkin then used a small paintbrush to paint the flowers by hand. Start from the outside-in with your layers of color, and add the leaves at the end. I kept the stem natural for a slightly shabby chic affect.

5. Mummy Pumpkin
This little mummy cracks me up. He was very easy to create—just grab a roll of gauze and start wrapping (but be sure to leave room for his eyes). We chose googly eyes with a sticky backing, which made it easy to just place them directly on the pumpkin. This would be a great option for households with lots of trick-or-treaters!

6. Gilded Pumpkins
Who doesn’t love gold home accents? To create these gilded pumpkins, just pick up a can of metallic gold spray paint and go to town. Make sure you set up a safe spray zone outside (or place plenty of newspaper on the floor) to prevent a golden mess.

7. Glitter Pumpkins
Attention glitter gals, this one’s for you. To create these festive, sparkly pumpkins, we painted them by hand—with the paintbrush not spray paint. Then while the paint was still wet, I placed them in cardboard box and went to town pouring loose, fine glitter all over the paint (which acts as an adhesive). These are the ultimate girly gourds.

8. Decoupage Pumpkin
To create this cute layered look, we spray-painted the pumpkin white. Then we cut out leaves from autumn colored tissue paper and applied a heavy coat of Mod Podge to the area where we placed our leaves. Next, we applied the leaves onto the glue and followed up with another coat of Mod Podge on top.

9. Bejeweled Pumpkin
Here’s another one for the girly girls. I love the way this bejeweled pumpkin turned out. I started by spray-painting it all white (stem included) then used a hot glue gun to glue on different sized rhinestones. Concentrate at the top and apply fewer gems as you work your way down the pumpkin for a waterfall affect.

10. Stencil Pumpkins
Last—but definitely not least—were these cute stencil pumpkins. Spray paint your pumpkins, let them dry, then use a stencil and a small paint brush to write whatever phrase your heart desires. Boo!

Which one of these pumpkins is your favorite?

I’d love to know below.

XO Lauren


Photos: yoni goldberg for laurenconrad.com