How to Make a Paint Chip Pumpkin Garland

Paint chips are the perfect material for this DIY Halloween decorating project. The different shades of orange and yellow mimic the hue variation seen in actual gourds.
Paint Chip Pumpkin Garland

Paint Chip Pumpkin Garland

By: Stephanie Morgan
Similar Topics:

Materials Needed:

  • paint chips (10-20)
  • small piece of card stock
  • scissors
  • small hole punch
  • waxed cotton or string
  • black marker

Create a Pumpkin Template

To get started, head to the local home improvement store and get a selection of orange, yellow and red paint chips as well as a small pumpkin shape to trace. A pumpkin shape can be found by entering "pumpkin" into the "line drawing" category of Google images. Resize the shape using a photo editing software and print it on cardstock to add thickness for tracing.

Create Pumpkin Template

Create Pumpkin Template

Trace, Cut and Thread

Trace your shape on the back of the paint chip (so there won't be any residual pencil marks on the front), cut out, puncture twice with a very small hole punch, then thread onto a length of waxed cotton.

Thread Through Waxed Cotton

Thread Through Waxed Cotton

Add Faces

Draw a mixture of jack-o'-lanterns and silly faces on the pumpkins to add character to the pumpkin garland.

Tip: If you don't have your own stash of paint chips and you are feeling guilty about taking paint chips for non-paint-selecting activities, then head straight to the paint counter and ask for their help choosing paint chips.

Draw Faces on the Paint Chips

Draw Faces on the Paint Chips

Next Up

Glam Sequined Pumpkin

Make an ordinary pumpkin sparkle with the addition of sequins or shimmering glass beads.

A Pretty Painted Pumpkin Centerpiece

Unexpected colors and textures give this centerpiece a fresh look for fall.

Make a Dried Leaf Christmas Wreath

Dressing your front door with a wreath at Christmas time helps to create a wonderfully warm, festive welcome to the outside of your home. Collect fallen leaves and seed heads in the fall and turn them into this stunning arrangement.

How to Make Simple Window Shades

Whip up some window treatments in no time with these step-by-step instructions.

How to Make a Nautical-Themed Lamp

Add a summery nautical touch to your home's decor by wrapping natural hemp around a ho-hum lamp base and shade. This quick update is easy, inexpensive and breathes new life into a tired accessory.

How to Paint the Exterior of a House

HGTV.com walks you through the steps of painting the exterior of a house, from prep work through the finishing touches.

How to Install Gutters

Protect against water damage to your foundation, basement and driveway with these instructions.

How to Clean Lights and Shades

6 bright ideas for shedding more light on the subject

How to Repair a Burst Pipe

Fix it and prevent it from freezing again with these instructions.

Make a Dessert Basket for Summer Parties

Serve your dessert in style this summer by decorating a wicker or wooden basket.

On TV

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.