Inspired by Stu Mills of CBC Ottawa Radio One, who has vowed to air a pumpkin story daily until Halloween, I’ve decided to write and post my own little segment of the Twelve Days of Pumpkin. This is my tenth piece… The Third Day of Pumpkin –Pumpkin Décor.
My quest to write pumpkin daily has strayed as far away from a cookbook as a teenager from laundry basket. Despite how much I love to cook, there are far too many pumpkin recipes for a small Twelve Days of Pumpkin series. I can say, however, that I am probably the worst interior decorator known to home décor-respecting women. There is an antimartha, and dustbunny be thy name. I have a “I should do something about that” attitude about my priceless porcelain vase which holds court with a vase decorated by one of my kids for a school Mother’s Day craft. Or my kitchen table lazy Susan adorned with beautiful candle votive holder next to a bottle of ketchup. And what to do about my front foyer is adorned with a lovely print of the Toronto harbour at the turn of the century, next to my kids ski school pictures. My je ne sais quoi style is truly je ne sais doodlé.
However, that is all about to change. This sad reputation I carry will soon be cast off now that I know all the incredible creations I can make using pumpkins! Leaving the art of pumpkin carving itself and store-bought Halloween decorations aside briefly, I have totally turned the corner now and my home will soon be Living-magazine-perfect in all its pumpkin glory.
Floating Pumpkin Candle Holders:
Collect a few miniature pumpkins at your local market; trace the outline of a tea light candle on top; scoop out just enough of the pumpkin such that the tea light candle can sit nicely inside (and can I tell you I found lovely pumpkin-scented tea lights at Bed, Bath and Beyond?); fill a decorative bowl with water and voila… a truly lovely seasonal centrepiece!
Well, I admit I do have to credit my friend Martha for this one: lovely carved out pumpkin filled with birdseed; strategically hung where only the birds can admire and enjoy its contents and not the many squirrels and mangy crows .
Pumpkin Air Freshener
Clean the insides of a small or medium pumpkin; cut holes in the sides using an apple corer; rub your favourite spice (cloves, nutmeg, anise, etc) on the inside; use a beeswax candle and, what a mmmmmmmagnificent aroma!
Pumpkin Beverage Cooler:
Bowl of Pumpkins:
Attach a variety of patterned ribbon to double stick tape and wrap around miniature pumpkins. Imagine what I can now do with all those rolls and rolls of hockey tape we have lying around.
Transform a plain plastic form wreath into a lovely Fall door ornament by attaching miniature pumpkins to the wreath using florist wire and filling in the gaps with sheet moss. If you live in a warmer climate, the pumpkins probably won’t last as long and may start to decay 😦
I implore you to give these a try. If you do plan on giving these a try, I also implore you to seek out your own and probably better instructions (because heaven knows if any of this will actually work – given my reputation!)!
What’s the neatest home décor piece you’ve ever made using a pumpkin?