This Pumpkin Decorating Idea is So Clever – Use the Stem as the Nose!

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three pumpkins decorated with stems on nose and green hair

We love decorating for fall!

Is pumpkin decorating & carving apart of your fall festivities? This year, try this clever idea, use the stem for a nose! 🎃 It’ll be a frugal & fun way to spruce up your porch for fall! Read on to find out how I easily did mine!

orange pumpkins decorating for fall

This may seem like a no brainer, but you’re actually not cutting off the stem from your pumpkin like the traditional way of carving pumpkins. Rather, turn it on its side and plan out the rest of the face around the stem.

Easy peasy, right?!

Here are some ideas for decorating pumpkins using the stem as the nose:

carving pumpkins and stems

Pumpkin Decorating with Stem Nose


Supplies Needed

  • Real pumpkin
  • Carving tools (you can likely use things you already have on hand)



Carve a circle on the opposite side (i.e. the bottom part) of the pumpkin. Then scrape out the insides.



Then place a corn-on-the-cob holder on the outside of the part you just carved out. This will act as the “handle”.

This is especially important if you plan to open and shut it often to insert a candle or tea light.


Grab a melon baller (for easy eye sockets), a vegetable peeler (great for hard to reach places), or any carving tool you have on hand to make your pumpkin’s face and different features.


Decorate your pumpkin with accessories, place on your porch, and enjoy!

witch painted pumpkin

Or don’t carve it at all! 

Take note that pumpkin carving isn’t my strength (LOL!), which is why these overly simple designs work best for me! 😉 Here’s my no-carve pumpkin example – pumpkin stem nose decorating is literally for anyone. So if carving is too involved or not something you wish to do, you can have just as cute of an outcome!

Consider using a white paint pen, black craft foam, and a witch headband to embellish. You could also even use a witch hat! SO fun!

Make this pumpkin guts slime if you do decide to carve your pumpkin!

About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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Comments 3

  1. Lori

    What a great idea! Love the syem as a nose.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Lori! We thought it was cute too!

  2. Deb

    I always cut a hole in the bottom of my pumpkin, put tea light candle on our steps, place the pumpkin down right over the candle.

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