Create an instant and intricate design with nothing more than a pair of lacy stockings and a can of spray paint. Take note, last-minute decorators: The process takes just 15 minutes, no carving required.

Stockings cling best to a smooth surface, so look for pumpkins with shallow ridges. We chose white ones and sprayed them with orange and yellow paint. You can also use orange pumpkins -- just be sure the paint shade you pick will contrast with the skin. You can personalize your color scheme by blending a few different craft paints, then applying with an aerosol paint sprayer.


Multisurface satin craft paint, $2 for 2 oz., and spray-paint kit, in Satin, $25, by Martha Stewart Crafts,
Assorted lace stockings, $13.50 a pair,


What you need


How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Cut a section from stockings -- one pair can be used for many pumpkins -- and pull tightly around pumpkin. Use hips section for big pumpkins, legs for smaller ones.

Step 2

Cinch and knot excess at bottom. Wrap excess at top around stem, knot, and wrap stem's base with masking tape to shield it from paint, as shown above.

Step 3

In a well-ventilated area, spray-paint top half of pumpkin with 1 or 2 coats; let dry. Turn pumpkin over and repeat on bottom. Once dry, remove stockings.


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