No Carve, No Waste, Pumpkin Decorating

It's estimated that 40% of the food grown in the U.S. is wasted. That's $165 billion dollars worth of food that ends up in our landfills each year, taking with it all the water, nutrients, labor and energy that was used to produce it.

These no-carve pumpkin decorations are stylish, simple to make and preserve the flesh of the pumpkin, so they can go from decoration to dessert with zero waste.  Buy pie (aka: sugar) pumpkins instead of carving pumpkins for the sweetest, smoothest flesh.  Uncarved and kept indoors, pumpkins can last up to three months. 

If cooking pumpkins isn't your thing, they can also be composted. Don't have a backyard compost?  Join SCARCE on Nov. 4th for the annual Pumpkin Smash (great fun for the kids), and they'll compost your gourds for you. Painted pumpkins are not compostable. 

1. This natural beauty makes use of dried corn husks.

Keep adhesive toxin free by using a natural glue like this rice glue recipe

2. Pumpkins in a stocking! A ghoulishly simple way to add some pizazz to your pumpkins.

3.  Imagine these as a stunning as a centerpiece...


4. Keep it classy with classic doilies.


5. Plaid is hot, hot, hot this season. These beauties use non-toxic, easy to remove, washi tape!

6. Webbed up and ready to go.

Uncarved and kept indoors, pumpkins can last up to three months. Pick pie pumpkins without any blemishes to provide the freshest, tastiest flesh for your favorite pumpkin recipes.

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Update Sept. 30 '17:  As the Mike Nowak Show noticed, we missed the mark in the original post by to failing to mention that pumpkins can also be composted. The post has been updated.

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