Never Carve Again! 3 Chic Pumpkins You Can Style in 15 Minutes or Less

If you’ve read my book, Freakin’ Fabulous on a Budget, you know that I believe you don’t have to spend a lot of money to be super-chic. And when it comes to crafting, some of the most ordinary materials can yield amazing results! That’s why I love these pumpkin crafts: They take less than 15 minutes to make (excluding paint drying time), and they’re made from totally unexpected materials like monograms made out of old denim, fringe made from ball chain for blinds and a geometric belt of brass paper fasteners (tacks work, too).

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Ball Chain Topped Pumpkins

  • You will need
  • pumpkin
  • about 2’ ball chain in 2 sizes
  • wire clippers
  • hot glue
  • gold & green craft paint
  • Method
  • 1. Paint pumpkin green and stem gold. Let dry.
  • 2. Cut ball chain to various lengths of ball chain using wire clippers.
  • 3. Hot glue chain around base of the stem of the pumpkin. Trim again as necessary

Brass Paper Fastener Band Pumpkins

  • You will need
  • pumpkin

  • brass paper fasteners
  • gold & blue craft paint

  • pencil
  • Method
  • 1. Paint pumpkin and stem in desired color. Let dry.
  • 2. Using pencil draw design lightly onto pumpkin.

  • 3. Following the pencil lines, press brass paper fasteners into pumpkin.

Denim Monogram Pumpkins

  • You will need
  • pumpkin
  • grey chalk paint
  • gold craft paint
  • old denim jeans or shorts
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun & glue
  • Method
  • 1. Paint pumpkin and stem in desired color. Let dry.
  • 2. Draw and cut out letter from a piece of scrap denim, using a piece that incorporates seams and details for the best effect. If desired, run through wash/dry cycle for fringed effect (these ones are NOT fringed—it works better on bigger pumpkins!). Iron and trim any excess threads.
  • 3. Glue denim letter onto pumpkin using hot glue.
Never Carve Again!

#fbf to 1994 (ish) with my buds, @richardwiese and @wendirogerstv Bought that sport coat on sale for about 20 bucks because that’s all I had in the bank. Was 10% wool and 90% “other.” Got caught in the rain with it and smelled like wet dog ass all night.

Nine years ago, I made a vow to live my life based on three guiding principles: Love, Awe and Gratitude. Today, instead of feeling sad, angry or anxious about The Chew’s cancellation, I will look through the lens of Gratitude and thank: My cohosts, @chefsymon and @carlaphall, for being two of the greatest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. The crew and staff of The Chew for being so dedicated, hardworking and collaborative. Our viewers for allowing us into your homes each day to share a laugh and a recipe — and a cocktail. It’s been a fun run and I am so freakin’ lucky to have been a part of it. Much love, CK ❤️

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