Pumpkins are the unofficial symbol of the month of October, so it’s only natural to find more and more creative ways to use them! Ranging from carving, crafting, cooking, and more unique uses, these pumpkin-y ideas will have you saying ‘Oh my Gourd!’ all season long.
A Pampering Face Scrub
Are you aware of all the great things pumpkin can do for your skin? Filled with beta-carotene, antioxidants, and vitamins C and A, pumpkin puree in combination with natural ingredients like cinnamon, coconut milk, etc. can create a perfect exfoliate for your skin! That pumpkin element can help with fine lines and hydration. Not only is the concoction going to help fight dry fall skin, it’s going to smell amazing, too. You can add a drop or two of just about any scent you prefer – lavender can help you sleep. Full recipe details can be found here!
A Pumpkin… Birdfeeder?
Bird feeders can be pretty costly, but this super easy and fun idea can save you money and help make memories this season! All you need to do is cut the pumpkin in half, toss the innards, and hang it with string or twine. You can add twigs or something sturdy to reconnect the top and bottom portion for something more aesthetically interesting. Get the birds and the bees in the Halloween spirit with the unique idea!
Make your Own Pumpkin Spiced Latte
Skip the lines at Starbucks and create your own pumpkin spice latte! A little bit of fall spices goes a long way, and you probably already have most of these ingredients in your pantry. Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg will not only combine (along with pumpkin puree) to create the best homemade pumpkin spice syrup, but your kitchen will also smell the best days of autumn while you’re doing it! Recipe courtesy of The Messy Baker.
Go for the classic, fun option: carve out your favorite ideas! Indulge in the messy task of cutting out the stem and scooping all of the pumpkin guts out! Get a more creative edge by skipping the carving kits this year – print out your own templates of your favorite things including band logos, movie pop culture icons, or go for something more realistic like this pumpkin (left)! You can insert mice or spiders in the holes for a realistic look that gets even more creepy once it starts getting dark!
Or Not to Carve?
Carving isn’t for everyone – some people think outside of the pumpkin when it comes to decorating them! Here you can draw inspiration from your favorite movie characters, patterns and color schemes, or even animals and foods. The options are limitless with the right painting tools, so let your imagination run wild!
If you went ahead and chose to carve pumpkins this year, don’t throw away the seeds! You can create an amazing granola mix using the pumpkin seeds, oats, nuts, and cranberries. Take those seeds and toss them in a little bit of butter and salt before roasting them in the oven for a snack jam-packed with healthy nutrients that often get ignored in our diets like magnesium, copper, protein, and zinc.
How do you and your family use pumpkins in the fall? We hope we gave you some great ideas that you’re willing to try out, and wish you all the fun in the world as you explore these unique pumpkin recipes and ideas!