Binky Babies: For these sweet, sleepy babes, start with small round pumpkins. For each, cut the nipple from a pacifier and attach the base to the pumpkin with pins, pressing them through any holes in the pacifier. Add eyes with black marker. Top with a baby's cap or, if there's a long curly stem, tie on a ribbon bow.
Add color and texture to your pumpkins with graphic stripes. First, paint the entire pumpkin black. When dry, create a design by scraping off the black paint to reveal the orange pumpkin rind beneath. To use the painted pumpkin as a vase, carve out a narrow hole in the center to fit an existing vase. Insert vase into the hole, then add flowers.
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These vases do require a knife, but the celestial designs come courtesy of a spoon — not torturous slicing and dicing. Cut off the top of the pumpkin, and remove the innards. Spray-paint the rind a matte black and let dry. Use a spoon handle to scratch away paint to create stars, moons, and spirals. Add water and blooms.