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Pretty Up Your Porch With DIY Pumpkins
A creative DIY twist on traditional Halloween décor.
Written by Jickie Torres
Photography by Mark Mendez
Styling by Jickie Torres and Gayle Ray
  • What’s black and white and spooky all over?

    Answer: this fashion-forward take on Halloween porch décor. Welcome guests with a spooky-chic approach to fall festivities using unexpected elements combined with on-trend patterns and vibrant colors.

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  • Moving on Up.

    Draw the eye up to your door with a boost of curb appeal by lining your porch steps with a variety of pumpkins. Don’t forget to soften the look by tucking hay, leaves and other fall foliage into the nooks and crannies.

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  • Layer It Up!  

    Don’t be afraid to accessorize your porch with an indoor eye towards ele- gance and texture. We added a graphic tribal-style runner to add an eye-catching pop of pattern, and then layered a festive family of pumpkins all along the porch steps for a look that’s inviting and rich.

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  • Paint It Pretty.  

    Our other favorite way to decorate pumpkins involves two easy ingredients: paint and painter’s tape. Just mask off a pattern of your choice around your pumpkin, paint a few layers and then carefully peel off the tape to reveal your crisp design. 

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  • Runaway-Ready Pumpkins.  

    How’s this for a no-carve approach to jack o’ lanterns? Simply stretch patterned tights or dress socks from the bottom of a pumpkin over the top and snip to fit; then swirl the excess on top to mimic a stem. The lively patterns look like a fancy stencil job without all the work. 

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  • Something to Crow About.  

    Need more room for creative display? Make it! A small side table is topped with a cutwork tablecloth to enhance the farmhouse architecture of the cottage. It’s the perfect spot for extra pumpkins and a feathered friend who’ll watch over the Halloween candy on the big night. 

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