It’s time I get honest with you: I don’t like carving pumpkins. I love picking out pumpkins. And I love roasting up a pan of pumpkin seeds and eating pumpkin-flavored sweets. But that whole part in between where you have to wade through pounds of pumpkin goop and struggle with a knife trying to stick to a pattern that you know full well isn’t going to turn out the way you want it to? Yeah I hate that stuff. So this year, I decided to change up my Halloween decor with a different “gourd” idea: Painted pumpkins. In lieu of carving up a Jack O’Lantern for my stoop, I put down the knife and reached for a paintbrush. These colorful, modern and whimsical pumpkins are less of a mess to craft and harder to mess up.

I am a firm believer that holiday decor doesn't have to be over the top. I mean, if you love decorating for Easter with stuffed bunnies, bright green crinkle grass and plastic eggs, go for it! But it's also OK to have a more understated holiday style. That's why I crafted these felted rabbit place settings. They're festive and fun without screaming "Easter Bunny!" You could even keep these out on the table throughout the year, customizing the colors to match your table scape. They're really easy, too. To get started, you'll need sheets of craft store felt (two sheets for each rabbit), spray adhesive, scissors and either a sewing machine or a glue gun. Oh, and this felt rabbit template right here:

>> DIY Felt Rabbit Template

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