With Halloween on the horizon, and pumpkins-a-plenty decorating homes across the land, you can make your own pumpkins stand out from the typical Jack O’Lantern in a number of different ways. One of our favorites involves using a drill and various sized drill bits to create unique patterns and designs that can range from scary to sweet. Follow the tips below and you’ll very easily know the drill!
What You Need
- A power drill
- Drill bits (various sizes : 3/16”, 1/4”, 7/16”)
- Painter’s tape
- Dry erase marker
First, as with any pumpkin decorating technique, you need to clean out the inside of the pumpkin. While it may seem easier to cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin and dig the guts out from the top, it’s actually much better to go from the bottom. Start with a room temperature pumpkin, and flip it on its side to give you access to the base. Cut a small circle around the center of the base and pull it out, then cut the excess guts from the piece you’ve pulled out. Then, using an ice cream scoop, reach in and take care of the rest. Be sure to save the seeds for a tasty snack!
Then, simply choose your drill bit and go. You can go freehand, drilling small holes as you go and coming up with the pattern as you go along, or plan ahead by using painter’s tape as a guide. You can even make a dot pattern using a dry erase marker if you like to plan ahead. The drill makes it easy to create small floral patterns, lines of dots to let light shine through, and a whole lot more.
Once you’ve finished drilling, coat the inside with Vaseline to preserve it longer.
The cut-out bottom makes it easy to light the pumpkin from the inside or display it in other ways. Place a votive candle on the cut-out bottom and back into the pumpkin and you’ve got lovely light shining through. You can also put flowers inside the pumpkin in a small glass of water the same way. If you want to get truly bright, poke string lights in each drilled hole of the pumpkin.
Take a look at some of our examples, then get ready to create your own!