Preserving your pumpkins

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Your home deserves pumpkins this Fall. It NEEDS pumpkins! But how can you get them to last longer than just September and October? There’s a special secret to preserving pumpkins. By doing it, your pumpkins will last MONTHS, not just one or two either, we are talking 5 or 6 months! So what is this magical little secret to keeping beautiful pumpkins for longer? You’ll have to continue reading to find out, you didn’t really think I’d give away my best trick before making you read, did you?

Making your pumpkins last:

We all want our pumpkins to last as long as possible (that is if you’re not planning on smashing them). So what is a good effective way to actually do this? After some researching and experimenting I found a way to get the job done!

  1. Carve & Scoop out the pulp of your pumpkin.
  2. Dip it in a large container of 1 tsp bleach and 1 gallon water. (The bleach will kill bacteria and help the pumpkin stay fresh longer.)
  3. Once completely dry, (drain upside down), add 2 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to a quart of water.
  4. Brush this solution onto your pumpkin to keep it looking fresh.

So now that you have your pumpkins preserved, find a way to decorate with them.


9 ways to decorate with pumpkins that have been preserved:

When your latte is warm and your pumpkins ready, it is time to decorate. There’s many things you can do with your pumpkins to decorate and since they’re preserved they’ll be able to be long term decorations. You won’t have to worry about coming home to a rotting pumpkin in your dining room or a flat rotted pumpkin on your porch. (Yes, it happens.) So what do you do with the preserved pumpkins now that they’re going to last?

  • If they’re the mini pumpkins, place them in an over-sized vase with something else like acorns, leaves or something to do with Fall.
  • Scatter them on your dining table and set them in a bed of fake foliage. It will give your table a Fall centerpiece that will become an inspiration to everyone who walks through your home.
  • If they’re the normal sized pumpkins then carve them and place them on the steps leading to your porch or place them by the front door.
  • You can also coat the top half of a pumpkin with a mod-podge and water mixture then dip it in a large bowl of glitter. This will give your pumpkin a girly effect.
  • Want something even more feminine? Why not paint your pumpkin a color that will match the color scheme of your home, let it dry, then paint your initial on the pumpkin and cover it in glitter. This is nice for the entrance to your home.
  • If you’re good with a drill then drill holes in the pumpkins in the shape of something you like and place a candle inside and watch the light shine through the holes and create your favorite character.
  • If your welcome mat isn’t enough, then paint a welcome pumpkin. You can find templates online to follow along with and you’ll have a unique welcome to your home.
  • Plant flowers inside your pumpkin!  I’m not saying to place them directly into the pumpkin because of the bleach we preserved them in but place a place pot down in the hollowed out pumpkin then plant your flowers.
  • Cut out a hole in the front of the pumpkin and create a diorama. You can create a spooky graveyard scene, haunted house or whatever kind of scene you’d like.


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Don’t want to have to go to the store? Now you don’t have to! Now, you can have everything you’ll need delivered straight to your front door. Just click on the items below to begin your pumpkin carving fun! Here’s some carving tools, stencils and even some flameless tea lights to get you started.




Here’s a video with ideas for decorating your pumpkins in a few interesting ways.  How do you decorate your pumpkins? Do you have any other ideas about preserving your pumpkins or jumping right in and carve it? Let me know in the comments below! 


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