Blogger Challenge: 5 Creative Takes on Craft Pumpkins

Five of our bloggers faced off in a craft-pumpkin decorating competition. See the results and vote for your favorite. 

We kicked off the fall season with a little friendly competition. A few of our bloggers/crafters went head-to-head in a pumpkin decorating showdown. The only rules to the competition were that each blogger had to use craft pumpkins, decorative accents and a whole lot of imagination. Each blogger went in a different design direction, creating both fun and spooky craft pumpkins. We asked you to choose your favorite. The voting has ended, although you can still click on your favorite. Scroll down and take a look at each design and then click here to find out the winner.      

Emoji Pumpkin by Laura James, Assistant Editor

Photo by: Bruce Cole

Bruce Cole

Laura made a set of mood-changing emoji pumpkins. She used magnets to stick the eyes and mouths onto the craft pumpkins, this way she can switch out the features to create different faces, sort of like Mr. Potato Head. Make one for your front door or desk to let everyone know how you’re feeling. See how easy it is >>

Gumball Machine Pumpkin by Ryan Reed, Editor

Gumball Machine Pumpkin

Gumball Machine Pumpkin

Add a pop of color to your front porch this Halloween by recreating this gumball machine pumpkin.

Photo by: Bruce Cole

Bruce Cole

Ryan turned his craft pumpkin into a gumball machine. For a bright pop of sweet colors, he glued lots of gumballs to the gourd. The base of the gumball machine is an upside-down flowerpot and the top of the pumpkin is the flowerpot’s saucer. Take a look at the step-by-step instructions >>

Day of the Dead Decoupage by Hannah Slaughter, Designer

Photo by: Bruce Cole

Bruce Cole

Hannah chose a white craft pumpkin and gave it a spooky ephemeral look. She used a simple image transfer method so the only supplies she needed were black and white photocopies and decoupage glue. Get more details on the project >>

Thumbtack Pumpkins (The 5-Minute Pumpkin) by Farima Alavi and Laura James, Assistant Editors

Photo by: Bruce Cole

Bruce Cole

If you love quick crafts, this one’s for you. Laura did gold tacks on a teal pumpkin and Farima did silver tack on a white pumpkin. The best part of this project is you don’t have to be an artist to create a beautiful design – the overall pattern looks great even with imperfections. Find out how to make one for your home >>

Pumpkin Fairy Village by Jackie McGilvray, Editor

Photo by: Bruce Cole

Bruce Cole

Jackie put together this little village to sit on their front porch. She combined items found in the yard – sticks, sand, rocks and moss – with miniature items from the craft store. The fire pit that the fairies are sitting around is made from a walnut shell and feathers. The porch steps are broken floor tile that was left over from a recent remodeling project. Check out how it was put together >>

We’re so excited about these fun pumpkin projects! Boo it yourself™ and save on supplies at Michaels, including craft pumpkins in six colors and seven shapes and sizes. Find ideas and inspiration at and #MadeWithMichaels.

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