Henna Pumpkins

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Kid’s and General Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

Every year, as we get ready to host our annual pumpkin carving party, I promise myself that I am going to carve or decorate some really cool pumpkins to have on display before the party. But between menu planning, crafts-for-the-kids planning and all the inevitable last minute details that come when you have your entire neighborhood over for an afternoon, the pumpkins get pushed to the bottom of the list.

Generally I look around after the party and realize that every family on the block has a newly carved pumpkin except ours. Next year! I tell myself!

Well, next year has come.

Don't carve your pumpkins this year, paint them with beautiful henna designs! - ThinkCrafts.com

I’m making an early start with the pumpkins by venturing into the realms of fake gourds. I’ve seen them for years, heard the craft pundits rave about their versatility, but somehow have never broken down and bought one. But when I got the idea for this pumpkin I decided that the time had come. I was not going to spend all that time decorating a pumpkin that would rot away in a few weeks time.

Start with an uncarved or craft pumpkin

The inspiration for this came from a magazine I flipped though while in line at the grocery store one day. The pumpkin on the glossy pages was covered in tiny rhinestones which looked great but probably cost more than I was willing to spend. Instead I opted for glossy black puff paint and a few rhinestones accents.

Add puff paint to your jack-o-lanterns this year for a beautiful henna design - ThinkCrafts.com

After sketching out the swirls and loops with a pencil, I went to work with the paint, dotting carefully along the lines. It was often easier to start at the end of the swirl and work backwards toward the stem and I did stop at the halfway point to allow the paint to dry before proceeding with the rest. And although the project was definitely time consuming, it was also fairly easy once I got into the dot dot dot rhythm.

Give a pumpkin a henna design with dotted swirls

Once the entire pumpkin was covered I went back and glued a handful of rhinestone in strategic places. Such as the spot where my son decided to “see if the paint was dry”. The finished project looks elegant and spooky at the same time. The perfect combination for this year’s not so kid like but not scary either decor. In fact, I might just have to make another with that white pumpkin I bought the other day. Because you can never have too many cool looking pumpkins in October!

Dotted Swirls with puff paint give this pumpkin a henna design - ThinkCrafts.com

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18 Responses
  1. Lucie :

    Date: October 16, 2009 @ 4:37 PM

    Absolutely exquisite ! It gives me idea for a lot of things I could do for christmas too. Thanks a lot.

  2. Crystal & Co :

    Date: October 26, 2010 @ 3:13 PM

  3. larissa :

    Date: October 11, 2011 @ 9:10 AM

    I love this. Will fabric paint work for the pumpkin?

  4. Softa123 :

    Date: October 22, 2011 @ 12:48 PM

    This is a wonderful website and this article is exactly what I was looking for to include in my article on carving and decorating pumpkins. I hope you don’t mind my using it. I also linked back to your website and will add you to my blog roll. I’ve also bookmarked you so when I have time I can make some of the beautiful things you are crafting!

    Thx for sharing!


  5. amy@flexibledreams :

    Date: October 27, 2011 @ 2:26 PM

    Thanks for the inspiration! I made an awesome project inspired by this post. Here’s the link.


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  7. Wickless Candles :

    Date: July 25, 2012 @ 9:20 AM

    This is gorgeous! Found you on Pinterest, thank you for sharing! What do you think about using glow-in-the-dark paint?

  8. Carlie Jean :

    Date: September 29, 2012 @ 7:25 PM

    Love this! I may try this for Halloween this year! My daughter is 7 months old so she is too young to carve and frankly I might want a year off from the mess! :) http://www.fabulousmaternalblessed.com

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