Wednesday, October 12

Drilling Pumpkins

As I mentioned yesterday, Doug and I went to the pumpkin patch as part of his birthday celebration. This may have been a little more for me than for him, seeing as I get ridiculously giddy at the thought of doing any fall activity. We picked out a big, beautiful pumpkin and rushed home to get started.

I wanted to do something different than the standard carving I've always done, and I absolutely love how it turned out. This year, we drilled our pumpkin!

First, we gutted the pumpkin.

We had helpers close by for moral support.

I drew a sketch of what I wanted to drill. The first dots I made were the darker ones at the top and bottom, so I could make sure the drawing was straight.

I found this picture online to go off of.

Then I grabbed a Sharpie and drew the picture on the pumpkin (in dots). 

Then started drilling! I used a 7/32" bit for the outline and 1/8" bit for the eyes and mouth. 

One tip I realized during this was to drill from where most people will be looking at the pumpkin...let me rephrase that so it might make sense: our pumpkin will be on the ground, so most people will be looking at it from a high angle, so I drilled each hole so that the most light will shine upwards. Let me know if that still doesn't make sense.

I LOVE how it looks, but it is so dang difficult to get a good picture of! This is the best I could do. It looks a lot brighter in person.

I plan on doing another pumpkin this weekend that says BOO. We'll see how that turns out!

**Update: I decided to do a polka dot pumpkin instead! I used 3 different sized drill bits and I love how it turned out!

And now for my fake pumpkins. I think the front porch is finally finished! I found the wreaths at Homegoods, and the pumpkins are from Target, Homegoods, and Michaels.

I spray painted the one on the left with gold glitter paint.

And used the same paint on the polka dot one, then used Martha's glitter paint for the dots. 

Have y'all tried any new ideas on pumpkins this year?


Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips

Your pumpkin looks awesome! LOVE all your fall decor!

Amanda said... Best Blogger Tips

I haven't yet, but we are going to try and get out to the pumpkin patch this weekend! Drilling is such a cute idea!

Jessica said... Best Blogger Tips

I was going to carve a pumpkin this year.. but now I think I will have to drill it! that is the coolest thing, I LOVE it!!!

erica said... Best Blogger Tips

How neat is your drilled pumpkin. I might just have to check it out.


J and A said... Best Blogger Tips

That is so cool! Love your front door!! Beautiful.

Miranda said... Best Blogger Tips

it looks great! i love the spray paint idea! we are going to the pumpkin patch this weekend so I will have to try these ideas! :)

Brittany said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea! I have never even thought to drill a pumpkin! I may just have to do that this year. Don't worry - I get so excited about fall stuff, too. I've been scouring the area for corn mazes and haunted trails.

Your front door looks so CUTE! Nicely done! :)

Megan said... Best Blogger Tips

You make me feel terrible. We don't have one single fall decoration out. Haha. I love the drilling idea, though! It looks great!

Sarah @ Simply Sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

Super cute!! I love your ghost pumpkin, what a cool idea :)

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this idea! I'm terrible at carving pumpkins, but I might even be able to do this!


sherri lynn said... Best Blogger Tips

Your pumpkins all look so pretty! I love when holes are drilled out for the light to poke through - it looks so pretty!

Sarah @ 90 Percent Blonde... said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks awesome! You can come here and help me decorate now haha I see so many things online that look great but I can never recreate them

Daniela said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this idea!!! I think I could pull off working with a drill - the effect is awesome!

Klein Dot Co said... Best Blogger Tips

Love your Halloween decor! Especially that polka dot pumpkin - how creative!

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum} said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW!!! Those are so cool!!! they look great on your porch too. Thanks for sharing...I think we'll be getting the drill out soon!

Natalie and Lee said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE YOUR DECORATIONS TOO!! Fall decorating is a lot of fun! The glitter pumpkin looks amazing!! :)

Meghan said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice work, girl! It turned out great!

meghan said... Best Blogger Tips

This is such a cute post!! I love your drilled pumpkin. I know sometimes pictures can't catch things in the dark...but I'm sure this looks fantastic in person. It looks great in the photo! And your front porch looks fantastic!! Oh my goodness. I love those pumpkins.

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I wish I would have thought of using a drill, looks awesome. The only thing new I did this year was having my son paint his pumpkin. Your decor is super cute.

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