You don't always need to pull out the carving tools, paints or markers to put together a unique pumpkin. Go snowman-style and stack your gourds artistically.
Collect small varieties of gourds and use them, or pieces of them, as facial elements and accessories. Try a spoon gourd for a nose, crown of thorn gourds as a hat or maybe warties as ears to add flair and texture to your pumpkin head. And don't stop with gourds. Root vegetables such as carrots (consider the purple variety instead of traditional orange) make great appendages too!
Small gourds and vegetables can be held in place with toothpicks but heavier ones will need more support. For those, give bamboo fondue sticks a try.