What the Heck is a Modern Pumpkin?


The “modern pumpkin” is a great alternative for the contemporary home. It isn’t a jack-o’-lanterns and it doesn’t have to follow traditional Halloween colors or styles. The pumpkin becomes part of your own home decor. They usually consist of only a few colors, mainly white, gray or black, with pops of gold or silver. I created five modern pumpkins with paint and a few materials I got from Michael’s. You can use real pumpkins or faux pumpkins but I chose faux because after spending time and money on these pumpkins you may want to keep re-using them each year.

The Paint Drip Pumpkin




  1. Lay down the wax paper to catch the gray excess paint that drips down.
  2. Paint the entire pumpkin with the vanilla paint. Don’t worry about painting the stem just yet.
  3. Start pouring the gray paint straight from the bottle onto the top of the pumpkin. Don’t pour any paint on the stem because you will use the stem to hold your pumpkin and move it around. Pour a lot of paint on one spot at the top of the pumpkin and let it drip down the side.
  4. Continue dripping the paint down the side of the pumpkin.
  5. Make sure to fill in the top of the pumpkin with the gray paint. Don’t paint the top, drip it with paint.
  6. When you’re finished with the drips and filling in the top of the pumpkin with paint, paint the stem gray with a brush.


The Glitter Pumpkin




  1.  Paint the entire pumpkin with vanilla paint. Don’t paint the stem so you can move the pumpkin around.
  2. Let the paint dry.
  3. Re-paint the bottom half of the pumpkin vanilla.
  4. Sprinkle glitter on the still wet vanilla paint.
  5. Let it dry.
  6. Paint the stem gold.

The Foil Pumpkin




  1.  Paint the entire pumpkin gray besides the stem.
  2. Immediately sprinkle the foil on the pumpkin. Put the foil on thick at the top and add fewer pieces to the sides.
  3. Let dry.
  4. Paint the stem gold.


The Studded Pumpkin




  1. Paint the entire pumpkin gray.
  2. Wait for the pumpkin to dry.
  3. Once the paint is dry, start pushing in the thumbtacks in any pattern your heart desires. I chose to do chevron.

The Gold Pumpkin


Paint the entire pumpkin in gold paint!


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