Halloween Ideas

How to Make a Silhouette Pumpkin

Bring sophistication to your Halloween decor by embellishing a pumpkin with a trendy black-and-white silhouette.

  • A
  • A
  • A

E-mail This Page to Your Friends


All fields are required.

Separate multiple e-mail addresses with a comma; Maximum 20 email addresses.


Sending E-mail

Sending E-mail

Or Do Not E-mail


A link to %this page% was e-mailed

Materials Needed:

  • medium to large pumpkin
  • white copy paper
  • computer and printer
  • stick pins
  • black acrylic paint
  • small flat-edge craft paintbrush
  • small-tipped detail paintbrush
  • spool of black lace, beads or other textural fabric trim
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • scissors

Find the Flat Side

Rotate the pumpkin until you find the flattest side. It will be easier to paint the silhouette on a smooth flat side than a bumpy one.

Print Silhouette

Use a computer and printer to print out a solid black silhouette of someone's face. You can use a family member's profile or simply search for silhouettes online. Tip: Make sure to measure the flat side of the pumpkin before you print so you'll know how large to print the silhouette.

Cut Out Silhouette

Use scissors to cut out the silhouette (Image 1), then temporarily attach it to the pumpkin with stick pins (Image 2).

« Previous12

More From Halloween Ideas

Pumpkin-Carving Tips and Tools

Pumpkin-Carving Tips and Tools

Tips for selecting the right tools when carving, preserving and illuminating a Halloween pumpkin.

Using a Pumpkin-Carving Template

Using a Pumpkin-Carving Template

Tips for carving a Halloween pumpkin using a printed template, plus HGTV-exclusive pumpkin-carving templates.

Beginner Halloween Pumpkin-Carving Templates

Beginner Halloween Pumpkin-Carving Templates

The Halloween pros at HGTV.com share 22 free, printable beginner-level pumpkin-carving templates.

(22 photos)

HGTV Inspiration Newsletter

Create your unique, personal style with advice and inspiration from HGTV.