Saturdays Are Fun: DIY Designer Pumpkins (Hybrid Style)

I’ve been wanting to make my own white and black pumpkins for a few weeks now, so I finally bought a few craft pumpkins and got down to business. I have to admit it’s been a few years since I have bought a pumpkin at Halloween, and last year, I didn’t even decorate for Halloween. We don’t have kids, and we didn’t host a Halloween party last year, so I didn’t see the point in decorating. This year, I’ve been looking at Halloween decor on Pinterest for weeks now, and  I couldn’t wait to decorate! That’s where I saw many ideas for black and white pumpkins. I’ll  share my step-by-step instructions for how I used Tangie’s products to create my designer pumpkin!


Step 1. Gather your supplies: I used white and black acrylic paint, foam paint brushes, fine tipped paint brushes, Sharpie or similar marker, scissors, an adhesive, pencil, pins, and of course, pumpkins. Also aluminum foil.


Step 2. Cover the stems with aluminum foil so that when you paint the pumpkin, you will not get paint on the stem.


Step 3. Paint the pumpkins white. Apply several coats if necessary depending on taste. On one of the small pumpkins, I used my black Copic marker (or your can use a Sharpie…I love how the Copic writes smoothly over paint) to draw a chevron pattern. For the sake of time, I freehand drew the chevron pattern, however if I were to do it again, I would have printed out Tangie’s chevron pattern and traced it more carefully.


Step 4. Use the marker to fill in the edges of the chevron outline.


Step 5. Fill in the chevron stripes by painting them in with black acrylic paint. This pumpkin is finished!


Step 6. Move over to your computer and in your photo-editing software, open a silhouette from Tangie’s Silhouette Collab with Molly DeCrow. Open a witch’s hat from Alice’s Curiously Spooky Night in the Anniversary Grab Bag. I flipped the hat so it was facing the right way, and placed it on the silhouette’s head. I measured the pumpkin to see how big I needed the silhouette to be, and made it such size on a 8.5″ x 11″ document. I also added Hand Cut Collage Fodder: Houses 3 {Halloween} to print out on the same document for my art journal.

Step 7. Cut out the silhouette from the paper.

Step 8. Pin silhouette onto pumpkin. (I saw this trick on another tutorial, and I don’t remember where…I’ll add the source as soon as I find it.)


Step 9. Trace around silhouette and remove paper.


Step 10. Paint in silhouette with black acrylic paint.  I used a heat gun to dry the silhouette to save time. I also used another stencil to create a frame around the witch silhouette. Part of that frame includes an oval drawn in pencil.


Step 11. Follow the line of the pencil with glue (I used Fabri-Tac, as I love how it holds bulky things).  Take vintage beads and place into glue. This pumpkin is finished!


Here are my finished pumpkins together! I’m so thrilled with how they turned out.

Here are Tangie’s silhouette kits to choose from:

Here are more designer pumpkin ideas. I hope you are inspired, and if you make one, please link us up in the comments:

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on {Wednesdays – new day} and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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5 Responses to Saturdays Are Fun: DIY Designer Pumpkins (Hybrid Style)

  • Tangie says:

    FUN Julie Ann! I need to make some of these!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • This turned out really nice. I love vintage art and vintage inspired design. How would this have looked using a “ghost” pumpkin instead of painting a orange pumpkin, I wonder? Perhaps a bit shabby chic-esque… I will have to do that and see now. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • I LOVE how these turned out! I featured them on a pumpkin project page today.

  • Liz and Lo says:

    We love these, Julie! So inspiring! We will be featuring your creations on our blog (and will definitely put your link below). Thanks for the great tips!
    Liz and Lo

  • Liz and Lo says:

    We love these, Julie! So inspiring! We will be featuring your creations on our blog (and will definitely put your link below). Thanks for the great tips!
    Liz and Lo


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