Roundup: 10 Functional Pumpkin And Gourd Ideas

Roundup: 10 Functional Pumpkin And Gourd Ideas

Pumpkins and gourds are fun to decorate with, but are usually just that - decorations. Why not use them for something at the same time? Here are ten creative ways to use pumpkins and gourds as functional decor in your home.   


1. Display your house number on pumpkins! Find out how here. [Photo: At The Picket Fence

2. Use a colorful gourd to make a vase. Check out the tutorial here. [Photo: Lemon Tree Creations]

3. Check out this clever gourd ice bucket and other Halloween dinner party ideas at Style Me Pretty. [Photo: Rebecca Hansen]

4. Serve olives in halved squash like the folks over at Better Homes and Gardens. [Photo: BHG.com]

5. Turn a pumpkin into a keg! Watch the how-to video here. [Photo: Celebrations]

6. You can even make a pretty fall garland out of mini pumpkins and leaves. [Photo: BHG.com]

7. Small pumpkins make great candlestick holders. Check out the tutorial here. [Photo: Practically Functional]

8. Pumpkins can hold chips and crackers too... just line them with colorful napkins or tea towels. Find this and other fall harvest party ideas here. [Photo: BHG.com]

9. Use a dried gourd to create this gorgeous lamp. Find out more here. [Photo: Martha Stewart Living]

10. Gilded mini pumpkins make great place card holders. Check out the full tutorial here. [Photo: Cupcakes and Cashmere

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