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Modern Pumpkin Lanterns for BHG

I crafted three modern pumpkin lanterns for my third Better Homes & Gardens project. I painted them in various metallics, and all three are hot pink on the inside. The pumpkins are cute during the daytime, but because I painted the insides they have an amazing pink glow when they’re lit at night!

Please take a moment to vote for your favorite pumpkin project at And here’s how you can create your own modern pumpkin lanterns:


  • faux crafter’s pumpkins
  • craft paint (I used hot pink, bronze, gold, and silver)
  • 1″ foam brush
  • small flameless candles
  • x-acto knife or heated cutting tool


  • Cut a hole in the bottom of the pumpkin large enough to fit your hand inside.
  • Carve circles (or desired shapes) into the pumpkin.
  • Paint the inside. I used two coats of hot pink paint, which gives the pumpkin a pretty pink glow when lit.
  • Paint the outside. Each pumpkin took three coats of metallic paint.
  • Place the pumpkin over a flameless candle to illuminate it.

Vote for Your Favorite Pumpkin Project

You can vote every day until Sunday for your favorite pumpkin project at Next week I’ll share the fourth and final BHG project: my front porch, decorated for Halloween!

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  • Katie W
    October 21, 2010 at 9:36 am

    What a creative idea! And so pretty, day and night!

  • liz @ bon temps beignet
    October 21, 2010 at 10:05 am


  • Centsational Girl
    October 21, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I adore that you painted the inside pink! No wonder BH&G picked you for your originality and creativity! Wondering if you could use a hole saw to create the holes too? They’re fabulous!
    Off to vote for you,

    • Making it Lovely
      October 21, 2010 at 11:06 am

      Yep, I think a hole saw would work too! And I used a large drill bit to make the small holes in the pumpkins.

  • Sarah G
    October 21, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Did you actually use an X-acto knife? I have been wondering what is the best way to cut one of these artificial pumpkins (i.e. less likely to result in injury or cursing). Is the hole in the bottom really necessary to carving the rest of the pumpkin?

    • Making it Lovely
      October 21, 2010 at 11:05 am

      I used a heated knife/soldering tool, which was MUCH easier than just an x-acto knife. The hole in the bottom was only necessary so that I could fit my hand inside to paint.

  • Katie Bright
    October 21, 2010 at 10:49 am

    These are adorable! Registered on BHG just to vote for yours. :)

  • Jules
    October 21, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Very cool, Nicole.

  • Sealicious
    October 21, 2010 at 10:54 am


  • amyks
    October 21, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Love those, hot pink and metallic paint makes everything look better!!!

  • Krissy
    October 21, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Love this idea! Well done. :)

  • Savvy in San Francisco
    October 21, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Those are adorable! I am in love with the hot pink inside of the pumpkins. If Kate Spade carved pumpkins, this is what they would look like!!

  • Jeran
    October 21, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Just wondering how you got the hook up to do these fun decorations. Did BHG contact you or did you sign up? I love your ideas. Using pink (not a traditional halloween color) makes them fun and new.

  • casey
    October 21, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Fantastic display!! Great job!

  • shannon
    October 21, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    wow! I love those!

  • Béa
    October 21, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    well done! love the pink glow.

  • Umbrella Island
    October 22, 2010 at 1:21 am

    This is a brilliant idea! They look fabulous!

  • Sarah
    October 22, 2010 at 2:52 am

    These are so sweet and fun. Off to vote now! Including on my blog post, follow up friday. hope it’s ok?

  • Kelly
    October 22, 2010 at 5:00 am

    Oh my goodness, they are so pretty!

  • Sara
    October 22, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Sad news, Nicole… I ran home and tried to make these last night, but the paint wouldn’t stick to the craft pumkpins. I used acrylic craft paint. Wrong kind?

    • Making it Lovely
      October 25, 2010 at 9:21 am

      Oh no! I used acrylic craft paint too – the kind that come in little plastic bottles with flip caps for cheap (usually around $1 or so). I didn’t have any problems though.

  • Sara @travelsinheels
    October 22, 2010 at 8:52 am

    AMAZING!! I totally love those! You are so creative!

  • rachel@urbannest
    October 22, 2010 at 9:01 am

    These are fantastic!

  • Keri
    October 22, 2010 at 9:47 am

    These are gorgeous, Nicole. I love, love, love the pink interiors! So creative and original.

  • Nicole
    October 22, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    So pretty!

  • Jamie
    October 22, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    How AMAZING are these?! You’re brilliant. Love these.

  • Your Manifesto
    October 22, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    That’s really beautiful and creative and just want I needed to get inspired.

  • Anja
    October 23, 2010 at 2:41 am

    these are great! well done, Nicole.
    Apropos of metallic-spraypaint: Maybe you can give me some advice:
    I spraypainted some frosta stools with silver metallic-paint. they became stained. Do you have any idea, what went wrong? Is it because i was too lazy to use Primer? I made three coats…

    • Making it Lovely
      October 25, 2010 at 9:22 am

      I didn’t use spray paint, but I’m not sure where your problem came in. Metallics do need to be shaken really well or they can be splotchy.

  • kristen
    October 23, 2010 at 8:58 am

    reallllly cute! i’ve seen some pretty silly pumpkin ideas this fall (i guess people are running out of creativity in that department? hah!), but your pumpkins are WAY cute. so creative, you are!

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    I love these! Great idea.

  • TheDesignerPad
    October 25, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I love these pumpkins, they came out great. I love the metallic finish. I’m sure they would look amazing when lit. Great job!!!!

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