Decorating a pumpkin is no easy decision. Considering you only take on this art project once a year, you want it to be original, showstopping, creative—in other words, your best idea yet. So what do you choose? Painting? Embroidered appliqués? Studs and spikes? Carving a scary face? Or a cute one? And if carving a portrait of your pet isn't necessarily for you, but you still want to go for something non-traditional, we've got an intergalactic-meets-extravagant idea.
Our constellation art pumpkin will wow the trick-or-treaters at your doorstep. And what's even better is that it's super easy to do yourself. With our printable template, the hardest thing you have to do is decide how you want to arrange the connected stars on your pumpkin.
The beauty of this design is its simplicity. What you're really doing is creating a number of holes in your pumpkin and connecting them with gouged lines (this is where a steady hand will come in handy). From there, let the string lights you'll place inside your finished pumpkin do the real work of showing off your carved pumpkin art. To make sure each constellation gets a fair amount of shine, you can pin an individual bulb from a light strand to each constellation "star." If you're short on time, a battery-powered candle will do the trick and still look stunning, if only a bit more subtle.
If you're looking to get a more celestial-inspired splatter-paint look for your pumpkin, every color in the cosmos is at your disposal: Go with grey, silver, purple, or black for a real space vibe. Alternatively, search for a gourd that has natural discoloration while you're out pumpkin picking.
If you're looking for a pumpkin carving activity for young DIY-ers, give this one a try. Since the design is so simple and there's a limited amount of actual carving happening, it's ideal for a family project. Whoever said pumpkins had to be earth-bound?
Feeling inspired? Watch how to carve a pumpkin like a pro: