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Crayon Drip Pumpkin

What You'll Need:

large white pumpkin (real or faux is ok)
Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
16-20 crayons (Crayola crayons only)
Hair dryer
Surface cover or trash bags


Chevron Pumpkins

What You'll Need:

Pumpkin (faux or real)
Painters Tape
Foam Brush
Acrylic paint


1. link short strips of tape to make a zigzag pattern

2. Use a foam brush to cover your pumpkin with two coats of acrylic paint

3. Allow 30 mins of drying time per coat

4. Remove tape and discard

5. Clean up the edges with a cotton swab if needed

Notes:  If you’d like the second color to be different than natural pumpkin orange, fill in using a small paintbrush and contrasting acrylic paint.


Ribbon Pumpkins

What You'll Need:

Orange Pumpkin
White Pumpkin
Black Pumpkin
Black and white checked ribbon
4 different variations of ribbon
Tacky craft glue


1. place 1 strip of each down the side starting at the edge of the stem. Repeat 3 times with the four ribbons. Adhere with tacky glue.

2. wrap green rick rack around twice and adhere with glue.

You can decrease or increase the spaces between the ribbon. More ribbon will create a more dramatic effect. Less ribbon allows more of the pumpkin to show through.

You can wrap the pumpkin horizontally or vertically. The possibilities are endless. Coordinate ribbon colors with a party or wedding. You can use solid ribbon and add decorate tacks and nails on top of the ribbon.


Floral Pumpkin Centerpiece

What You'll Need:

Flowers (pictured are mums)
Pumpkin (real or faux)
Hot glue gun and glue


01. Cut flowers (such as mums) at the top of their stem, just below the flower head.

02. Hot-glue each blossom to an uncut pumpkin. Start at the top and work in a circular pattern.

03. Glue each flower next to eachother. Be sure to test placement of the flower before gluing in place.

04. You can also poke holes and insert flower and stem right into the pumpkin.

You can get VERY creative with this idea. You can use black flowers, roses, purple flowers etc.

© 2011 Better Homes and Gardens

Celestial Pumpkins

What You'll Need:

Saw or carving knife
Power drill and one quarter-inch bit
White Christmas lights.


First, lay the pumpkin on its side and use saw or knife to carve out a circular hole in the bottom, large enough for your hand to fit comfortably through. Remove flesh and seeds. With a scraper, scrape away pumpkin’s inner wall until it is about one-quarter inch thick. Turn pumpkin right side up.

1. Fit a power drill with a bit.

2. Drill holes at random across the shell, or follow a uniform pattern that you have laid out with tape.

3. Inset a string of white or clear lights through the bottom opening, and push one bulb through each hole so that all bulbs extend beyond the pumpkin shell. Bind remaining lights inside the pumpkin so they don’t touch the ring. Turn right side up with plug running from the bottom.

© 2001 The Best of Martha Stewart Halloween

Pumpkin Luminaries

What You'll Need:

small knife
wood gouge
petroleum jelly
candles (fake light optional)


1. Remove seeds and scrape interior walls until flesh is no more than once inch thick.

2. Using a wood gouge, cut a continuous spiral around the outside of each pumpkin, removing the rind so that light can shine through.

3. Thinly coat exposed flesh with petroleum jelly.

My Notes:

If keeping the lids on (photo 2) please note that a candle may burn the tops and it’s best to use alternate light. Martha Stewart suggests carnival lights or white Christmas lights wrapped around a glass. Any bright enough light source will work.

© 2001 The Best of Martha Stewart Halloween

Glitter Gourds

What You'll Need:

White Glue
Paint Brush
Paper Plate (newspaper or cardboard)
assorted powder glitter: red, pink and champagne (see photo 1)
Purple, green, orange or whatever color of glitter you want to use (see photo 2).
Optional: black and brown acrylic paint for top
Matte finish spray and optional spray paint depending on what color glitter you decide to use (i.e green spray paint for green glitter).


01. Wash off the pumpkins to remove any dirt and dry off.

02. Spray paint the pumpkin (if you get any on the stem it’s okay, use of the acrylic paint will cover it). Allow to completely dry.

03. Set the pumpkin stem up and using the paint brush paint, spread the white glue over the surface of the pumpkin.

04. Add the glitter to the glue areas and allow to completely dry.

05. Optional, when finished paint the stem with the black acrylic paint and allow to dry.

06. When everything is dry spray the matte finish on the surface of each pumpkin.

© Martha Stewart Living October 2004 #131

Blackened Pumpkins

What You'll Need:

Carving saw
Plaster scraper or spoon
Masking tape
Black floral spray or flat black spray paint
Battery powered light
Needle tool or awl
Waxed paper
Straight pins.


01. Make a 4 inch round hole in the bottom of your pumpkin with a carving saw; scrape out flesh.

02. Place pumpkin on newspaper in a well ventilated area. Wrap masking tape around stem, and coat pumpkin with black floral spray. Let dry for 30 minutes: remove tape.

03. Use desired stencil, tape to pumpkin.

04. Use needle or poking tool to outline the stencil and cut designs with a saw. (If necessary touch up pumpkin with floral spray).

05. Place battery powered light inside. For a muted glow, affix a sheet of waxed paper behind the cutout with straight pins before adding the light source.


© Martha Stewart Living October 2006