I don’t know about you but I just love Halloween. I love the crisp weather and spooky tremble in the air throughout October. I love the tingling alertness I feel as I walk home in the evenings, like anything could happen.
Most of all I love the magic of it all, the harmless ghosts and goblins that peer out of the windows of family homes, plump homely looking pumpkins that sprout up on doorsteps and the profusion of hovering stars, wands and bats that will only ever be glimpsed in this season.
The one thing that I really dislike however is the pickle I get myself in with pumpkins every year. For me it just seems like a lot of mess and hassle for in my instance not such a great result. I like the idea of a display of Autumnal legumes a la Martha Stewart, but what I really get is a sorry looking pumpkin or two that really makes no impact and smells funny after a few days…
So I’m really into the idea I’ve seen around on craft blogs termed – ‘Non-Carve Pumpkins’ – which are decorative pumpkins in a variety of sweet and on-trend Polka Dots and Chevron patterns. Made by spending an effortless and tidy afternoon painting or stickering in your favourite pattern for maximum effect. There are two simple ways to achieve the effect:
 Simply decorate your pumpkin using black, white or gold dot stickers to create a smart and neat Polka Dot pattern.
 A slightly more messy but satisfying DIY – cover sections of your pumpkins with masking tape or stickers in your chosen design and using black or white poster paint simply paint over the entire pumpkins. When dry, peel off to reveal your magically stenciled pumpkin.
Of course you can apply any kind of pattern or design – as long as you have something to draw or stick and some imagination. Simple!
All images courtesy of Pinterest
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org