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When it comes to Halloween pumpkins, I think many of you out there will agree with me when I say that faux can be fabulous. Oh, I know, there are always pumpkin purists who like the squishy sensation of pumpkin innards oozing through their fingertips (You know who you are!) or prefer the look of a real pumpkin or choose real so they can roast the seeds — tasty recipe here, btw — but my personal choice is faux.

Why, you ask? Because, quite honestly, I am a project-aholic. At any given time, I have too many projects started and not enough time to finish them all, so when I buckle down and take the time to bling out a pumpkin, I want my hard work to be displayable for many years to come.

If you’re like me, our Halloween feature  is hooking you up with lots of creative ideas for faux pumpkins. Here are 5 of my faves:

For a sophisticated look, add a trendy silhouette:  Trendy Silhouette Pumpkin

Coordinate your Halloween decorations to your decor by using scraps of leftover fabric for these decoupage pumpkins:Fabric-Covered Pumpkins

Get ready for trick-or-treaters with this fun candy dish:Pumpkin Candy Dish

Add nail head trim, ribbon or sequins to create glitzy spider webs: Upholstery Trim Embellished Pumpkins

Stack faux pumpkins in different sizes and colors to create this fun jack-o’-totem:Jack-O'-Totem

If I haven’t won you over and fresh is still your preference, we’ve got you covered! Check out Kayla’s post featuring 3 cute crafts to try with real pumpkins and tell us in the comments below: fresh or faux, which pumpkin do you pick?

8 Responses

  1. Kayla@HGTV says:

    I'm with you, Camille! If I'm doing something small and simple, I don't mind going with real pumpkins. But if I'm getting into bedazzling, painting and glittering, it better last forever!

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  3. Andrea says:

    I fully agree…faux all the way!

  4. JKC says:

    Love the idea of using nail head trim on faux pumpkins. Very creative.

  5. Pat C. says:

    Halloween decorating is my favorite thing.

  6. Kelly says:

    The silhouette is very classy.

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H. Camille SmithCamille is a managing editor for HGTV.com, fine artist and antique furniture devotee. As a former interior designer and Nickelodeon animator, she has a real passion for balanced, beautiful interiors...

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