Nail Head Pumpkins


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I have never done very well with decorating pumpkins. They never seem to turn out quite how I imagined they would. My experiment with Nail Head Pumpkins proves this point.

When I was in the 5th grade, my Girl Scout Troop had a pumpkin carving contest.

I was determined to do great things and win the contest.

I carved BIG ears on my pumpkin, and put BIG rhinestone earnings on them.

I added BIG red wax lips, and drew a pair of BIG eyes on it complete with BIG eye lashes.

The crowning glory was my favorite blond wig. It had long, stringy blond locks and looked amazing on my giant pumpkin. I always wanted to be a blond you know. I let the big ears and rhinestoneĀ earnings stick out from under the greasy blond locks.

I set my pumpkin atop a pair of my favorite Converse tennis shoes, and she was done.

I was so proud.

nail heads close up

The judges came around and whispered among themselves as they studied each and every pumpkin.

They spent considerable time whispering over my pumpkin, and I was so hopeful that I had won the contest.

X pumpkin

Then they made an announcement. I had been disqualified. According to them, I didn’t carve enough of my pumpkin to be a winner, or even be in the contest.


Bessy Messy won the contest, for her stupid little carved pumpkin. It was awful. Her pumpkin didn’t even have hair. It was carved crookedly and out of proportion. I was devastated.

birds eye view


[bctt tweet=”My Mamma, who lives with us, told me that I had brought home the most BORING WHITE pumpkins she had ever seen.”]

I was determined to prove her wrong.



pumpkins on table

I went and bought these lovely copper finish upholestry nail heads at Hobby Lobby and couldn’t wait to start pushing them into my pumpkins. My husband loves math and I thought he would be super impressed if I incorporated a MATHEMATICAL element in our decor.

Except, I had to look up mathematical symbols because I really couldn’t remember any. I drew the shapes onto the pumpkins with a pencil, then inserted the nail heads. It was probably the only time in my life that I actually enjoyed math.

Don’t tell my kids. Or my husband.

I thought the Pumpkin Pi was so much fun. I think it looks amazing with my $5.00 thrift store lamp. Kind of like the wig on my beautiful pumpkin way back when.

I think the coppery nail heads looks tremendous with the gold picture frame we rescued from the neighbors trash heap down the street. And the thrift store potpourri.


Besides, mathematical symbols would be educational for the kids, right? They would look at this display and think “Gee, I should go do my math homework.”

My son said, “Really Mom?”

“Don’t you think we already know what equals means?”

Well, what about the double lesser than? I bet you don’t know what that one is!?

“Yes Mom, it’s much lesser than. I get it.”

Sigh. I guess I still haven’t won the pumpkin contest.

The potpourri that I bought made me sneeze and had to be removed from the premises. Too bad, it was so pretty.

Of course, there is always next year. Maybe I should start shopping for a wig.



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