This idea comes from Digital Editor Alexandra Churchill. Contrary to other pumpkins that wither away at the end of the season (or the stroke of midnight if you believe a certain fairytale) our version is made to be precious and preserved for years to come. We bedecked a craft pumpkin with indulgent little touches: ribbons of crushed velvet snugly fitted to wrap the ridges, topped with a mound of flat-back pearls, and leafy rhinestone appliqués. Oh, and the stem? Gilded in gold.