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Foreboding Tree Shadow Pumpkins

Our foreboding tree "shadow" casts a pall over this foyer bench, and would look just as bewitching stacked on your porch steps.

painted tree branch pumpkin

Photography: Ted Cavanaugh

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2017


  • Pumpkins
  • Grease pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Black matte paint


  1. Pile some eerie pumpkins. (Tip: For a truly ghoulish vibe, go for specimens with a naturally greenish tint, including the knobby Hubbard variety.)
  2. Draw the outline of a leafless tree over several of them with a grease pencil, then fill it in using a brush and matte black paint.
  3. To throw extra shade, add a faux crow to the haunting scene.

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