This fall we decided our Halloween would take a decidedly adult spin as we swapped out bright orange jack-o'-lanterns for the sophisticated–but still ghostly–soft hues of ivory and gray pumpkins studded with gleaming silver and broze nailheads.
• White or gray pumpkins or winter squash–as many as you want.
• Decorative nails available at DIY Upholstery
1. Use a pencil to make small dots on the pumpkin rind to mark our desired pattern. (We found a supply of 4 dozen 1/2 –inch nailheads to be sufficient for decorating a medium-size pumpkin.)
2. Push the nail points into the dots on your pumpkin. Use a hammer, if necessary. (We didn't need one.)
3. Watch for any rot along he bottom of the pumpkin. Pumpkins kept in a cool location should last for weeks.
Pile it on with find-them-everywhere 'Baby Boo' pumpkins. When stylist Jimmie Cramer began layering these tiny white pumpkins with green hypericum berries in an extra-tall footed vase, we knew our fall tablescape was about to get super stylish, low-cost makeover. He simply snipped small clusters of the berries and alternated them with mini pumpkins all the way to the top. Kept in a cool place, this arrangement should last several days.