DIY Fall Decorating: A Beach Chic Pumpkin

With inspiration from the sea, a garden pumpkin is transformed to illuminate the night.
Drilled pumpkin 1

Drilled pumpkin 1

Celebrating the upcoming season, coastal style.

As we usher in fall, I know that pumpkin picking and carving is a high priority on the family to-do-list. Once home, we stare at the lovely pumpkins and their unique shape. We imagine how they would best be designed. We usually always end up with one pumpkin with one perfect side and a flatter side. Typically the flatter side becomes the back. But not this year.

I am loving the look of drilled pumpkins, but I knew I wanted to put a coastal twist on this year's pumpkins. Living by the sea, I am always finding inspiration from its treasures. With this craft I was able to combine my love for both. The drilling process is very simple, and I adore how these pumpkins twinkle. This pumpkin came together in no time at all and is a family-friendly craft. We are already dreaming about other shapes to drill into our pumpkins: shells, leaves, trees, pumpkins, gourds, acorns, apples and garden wildlife.

Supplies:

  • Pumpkin with innards removed or crafting pumpkin
  • Dried starfish
  • Drill and assorted bits
  • Crafting glue (real pumpkin) or hot glue gun (crafting pumpkin)
  • Newspaper/Craft paper
  • Candle 
  • Pencil 

Click on the gallery below for all of the step-by-step directions.

Beachy Pumpkin How-To

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Grab a Drill and a Pumpkin

Add Starfish

Start Drilling

Get Creative

Light It Up

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