Pumpkin Pail Jack-o-lantern

jack-o-lanternWelcome to $10 on the 10th! Every month on the 10th a few bloggers get together and share an idea, craft etc. for under $10.00.  This month our theme is Pumpkins. So I”m sharing how to make a Pumpkin Pail Jack-o-lantern.

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I know I say it often, but it’s usually still hot here in Texas in October so we look for different ways to have a jack-o-lantern  without actually carving one.

This simple  pumpkin craft is so easy and cheap that anyone can make it!

pumpkin jack-o-lantern supplies


Here’s a list of supplies to make your jack-o-lantern.

Pumpkin Pail

Acrylic Paint

Gold Spray Paint

Paint Brush

Craft Knife


spray painting the inside of a pail

Paint the inside of the Pumpkin

The first thing that you will want to do is spray paint the inside of the pumpkin gold.

I like to paint mine gold because it reflects light beautifully in  the night.

Let dry completely.

cleaning a pumpkin pail

If you get any spray paint on the edge of your pumpkin wipe it off immediately with a paper towel.

painting pumpkin pail

Paint the Outside of the Pumpkin

I’m not a big fan of the bright orange pumpkin color, so using acrylic multi-surface paints, paint the outside of the pumpkin.

If you don’t use the multi-surface acrylic paint the paint will scratch off.

jack-0-lantern with top coat

Seal The Pumpkin

Once your pumpkin is dry, seal with a clear spray paint sealer.

carving a jack-o-lantern

Carve Your Pumpkin

Using a craft knife, cut out the face of the pumpkin.

Make sure you have a new, fresh ,sharp blade and take your time.

adding a bow to a pumpkin jack -o-lantern

Embellish The Pumpkin

Embellish the pumpkin with whatever fun things that make you happy.

I added a big bow, but I think rhinestones, spiders, glow in the dark stickers and all sorts of fun things would look super cute too.

lighted jack-o-lantern

Now, just pop in a tea light or remote control candle and your Jack-o-lantern is ready for Halloween!

Cost to make the Pumpkin Pail Jack-o-lantern:

pumpkin: .98

I had everything else, but  if you had to buy all of the other items I’m pretty sure if you are thrifty you can easily purchase everything for under $10.00 and still have a ton left over to make other items.

Now please join me in visiting Terrie at Decorate And More With Tip and Niki at Life As A LEO Wife.

Terrie's pumpkins

                                                              Decorate And More With Tip

Niki's pumpkin

   Life As A LEO Wife

Until Next time…

Pumpkin pail Jack-o-lantern

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