These Doughnut Pumpkins Are So Cute You’ll Want to Eat Them Up

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

In the right spot—the mantle, a cake stand on the kitchen island, or your dining table—miniature pumpkins can have just as much visual impact as larger jack-o-lanterns. These adorable doughnut pumpkins are proof.

Though they look technical, the hour-long craft requires just a little bit of paint. There’s very little precision needed, too—just a steady hand to apply the puff paint “sprinkles.” Alternatively, if you want a little extra glitz, you can opt to glue tube beads or clay sprinkles onto the pumpkin. 

No-Carve Mini Pumpkin Doughnuts

Cost: $17
Time: 1 hour
Skill: Beginner

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

Step 1

Using the neutral acrylic paint, paint the bottom ⅔ of each pumpkin, as well as the stem and a small circle around the base of the stem. Let dry for 10 minutes. Paint on a second coat, and let dry for 10 minutes more. 

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

Step 2

To create the “frosting,” fill in the remaining orange area on the top of each pumpkin, overlapping the neutral paint just slightly. Make one pumpkin white, one pink, and one brown (or two white, two pink, and two brown, if you’re making a half dozen). Let dry for 10 minutes.

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

Step 3

Create the sprinkles by applying lines of puff paint to the “frosting” in a random pattern, alternating colors. Let dry for approximately 20 to 30 minutes.

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

Display your doughnut pumpkins individually or as a set (and resist the temptation to nibble in!).

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