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    Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins!

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    Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins!

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    White gourds become miniature sculptures when displayed on tiny pedestals cut from old table legs and balusters.

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    These simple, elegant pumpkins are extremely easy to make. Tape a stencil on a washed pumpkin, and gently paint the exposed area. Layer the stencil in different colors to get the looks shown here.

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    Start with a clean, dry pumpkin. Lightly sand the surface and apply paint sealer to prevent flaking. Create a design with acrylic paint, then finish with a top-coat sealer.

    Pretty Pumpkins for Fall

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    Use old pitchforks, rake heads, and an antique apple picker as wall sconces in a unique fall display.

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    Flag your guests down for dinner with personalized place cards made from business-card-size paper pinned on a mini-pumpkin.

    Pretty Pumpkins for Fall

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    An elegant centerpiece is as simple as gathering a few mini pumpkins on a tray. Place them on candle holders in place of candles, or carve out the center of the pumpkin and place the candle inside. Try spray painting the pumpkins first to pull the whole display together.

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    A pyramid of fall fruits and miniature squash plated on a birch-log pedestal is a simple but beautiful centerpiece.

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    White pumpkins are becoming more popular and add an air of elegance to indoor or outdoor decor. Leave them as is, or decorate with paint or gilding for a more formal look.

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    Scraping out the inside of the pumpkin to a thinner depth will make it easier to carve intricate designs like these. Use wood-carving tools to carve the desired designs into the pumpkin skin.

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    Create a stand-out centerpiece by using an out-of-the-ordinary pumpkin as your focal point. Here, a greenish gray pumpkin was et atop a cake plate and accented with two smaller pumpkins. The look is completed with a branch of bittersweet, twisted around the pumpkins and left to cascade across the table.

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    Take a gourd to the next level with a skin-deep cut in the shape of a leaf. Simply trace a sugar maple leaf with a permanent pen. Cut lightly around the outline with a knife, being sure not to cut all the way through the gourd. A simple scraping tool will help you trim out the shape.

    Gorgeous Gourds and Pumpkins for Fall Decorating

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    Spray-paint a mix of small gourds shimmery gold, and stack them on a glass cake plate to create an elegant display.

    Gorgeous Gourds and Pumpkins for Fall Decorating

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    Create a vase with a gourd that stands upright. Slice off the stem and use a long slender knife to widen the opening if necessary. Add a handful of bright mums.

    Gorgeous Gourds and Pumpkins for Fall Decorating

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    Create this beautiful floral display using yellow and orange mums. Cut the heads from the flowers and hot-glue them all over the pumpkins. Display on tabletops or in small footed urns.

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    Hook a swan gourd over a balcony rail to create a hanging vase. Cut a 1- to 2-inch hole near the neck of the gourd, remove a bit of the pith, and insert mums, black-eyed Susans, and a length of Virginia creeper.

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    White pumpkins look striking when perched on dark wood candlesticks. Arrange your display on a dining room table or fireplace mantel.

    Gorgeous Gourds and Pumpkins for Fall Decorating

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    Weathered terra-cotta pots give this simple display a boost. Set pumpkins in or atop them, and pair them with an explosion of rich burgundy dahlias accented with pumpkin leaves.

    Gorgeous Gourds and Pumpkins for Fall Decorating

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    Turn white gourds into miniature sculptures by displaying them on small pedestals cut from old table legs and balusters (available at salvage yards).

    Gorgeous Gourds and Pumpkins for Fall Decorating

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    Put an old wheelbarrow to use by filling it with an assortment of pumpkins, gourds, and squash. Use black acrylic paint or a permanent marker to decorate one of the pumpkins with a welcoming message.

    Gorgeous Gourds and Pumpkins for Fall Decorating

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    Craft a set of candleholders from gourds by simply cutting off the tops and hollowing out the centers. For an easy autumn display, arrange them in a metal tray filled with green hedge apples.

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    Fashion a family of friendly critters to nestle on a fence post or railing. Use small pumpkins and gourds for bodies and attach sunflower seeds, feathers, and nuts with hot glue to make facial features.

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    Stack squatty gourds among your favorite white china. Dishes with ridges complement the natural elements in the display. Mixing and matching is in and is a great way to use your collectibles.

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    Gather gourds in cylindrical vases to bring autumn to a tabletop or mantel. Use containers of different sizes to stack gourds in varying amounts. To give each display a vibrant touch, add a length of fresh pumpkin vine from the garden.

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