pumpkin lanterns DIY | designlovefest
pumpkin lanterns DIY | designlovefest

it’s finally starting to feel cool around here and we are here to talk a little bit about halloween decor! we’ve been super into ceramics lately and have noticed a lot of handmade ceramic light fixtures that got us thinking about how to tie that back into decorating with pumpkins this season.

there is also such a variety of types of pumpkins that are available to us now, that we figured this would be a perfect place to showcase them. we got ours at whole foods, but keep your eye open for those unique pumpkins when you take your trip to the pumpkin patch!


• pumpkins
• knives of various sizes, serrated knives work well
• metal spoons of various sizes
• drill and drill bits, wood worker’s spade bits are ideal for large
• holes
• masking tape
• pipe cleaners

pumpkin lanterns DIY | designlovefest

how to make them:
• start by cutting the bottom out of your pumpkin so that it rests flat
• pull out the strands and seeds and with your metal spoons scrape out as much as possible from the inside of your pumpkin

pumpkin lanterns DIY | designlovefest

• mark your pattern on your pumpkin with small bits of tape
• drill holes in your pumpkin using your desired drill bit for the size holes you would like

pumpkin lanterns DIY | designlovefest

• after you finish drilling, wash your pumpkin off and if necessary scrape out the inside walls one more time
• use a pipe cleaner (or two) to remove any bits that remain in your drilled holes after washing

pumpkin lanterns DIY | designlovefest
pumpkin lanterns DIY | designlovefest

• to illuminate your pumpkin we recommend battery powered pillar candles

pumpkin lanterns DIY | designlovefest
pumpkin lanterns DIY | designlovefest
pumpkin lanterns DIY | designlovefest

we hope you make these cute pumpkin lanterns, we love how they came out. remember, shelf life for any pumpkin is about a week, so if you want yours to last through the holiday, time your carving accordingly!

project by: natalie for designlovefest
photos by: ivan solis


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    Rachel says:

    Usually I do faces, so I really want to try these now!

    Komik Hetai says:

    use a pipe cleaner (or two) to remove any bits that remain in your drilled holes after washing

    Willianne says:

    Looks lovely! I’m gonna try it 🙂

    So so gorgeous, I’m gonna try this on my pumpkin.
    -and thanks for a great blog 🙂

    – Louise

    Megan says:

    What a clever clever idea!! I love this and it looks SO incredibly nice. I may have to go and buy more pumpkins now! 😀

    Melanie says:

    I’ve never seen pumpkins like this! They are so cool looking! =)

    Kaelyn says:

    I can’t believe I’ve never thought of using a drill to carve pumpkins! These look so great!

    Moonlight says:

    Natalie did a great job here! Simple and impressive! Love it! Now, if only we celebrated Halloween where I live… :p

    Daphne says:

    It’s so nice and contemporary ! I would love to make some designlovefest revisited pumpkins lanterns to decorate my house to welcome neighbors next saturday. I’m making candy thieving magpie costume and prepare a scary recipe for our Halloween and to share on my blog.

    karen says:

    Thank you so much for your beautiful work this has truly inspired me.

    Wow, this is such a great idea! I’m defo going to try it. 🙂

    Love this idea, so much prettier than faces!

    Chloe says:

    These are such a great idea, amazing for autumn!

    KAA says:

    Been doing this for years !! Looks awesome !

    Maura says:

    Any secret from keeping them from browning/rotting???

    Anonymous says:

    Looks really good Ashe. Mxxxxxx

    Thumb Drives says:

    Love this, I will do this for this year Haloween.

    Megan says:

    So easy and they turned out great! Thanks for this DIY 🙂

    Dani says:

    I’m so gonna try this. Love the idea!

    Renet Tooley says:

    could I use a carvable pumpkin instead of a real one?

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