DIY Halloween Decor: Sequined Pumpkins

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Easy No Carve Pumpkin Ideas {Halloween Decorations}

Each time fall rolls around, you’ve think you’ve seen all the pumpkin ideas and Halloween decor on the market.  If there’s a pumpkin carving idea to be found, I’ve seen it.  Until the day my friend “K” sent an email asking how to make these “bedazzled” pumpkins for less than their whopping $158 price tag:

Challenge accepted, my friend!  It’s like she read my mind– I’ve been looking for a new idea, something different from the same, tired, “scary” Halloween decor in all the stores.  My dream is to find modern Halloween decor that won’t terrify my kids.  I threw out my stressful to-do list and Noodle and I headed to Michaels just to “scope out” supplies.  Turns out I could not resist the sales this week and filled up my basket with sparkly goodness.  Once I got home, it took just a few minutes to whip up these babies:


Not quite like the originals, but not bad for a knockoff, right?  The best part is how customizable these are.  I like mine with a little less bling, but I’m sure most people prefer more.  You can use pre-glued rhinestones or create your own pattern.  The {fake} pumpkins come in four sizes and three colors, too.

I was amazed at the selection of materials I found for duplicating the $158 version.  Of course, I had to try them all so here are three different types of material, broken down by style:

Elegant Swirly Pumpkins

Check out what I found in the scrapbooking/sticker section:


They were a cinch to apply, all I did was peel off the sticker and position it in a pleasing way onto the pumpkin.  However, after a few hours the edges started to peel off.  I added a few dots of Elmer’s glue at the ends and woot, they stuck.


I think this bottle is leftover from my teaching days…

For $6, I ended up with this elegant little beauty:



Modern Striped Pumpkin

For a modern look, I used 2 packs of rhinestone tape (found in the scrapbooking section) to make vertical stripes.


I ended up with this happy stripey pumpkin in about 3 minutes for $10.



Monogrammed or Custom-Patterned Pumpkin

If you want to glue your own pattern, I found these in the bead section.


Here’s my attempt at a monogrammed blinged out pumpkin.  First I found a font I liked and drew it lightly on the pumpkin. Apparently I drew it light enough to be barely noticeable in this photo, ooops!

Sidenote: erasing works just fine on this surface.  Trust me.  😉

After the letter looked the way I wanted, I drew over it (one section at a time) with a thin line of Elmer’s glue. Then I placed the rhinestones on top, one at a time.  For the ends of the letter, I used small preglued rhinestones for a graduated look.

The last step was to place a few pre-glued sequin patterns as “leaves” next to the stem.


While the process of gluing my own pattern was more time consuming, it’s totally customized.  And by “time consuming”, I’m not kidding, the whole thing took under 15 minutes.  It took longer to take the photos!

If you want to go even cheaper, black glitter puffy paint can replicate this look nicely and all you have to do is make dots in any pattern you’d like.  Here are two other ideas straight from the scrapbook section.  The web would look amazing on a black pumpkin:

And if you aren’t into spooky, these butterflies are fall colored and would look beautiful glued in various places all over the pumpkin:

Plus two more inspiration photos from the website:


Many thanks to my dear friend, K, for the inspiration.  Can’t wait ’til you move here and we can have craft nights together!  Oh, and with the kids too, I guess.  😉




It’s like pumpkin carving, without the mess.  Or the sharp knives. 😉 When it comes to creative ideas for pumpkins and Halloween decor, this is just another ‘outside of the box’ idea I’m throwing your way and hoping you won’t think is totally crazy.  Or, hopefully totally crazy in a ‘YES! I was JUST LOOKING for different pumpkin ideas!’ jumping on the couch kinda crazy.  Love that kind.

Easy No Carve Pumpkin Ideas {Halloween Decorations}

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  1. I loooooove yours more than the inspiration pumpkin! I just did a pumpkin round up today on my blog and wish I had seen this to add!!!

  2. Yours look amazing….and much better than the ones for $158! Seriously? Are they really that much? UG! So glad you posted this because now I’m going to have to go to Michael’s. I’m sure my hubby will thank you later! haha 🙂

  3. Saw these on Pintrest and now when we get home guess where I am taking my son! That is right, the craft store! LOL thanks Carrie, you ROCK!

  4. Um, other people have already mentioned this but it is worth repeating–your pumpkins look SO much better than the originals! Carrie, this might actually be a craft project I actually do. Fantastic!

  5. I LOVE them! I did the double striped one last night, but I need more “bling” to complete my other pumpkins. Your idea turned out way better than the original! I can’t wait to be back, too!

  6. LOVE IT! I’m gonna have to make some for Emily’s pumpkin party next month. Thanks for adding to my to-do list 😉

  7. These are beautiful! I had pinned the original photo, but yours? Even cuter! Like the others, guess where I’m heading this week?!!?

    Smile and Mama With Me

  8. You did such an amazing job, Carrie! These look fabulous!! I especially love the “h” one – so fancy!!

  9. I think yours are so much better than your inspiration. Sometimes less is more, and I love how you used scrapbooking supplies to make the project easier.

    Sounds like I need to head over to Michael’s with my new rewards card, and the coupon they already loaded on it!

  10. Alleluia!! my prayers have been answered. Ever since I saw these pumpkins I just had to have them. But wasn’t about to pay $158, thank you so much for sharing there are fabulous and most of all love the price tag. You know where I”ll be today.

  11. I want to go to one of your craft nights!

    I didn’t even notice the glue by the way. I was too distracted by the awesome! I want one! I am definitely a swirly girl. That one is my favorite.

  12. The pumpkins look great with the decor added! What a creative idea 🙂 My son would love to glue on jewels…good thinking! 🙂 Visiting from Centsational girl

  13. So pretty and elegant! I’m over from Centsational Girl. I tried to leave a comment earlier, but it wouldn’t go through? Anyway, thank you for the great tutorial. You’ve got some fabulous ideas.

  14. LOVE your pumpkins! I also made pumpkins using a similar idea. Awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Beautiful pumpkins! Last year I drew the initial on the pumpkin and used upholstery tacks for the initial, it was quick and inexpensive. Draw the letter and push the tacks in. This year I will also use the swirly stickers.

  16. Hello Carrie, Your pumpkins look so fantastic. Popping over from where my Mod Podge pumpkins were also featured. I’m proud to be amongst such talented company!

    Warmly, Michelle

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  23. Love these pumpkins! I’m sharing it on my FB page today 😉
    Jamie @

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