Last week I posted a great round up of ideas for grown up pumpkin decoration. This weekend I had a go at a few of my own decorated pumpkins. Firstly I attempted to make something similar to the lace patterned pumpkins I loved (above)! So much intricate carving requires a great deal of patience which believe it or not I do have, however finding the time to create this tiny pattern on a weekend with a little 3 year old wanting to play all the time is not as easy. Hence only the top section being complete. I still think it looks fab like this, the light shines out of every tiny hole and looks gorgeous. I created this look by hunting through my drawers for any type of tool that I thought could perforate the pumpkin skin and create a different shape. I had kebab skewers, lino cutters and my trusty stanley knife. I hollowed the pumpkin out from the bottom and put a candle inside so the pumpkin looked like it remained intact.

I then went on to play with glitter! This was great as I could set Littlelish playing with the glitter too and all mums know glitter keep kids amused for.ever. It was messy but only took a minute to clean up as this clever mummy did it all on a black bin liner. I drew around a candle on the top of the first pumpkin and hollowed out the circle shape (keeping just a fraction smaller than the actual candle so it fits snug) inserting the candle in from above. I then covered in modpodge with a brush and sprinkled liberally with glitter. Ta da! Super quick and very, very pretty don’t you think? I love this one.

I then hollowed out another space for the candle (as above) in a slightly bigger pumpkin and used a paint brush to draw modpodge lines in the natural creases of the pumpkin and then cover with glitter, blowing/wiping off the excess when dry. I just love the look of these together… they create a lovely, warm, sparkly feature.


Still rolling with the modpodge and glitter I decided to have a go at writing with the brush and glue. The ‘trick’ is to not use too much glue or it will start to drip. Once again sprinkle with glitter and allow to dry, finally shaking off all the excess glitter when done.

So what do you think of my own take on grown up, glittery pumpkin decorations? Super easy, super quick, perhaps an hours worth of work for all 4 pumpkins – not bad going hey?


Today Daddylish arrived home with 10(!) gorgeous pumpkins that were left over at his work (he works with veggies!). Naturally Littlelish and I will be using a few to make Halloween pumpkin faces but we have such an assortment of sizes that I’ve been looking for inspiration for gorgeous grown up pumpkin decoration and I’ve found some beauties to share with you all…

Pretty painted pumpkins by Alisa Burke


Gold drawing pin covered pumpkins by Madigan

Fabric paint decorated pumpkins by A beautiful mess

Painted quote pumpkins by Proper Measure

Ribbon wrapped pumpkins by Good HouseKeeping

Lace pattered pumpkins by Martha Stewart

Lots of great inspiration for pumpkin decorating. Keep you posted on the progress!!

I have loved creating moodboards ever since I was a child, sticking and cutting in her first scrapbook. Fast forward 20 years to when I was studying styling and you can imagine I was in sheer heaven, moodboard heaven! For 3 years I spent every evening knee deep in the most gorgeous fashion, interior and trend magazines (some which cost a pretty penny too!) Brimming with the most inspiring photography and design I was forever saving special images for the day I could use them (and when that day rolls around it is soooo satisfying, believe me).

But what are moodboards? A moodboard is a collection of inspiring images that portray a certain feeling or atmosphere to the viewer.

Why use a moodboard? Moodboards are really handy things. They are fun to make but also serve a great purpose in all manner of creative projects.

For work I use them in various ways. When I am working on a brand identity they help visualise the message we are trying to get across. A brand is all about how the core message you are trying to portray is translated into the images and text you use for your company. A moodboard can visualise this message and assist in the process. I also use them when creating a styling concept, this could be for an event, an interior or to demonstrate a trend.

At home I use mood boards when I want to create  a new look for my interior. For example when I started thinking about Littlelish’s nursery the first thing I did was turn to my magazines to make an inspirational moodboard.

Moodboards help to cement your ideas, they are reference point when choosing for example fabrics or colours for a room or designing a logo for a company. They are also inspirational, when you start out on a creative journey you might think you have a firm idea of what you want in mind but by creating a moodboard you actually go through a creative process. You are inspired by images you might not have thought of using and arrive new and original ideas, creating something far more interesting than what you had originally planned.

How to make a beautiful moodboard

  • Start with thinking about keywords around what you are creating, narrow it down to 5 and choose carefully making sure none of them overlap or are different words for the same idea. (ie key words for my blog are stylish, fun, heart warming and happy)
  • Look for images that evoke the feeling of these words in you, they can be literal or not but be selective! The images can be interior, fashion, lifestyle or just beautiful photography. If you are looking at a brand you can also think about the type of person who would be buying ie. your target market and find a good image to represent them.
  • Now you need to spread all these images out all over the floor or a large desk if you have one. Mine is always the floor as my desk is never large enough! Weed out any you don’t think are right and try and make a cohesive collection, look for instance at colour/shape/graphic themes – find the linking thread/s.
  • Less is in this case also very often more. Choose larger images. A few stronger,  big images will always look better than a collection of small fiddly images.

    Sometimes as little as 2 images will work as a perfect moodboard
  • Check back over your original words, are your images saying what you want them to say?
  • Once you have chosen your final images you need to place them together – this can be a bit of a puzzle. Play around with it until you get something you are happy with. Sometimes you will have to add one of the images you put aside or take out an image to get it right. If you have any smaller images you can cut around the detail (sometimes it looks cool to have a graphicy cut out border) and place it over the base images but do this carefully otherwise it won’t look good. Sometimes I do this to cover places where more photos join if it adds anything. If an image does not add anything or is similar to another image weed it out, you don’t need it!

    Images cut out with a ‘graphic’ white border
  • Once you are happy with your final moodboard it is time to stick it down. I normally use foam board to stick it onto as this is very durable and thick and if you can, use spray mount to stick it down as glue often shows through and doesn’t stick it well enough. If you are using a really strong permanent spray mount make sure you get it in the right place first time or you will not be able to get it back up again! Watch out as this is really sticky stuff and seems to fly everywhere, it is ideal if you can spray inside a cardboard box or something to contain the glue.

And there you have your finished moodboard to gaze at and inspire you. Keep referring to it along your creative process and be reminded of what you are trying to achieve.

Do you create moodboards? Have any top tips to share? Let me know by leaving me a comment….

Watch this space for a tutorial on how to create the perfect colour chart to match your board.


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