Welcome trick-or-treaters this Halloween with our spooky and kooky pumpkin-carving ideas.
For a jack-o'-lantern unlike any other on the block, try our mix-and-match templates to carve goofy gourds and amusing mugs.
How to Make the Funny-Face Pumpkins
Chris Soria and Marc Evan of Maniac Pumpkins treat pumpkins as blank canvases for intricate portraits, fantastical monsters, and tongue-in-cheek replicas of famous art. The carving masters recommend using linoleum cutters for etching, as in the haunted house pumpkin pictured here.
Group an assortment of Drac-o'-lanterns on your mantel or front porch to create a fang-tastic pumpkin patch scene. Tip: Use simple pushpins for devilish red eyes.
How to Make the Fanged Pumpkins
They're alive! Create your own wickedly cute, googly-eyed monsters with just a few inexpensive items.
How to Make the Zombie Pumpkins
Stack carved pumpkins in graduated sizes to make a
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It's hard enough designing a kiddo room for one, but try designing for two! Though it may not be the ideal situation, kids often have to share rooms due to lack of space. Trying to please multiple kiddos and their different interests and personalities with one room's decor can be quite the challenge. But after looking at these amazing shared kids rooms you'll see that it is definitely possible. They will blow your interior design mind! - By Melanie Blodgett
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Aries (March 21 - April 19)
With so much to do today, you'll need to prioritize your to-do list. Make sure you tackle the things you have to do, like defrosting dinner or buying extra towels for guests, before you tackle the fun tasks, like finishing up your sock monkey.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
If you don't find a way to relax pretty soon, some tension may come through in your meal. Though you may be feeling stressed, be careful not to rub the pork loin the wrong way. You may wind up with tough meat and soupy gravy.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Your good mood will be greatly noted as you walk around the house humming tunes. You may be in such a great mood, in fact, that you will be willing to give
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This is a near-universal problem. Even McMansion dwellers can use this advice: People like a little guidance when they walk in a room. Tell them where to look! Focus on something. Paint, new throw pillows, a blanket or a rug-all create insta-focus if they are in a great color you love. In small and large rooms all over the country, people with not enough time tell themselves they'll decorate later, and leave everything beige. If you buy some gorgeous pillows (johnrobshaw.com is colorful-pillow heaven) for your sofa, you can still decorate later, but you'll be happier in the meantime.
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Or windows and doors: If you have a decent view-even just a bit of sky-paint your window frames black, and the view will seem 1,000 times larger. If not, get beautiful curtains (
Forget the life-size light-up mummies and ceiling-suspended spiders. This fall, stick to a natural, season-spanning look that's more crafty than creepy, and you'll be done with decorating until after Thanksgiving.
Door with handmade fall wreath
1. Leaf It There Snipped from patterned plaids and fuzzy felt, this wreath's faux foliage will look fresh forever. Trace a leaf onto heavy card stock and use as a pattern to cut fabric. (For flannel and thinner fabrics, iron on craft backing to add stiffness.) With straight pins, secure leaves to an 18-inch Styrofoam wreath covered in tan felt, overlapping slightly to hide pins.
Colorful gourds on a mantelpiece
2. Use Your Gourds To establish the palette for a fireplace display that can stay up until turkey time, drape a trio of pinked printed-fabric squares atop the mantel, and keep them in position with an assortment of colorful gourds and leaves. Add height with reusable silk ginkgo branches (or the real thing) in glass cylinder vases.
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Pumpkin with paper cut outs
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- Rose Maduli | At Home – Sat, Sep 22, 2012 5:03 PM EDT
Life does not change unless YOU change it! Always remember secrets in the deepest part of your life could get really messy unless you have the utmost power of LOVE to change it--------
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Neaten up this zone with bins, hooks and shelves.
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Add a ledge or shelf to the mudroom, entryway coat closet and pass-through spaces to stash seldom-used items like holiday decorations or the vitamins you bought in bulk.
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For containers that stay on display, bins in a nice material (wicker, canvas or colorful acrylic) can actually be a welcome addition to the decor.
Keep this comfy space pretty and tidy with double-duty furnishings.
Built-ins and Bookshelves
Shelves can usually be adjusted. Fit more by
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Here are the expert carvers' tips for every step of the pumpkin-carving process. Follow their advice to create a potentially award-winning pumpkin, and enter our annual Pumpkin-Carving Contest for your chance to win prizes and be featured on This Old House website. -Tabitha Sukhai, This Old House online
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Select a Pumpkin
1. Select It
Want to go traditional and carve a gourd straight from the patch? Or would you like your creation to last forever by carving a synthetic pumpkin? Whichever one you choose, make sure you consider your design or pattern when selecting a gourd. Get one large enough and in a shape that will accommodate the length and width of whatever design you're going to carve into it. And before you leave the pumpkin patch, Ryan Wickstrand of ZombiePumpkins.com recommends the following: "Make sure it can stand well on its own, and never carry a pumpkin by its stem."
If you dread seeing your hard work turn to mush-even with good care, a
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