Funky Fall Pumpkins

Studio 5 Contributor Jennifer Heslop shares eight great ideas for giving pumpkins personality.

All of the pumpkin ideas listed below can made using either a real pumpkin or faux foam pumpkin.

Swirled Glittered Pumpkin


White craft glue


Using a pencil, draw your design or pattern onto the pumpkin. Trace over the pencil line with white glue. Sprinkle glitter over glue line. Tip: it is best to work in sections, allowing eat section to dry before moving on to the next. This prevents the glue & glitter from smearing as you handle the pumpkin.

Lace Covered Pumpkin Topiary


Black lace fabric

Needle & thread

Lay the fabric over the pumpkin, gathering it underneath the pumpkin with your hands. Determine where you need to cut the opening for the stem, and cut a small circle. Place the lace over the pumpkin and gather the lace once again. Trim the excess lace and sew the lace fabric together with a needle and thread.

Gilded Pumpkins

Black craft paint
Circle shaped stickers in various sizes
Gold leaf (found at craft stores)
Silver leaf (found at craft stores)
Leafing adhesive

Antiquing gel

Begin by painting the entire pumpkin black, including the stem. Once the paint is dry, position the stickers on the pumpkin. Stickers can be made using a circle punch and contact paper. Apply the adhesive with a brush, covering the entire pumpkin, including stickers. Let the adhesive dry according to package instructions. Apply gold and silver leaf, alternating between gold and silver. Follow the manufacturer’s directions. Once the pumpkin is covered, use a soft bristled brush to brush off excess leaf. Remove the stickers. Apply antiquing gel with a soft cloth.

Junk yard Pumpkin


Various pieces of small metal objects (hinges, drawer pulls)

Upholstery nails
Hot glue

Tap into your creativity and come up with an interesting design using the objects you have acquired. Hinges make great butterflies, drawer handles can be used as a stem, and old keys make interesting leaves. Attach the objects using hot glue. Upholstery brands come in all different shapes and sizes. They can be used to embellish your pumpkin. Letters and numbers are easy to create using the nails.

Spider Egg


Strips of white material (cheese cloth or cotton)

Spider webbing & plastic spiders

Wrap a pumpkin in white material, or begin with a white (ghost) pumpkin. Cover the pumpkin in spider webbing. Use several layers to completely cover the pumpkin. Add plastic spiders.

Cheese & Mouse

Pack of rubber mice (Michaels craft store)

Using a 1 inch drill bit or a sharp knife, cut several holes throughout the pumpkin. Use hot glue or straight pins to attach mice throughout the holes.

Bird Cage

Green craft paint
Heavy gauge craft wire
Various “creepy” pets (crow, spider, rat)

Begin by painting the pumpkin green, or any color you choose. Cut a large square opening in the front. Cut several pieces of craft wire 1 inch longer than the height of the opening. Place the moss and animals inside the pumpkin. Create the wires of the cage front, by gently pushing the wire into the top and bottom inner-edges of the square. Space the wires equally across the square. Make a handle for the cage, by drilling a hole through the stem of the pumpkin and running a piece of wire through. Bend the wire to form a handle.

Studio 5 Contributor Jennifer Heslop loves turning trash into treasure. She is handy with a hammer, and has a knack for saving a dime by doing it yourself! If you have questions for Jenn, e-mail her at

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