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11 Fun Pumpkin Ideas

Turn a plain pumpkin into a masterpiece with these easy-to-create critters and creative carving designs.

By the Family Circle home editors

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Pumpkins decorated with leaves
Alexandra Grablewski
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Fall leaves and pumpkins go together naturally—try a simple band in a contrasting color.

Here's how: Flatten leaves and allow them to dry. To press, place them between two sheets of paper and lay in the pages of a large book. Stack heavy books on top. Let sit for at least 24 hours. It's also possible to dry leaves in a microwave oven by heating them at a medium setting for 30 seconds. With a small paintbrush dab all-purpose craft glue onto the back of each leaf. Apply leaves to a pumpkin in desired design.

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