How to Preserve Pumpkins for Decorating

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How to Preserve Pumpkins For Decorating | Creative Cain Cabin By now most of you are probably in full swing with your Fall decorating, I know I am and I like my pumpkins and gourds to last as long as possible. Ideally if you can preserve them you can also use them for your Halloween and even Thanksgiving decor if you live in a cooler climate. 

How to Preserve Pumpkins For Decorating | Creative Cain Cabin Here’s a great tip for extending the life of your pumpkins.

1. Wash in a mild solution of bleach, water, and dish soap. 1 gallon water, 2  Teaspoons bleach, and a drop of Dawn dish soap.

2. Scrub with a soft brush to remove dirt.

3. Dry thoroughly, turning over every few hours.

4. Give them a coat of clear spray paint. 

How to Preserve Pumpkins For Decorating | Creative Cain Cabin This process removes any spores that can cause early rotting. You should get an additional 3-4 weeks out of your pumpkins before they start to spoil. If you live in a hot climate keep the pumpkins in a cool location until you’re ready to decorate such as a basement or garage, and place them on newspaper to absorb any dampness. Happy Fall Decorating everyone. 





  1. says

    I was just thinking about how you could preserve pumpkins Dawn, I had no clue. Thanks for this great tip. I’m doing this tomorrow.

    • says

      Karen, you will notice they last much longer.

    • says

      Susan, it does help them stay around much longer. I know eventually they turn into a pile of mush but I like to get the most out of my money.

    • says

      Kris, I can’t find the white ones yet this year, but I will keep looking ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Carolyn says

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Nan, Odessa, DE says

    Explain the clear spray, please.
    Where do I buy it? Exact name of product?
    Thanks for the tip!

    • says

      Nan, I use clear spray paint made by krylon.

  4. says

    Thanks for much for this tip… My pumpkins are almost ready to harvest, I can’t wait to try this! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Amy says

        Dawn, I assume this works with gourds too? I have more gourds than pumpkins that made it and not very many of the gourds either. I have been fighting squash vine borer, stink bugs, and powdery mildew all summer. ๐Ÿ™

        • says

          Amy, yes it will also work with gourds ๐Ÿ™‚ I had the squash bugs one year too they are dreadful.

  5. Kris says

    Well, I’ll be!! I did not know this! I will try it!
    xo Kris

    • says

      Kris, yes in your hot climate it may get you a little more time.

  6. says

    Great tip Dawn .. not only are the preserved, they look pretty with that clear coat!!!..

    • says

      Shirley, yes they give it a nice shiny appearance.

  7. says

    Great tip Dawn…I’m going to do this with my baby boo ones!

  8. says

    Well that’s good to know! Will it keep them from melting? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Just kidding, I’ve only bought one. Have to hold off for a little cooler weather.

    • says

      Stacey, yes purchasing them when it’s cooler is a much better idea.

  9. says

    It’s been on my to-do list to look up how to do this and then I just came across it on your blog! Thanks so much for sharing these tips! Going to try it next time I buy pumpkins!

    • says

      Allison, I hope you do. For the price they charge it’s nice to get a little more time out of them.

    • says

      Meredith it really adds more life to them thats for sure.

  10. Heather says

    Would this tip work with the pumpkins that the kiddos carve and decorate?

    • says

      Heather I don’t think so….once they are carved the rotting process will begin.

  11. says

    So glad to come across this post via On Sutton Place, thank you! Most definitely pin-worthy ๐Ÿ™‚ Sue via #AllThingsCreative

    • says

      Sue thank you for dropping in today, and thanks for the Pin love ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. BB says

    Please remember to dispose of them properly so no animals eat them later. Toxic to them after this process. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • says

      BB they all go in my compost bin and it’s a sealed unit ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. says

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