You Only Need Two Supplies for This No-Carve Hobnail Pumpkin

published Oct 22, 2019
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Credit: Photo: Ghazalle Badiozamani; Craft Stylist: Brigitt Earley

Orange and black get all the love on Halloween, but you can still get festive with a more understated approach. For the most elegant Halloween decor on the block, may we suggest a hobnail pumpkin?

This easy craft requires just two supplies: quilting pins and spray paint. You don’t have to be too precise with the pins, either. They glide effortlessly into the pumpkin and, as long as you follow a basic diagonal pattern, you’ll achieve the right look.

If you want your craft to go the distance—and we’re willing to bet you will—use a faux pumpkin instead of the real deal. Then, you’ll be able to leave it up through October and November, and save it for next year’s celebrations, too. Here’s how to get the look.

No-Carve Hobnail Pumpkins

Cost: $22
Time: 30 minutes, plus drying time
Skill: Beginner

Credit: Photo: Ghazalle Badiozamani; Craft Stylist: Brigitt Earley

Supplies: 
Small pumpkin
500 quilting pins (sometimes called ball head pins)
High gloss white spray paint 

Credit: Photo: Ghazalle Badiozamani; Craft Stylist: Brigitt Earley

Step 1

Stick a line of quilting pins into the pumpkin on a diagonal angle. Make sure to go from the very top, near the stem, all the way down to the bottom curve of the pumpkin, leaving the base free from pins. 

Step 2

Each time you complete a diagonal line, return to the top of the pumpkin and complete another parallel diagonal line down to the base. Continue until the whole pumpkin is covered in quilting pins. 

Credit: Photo: Ghazalle Badiozamani; Craft Stylist: Brigitt Earley

Step 3

Taking care to protect your workspace and working in a well-ventilated area—outside is best—spray the pumpkin with high gloss spray paint all over. Let dry for two hours. Apply a second coat and let dry for two more hours.

Credit: Photo: Ghazalle Badiozamani; Craft Stylist: Brigitt Earley

You’re done! Display your stylish creation anywhere you want a hint of Halloween. If you used a real pumpkin, it should last a few weeks; like Dracula, a faux model lasts forever.

Want more no-carve pumpkin ideas? Find them here.