Although carving is a huge and messy ordeal, especially with young kids, it's just one of those things that I grew up with and don't want my kids to miss out on. This year I decided to use a couple pumpkins for my table display without carving them. So, everyone else will get to carve theirs, but mom got crafty with hers.
I picked up a spool of tulle and three different ribbons at Walmart for about $6 total. I chose ribbons that were three different colors, sizes, and textures. You could get tulle at the fabric center if you wanted bigger sheets, but I figured I could use the spool for other projects as well. It was a little more work, but totally worth the $3.
I rolled the tulle out on the table, put the pumpkin in the middle, and brought the two sides up in the center around the pumpkin to get an idea of how long I needed it. Cut the first piece and use that as your template for the rest. I wanted it doubled up and for the size of my pumpkin, figured I'd need 3 pieces to go all the way around, so ended up cutting six. It's a little difficult to work with since it likes to stick together. *Tip: don't wear a sweater while working with tulle. (Yes, of course I learned the hard way!)
I placed my pumpkin on the first set of strips and gathered at the top. I then placed that on the next set of strips, rotating slightly, and gathered those. I did the same for the last set. You could secure in between, but I figured that was as much work as just gathering them back up each time.
After the entire pumpkin was wrapped in tulle, I tied my base ribbon (the widest one) around the tulle to secure at the top. I always cut my ribbon too long and then trim if needed. I tied the other two ribbons around the first and then tied all three into a bow.
Simple, classy, and cute! (Not to mention in-expensive). You can see here with and without the wrap.
I put mine on my dining table, but you could display these babies outside too. Speaking of babies, Harley keeps stealing my tiny pumpkins from my entry display and relocating them. It's like finding pumpkins after the Easter Bunny has been here on the wrong holiday...
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