DIY Decorative Pumpkins


Halloween is it for me.  It’s the only holiday there really is to me.  When I die I would like my obituary to read, “That broad threw one hell of a Halloween Party.”  It’s true.  Some little girls want to grow up to be astronauts, to swim from Florida to Cuba, to be the next President of America or to twerk on the big stage, not me.  I want to throw the best Halloween Party in town, a party where you can disappear into your costume and the conversation and allow yourself to dissolve into the spirit and the spook of the night.


It’s fair to say that I start thinking and planning, scheming and dreaming about All Hallows Eve long before the day arrives.   This year is even more special, for it marks the first Halloween Party that I will throw in a house of my very own. Not a little party that I “make work” in my Manhattan studio, though those parties were EPIC, not a party that I threw with my housemates, even though they were AMAZING!  No, this party is mine and mine alone and the possibilities are endless.  I just hope my husband is prepared for the glory and gore, the beauty and the scary, the whimsy and the wickedness, the trick and the treat that will become our home for the next month and a half.  It’s going to be the beginning, the foundation of the epitaph of my life.  It has begun!


When you start at the beginning, you have to go back to where it all began… of course.  So naturally this year’s theme is all about The Vintage Vibe.  I want a house that really embraces the feel of the Halloweens gone by.   When you dig into the roots of the holiday itself, how can the first image that enters the your mind not be the pumpkin?  It’s lore and history dates so far back that the stories have taken on a life of their own and you can’t tell truth from a tale told with too much whiskey on the breath.  Since the original folk tale comes from Ireland we can be certain it is at least a wee bit o’ the latter.  You cannot begrudge this humble little squash.  It transforms every year into anything your imagination can muster.   This yellow vegetable will metamorphose into anything and everything; from a witch, to a scarecrow, a monster, or a haunted mansion, Darth Vader or possibly humble Jack himself.  What is it about the glowing pumpkin that seems to beckon autumn to come just a little faster?  Whatever magic this modest orange globe has, I want to capture it this year and use it to help myself and my neighbors ease into fall a little more smoothly. Beckoning thoughts of spiced cider and crunching leaves, we enter the time of year where you pull your sweater a bit closer and take a moment to marvel at the moon.   So join me on the way to fall with a little craft that is so very simple but so very full of autumnal whimsy.


You will need

·      Pumpkins

·      Knife

·      Pumpkin scoop or spoon

·      Drill

·      ¼ Drill bit

·      White twinkle lights


To Do

Cut a hole in the bottom of each pumpkin

Scoop out the insides

Using the drill, make holes, either to form a design or not

Use pencil, stencils or tape to guide your design as needed

Fill pumpkin with twinkle lights



Sitting on a post or a porch, chair or stoop this easy craft project is sure to welcome the fall with charm and enchantment.


Happy Halloween!















Marcella-bioMarcella began cooking early, learning from her self-taught mom who prepared brilliant meals nightly. At thirteen, cooking on a Ranch, she learned how to get creative in the kitchen. With an eye for the beautiful, a growing palate, and keen organizing skills she soon began hosting parties and catering events. Moving to New York she was graced to have worked with some of the best interior designers in the city. Taking these skills to the Internet with Marcella Rose’s she shares her passion and innovation hoping to inspire the modern woman.


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Erin Kennedy

Erin Kennedy is the owner and editor of My Crafty Spot and loves to find the latest crafting creations to create and share.

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  1. so elegant! love the mood lighting!

  2. This is so clever. I am going to have to try it as a pumpkin carving alternative!

  3. Love this simple take on a pumpkin lantern. 🙂
    Visiting from the Pumpkin Parade!

  4. I love the idea of using twinkle lights in the pumpkin! So smart!

  5. Thank you all for your kind words and excitement! It really is a fantastic alternative to pumpkin carving.
    Happy Carving,
    Marcella Rose