Pumpkins in a Hurry

Don't have the whole day set aside for carving? No problem. Here are some ready-in-minutes ideas.
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What You Need:
Decorated pumpkins party centerpiece
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Carved, painted, or decked in
sequins, these starstruck
pumpkins are stunning alone or
in a grouping.

  • Pumpkins of all sizes
  • Paint pen in desired color (often used for fabric painting, available at fabric, discount, and crafts stores)
  • Small paring knife
  • Votive candle
  • Star sequins
  • Straight pins with colored pearl ends
  • Small star cookie cutter


1. For paint-pen pumpkin: To make a paint-pen pumpkin, draw stars in desired colors all over the pumpkin.

2. For candleholder pumpkin: To make a candleholder pumpkin, cut a round hole (large enough to hold a votive candle) with a paring knife in the top of the pumpkin and scoop out. Decorate around the hole with paint pen as desired. Place a votive candle into the hole.

3. For sequined pumpkin. To make a sequined pumpkin, attach star sequins using straight pins with pearl ends.

4. For cookie-cutter pumpkin. To make a cookie-cutter pumpkin, press the star cookie cutter into the surface of the pumpkin and remove the "skin" of the star shape using a small paring knife.


  • Wind the ends of a metallic pipe cleaner around a pencil, slip off, and attach a pipe cleaner to the stem of a miniature pumpkin.
  • Attach a purchased artificial fall leaf at the stem of the pumpkin and display in a small pile of leaves.


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