Mini Marquee Light Pumpkins

Mini Marquee Light Pumpkins | With Lovely,
There’s nothing wrong with a traditional jack-o-lantern, but my favorite methods of pumpkin decorating tend to be sparkly rather than spooky and they pretty much always incorporate a crafty trend. Like these adorable confetti-dipped pumpkins, these geometric no-carve pumpkins, these colorful neon ombre pumpkins, these elegant calligraphy pumpkins, and these sweet chalkboard pumpkins.

I decided to go gold and try my hand at marquee light pumpkins (miniature, obviously). In the spirit of Halloween, I spelled out “BOO”, but you could also use these to display your house number for an autumn party or make your monogram. 
Mini Marquee Light Pumpkins | With Lovely,

Materials:

  • Mini pumpkins (1 for each letter)
  • Gold Sharpie
  • Metal skewer (or several wooden skewers)
  • Pumpkin-carving tool
  • Electric drill fitted with 1/2″ spade drill bit
  • Gold spray paint
  • Tea lights (1 for each pumpkin)

Instructions:

  1. Draw bubble letters with gold Sharpie. Don’t worry if you don’t get them right the first time – you won’t see the Sharpie through the spray paint. (Don’t use a pen or pencil – the indentations will show through.)
  2. Draw dots about 1/2″ in diameter spaced about 1/2″ apart inside the letters. You should be able to identify the letters just from the patterns of the dots.
  3. Use your skewer to make and indented outline around and inside the bubble letters. If you’re using wooden skewers, you’ll need to switch to a new one each time it gets dull (2–3 per mini pumpkin).
  4. Use the pumpkin-carving tool to carve around the tops of the pumpkins and remove them. Scoop out guts and seeds.
  5. Carefully place your drill bit at the center of a dot and drill a hole. Repeat until all dots are drilled. (FYI, this can get a bit messy.)
  6. Twirl the skewer around the inside of each hole to remove any strings or debris.
  7. Place the pumpkins on their backs and spray evenly with gold spray paint. Let dry, then gently flip and repeat on the other sides.
  8. Light the tea lights and carefully drop them inside.

What other trends would go great with pumpkins? Tell me your thoughts in the comments section below!

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