Decorating for Fall: Pumpkins & Cloves

Mark and I seem to have increasingly busy schedules this fall and even though I’ve wanted to carve up a cute pumpkin for some festive decor, we just haven’t had the time.  While visiting my brother and soon-to-be-sister-in-law a few weekends ago, I noticed their adorable fall decor.  Madeline had decorated a pumpkin with little dots of puffy paint to spell out the word “fall”. It was a simple yet cute decoration that really caught my eye.

Along those lines, I was thinking about ways to easily decorate a pumpkin that wouldn’t take a lot of time and wouldn’t make a royal mess. When you were a kid, did you ever decorate oranges with cloves around Christmas time? It’s easy to do and smells amazing.  I decided to try Madeline’s idea but use cloves instead of puffy paint.

First I took a damp cloth and wiped down the pumpkin to get off any extra dirt.

Autumn Decor Pumpkin  Cloves

Then I used a pencil point to outline a cursive “P” (for our last name) to use as a guide.  I found it difficult to push the cloves in at first without breaking them.  I looked around the house and found that a Phillips screwdriver point makes the perfect indentation to insert the cloves.

Autumn Decor Inserting Cloves Into Pumpkin

I continued and made indentations following the lines that I drew earlier until I finished making the “P”.

Autumn Decor Pumpkin Clove Mantel

And voila! An easy pumpkin decoration that is easy, clean, and has an added bonus of smelling great.

4 Comments on Decorating for Fall: Pumpkins & Cloves

  1. Madeline Kissane
    October 21, 2014 at 10:40 am (3 years ago)

    That is such a great way to decorate a pumpkin! I may need to try this idea. Not only is it a simple, yet sophisticated look, but it must smell so good! LOVE IT!

    • Beth
      October 21, 2014 at 10:42 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks! And thanks for the inspiration Madeline :)

  2. SBR
    November 3, 2014 at 11:05 pm (3 years ago)

    Whoa whoa whoa

    • Beth
      November 4, 2014 at 7:51 am (3 years ago)

      Haha – thanks SBR 😉


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