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 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)
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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).
- Use the pumpkin-carving tool to carve around the tops of the pumpkins and remove them. Scoop out guts and seeds.
- 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.)
- Twirl the skewer around the inside of each hole to remove any strings or debris.
- Place the pumpkins on their backs and spray evenly with gold spray paint. Let dry, then gently flip and repeat on the other sides.
- 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!