If you’re like me you love seeing the cutest little gnarly pumpkins arrive in stores. I always grab a bunch to use for décor on the kitchen table and throughout the house. They are so fun and bring that rustic, fall cozy feel into our homes. Also, If you’re like me, you throw them out a little too late after they get covered in green fur and are surrounded by a fruit fly or two. Whoops! Somehow this happens every year! No more! Here are some tips and tricks to using real squash and gourds in your home décor. 

Give them a bath 

Fill your kitchen sink and add a squirt of dishwashing soap and 2-3 tablespoons of bleach. Let your squash float around in there for 10 minutes or so. Give them a little scrub with a paper towel and let them dry completely.  

Put their coat on 

This is optional but it really will extend the life of your décor! The idea is that you create a barrier between the surface of the pumpkin and any bacteria that might be floating around looking for a home. There are two ways to do this.  

1) Coat your squash in Vaseline. This can give some shine to your pumpkins but be sure the surface you’re placing them on will not be damaged by the Vaseline. Just use a paper towel or tissue and rub an even coating all over your pumpkin. Don’t forget the stem! 

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2) Spray with a clear, matt spray paint. Follow the usage instructions on the product you choose and use in a well-ventilated area. Once dry, your pumpkins can be placed pretty much anywhere and will last a good while.  

Get arranging! 

You can simply place them around your home and they’ll be cute. Cluster a group of 3 or 5 (décor looks best in odd numbers) in the center of a table or place them in a wooden container as shown in the photo. Add other seasonal elements such as silk flowers or pinecones if you so desire.  

Set a reminder 

If you do nothing to your decorations, they should last two weeks. If you treat them, add two to four weeks to their lifespan. After that, they should get tossed. Set a reminder in your phone so you don’t find a mess sometime in December. Life gets busy, we all need reminders! 

I hope you enjoy incorporating some decorative pumpkins, squash and gourds into your home décor this fall! 

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