$8 Pumpkin Lamp

Craft pumpkins are the perfect decoration for fall, Halloween or Thanksgiving, but they are so darned expensive! I have bought a few and made floral arrangements from them, but what I’ve really wanted to do is make a festive lamp! I planned it out in my head; The jack-o-lantern face, the lighted cord attachment and the painted finish. Something ghoulish but cottage-chic, perfect for fall.


Between planning a craft show (I’ll explain another time), home schooling and work I haven’t had a lot of time to make pretty things for myself. So imagine how excited I was last night when I was picking up milk at Walmart and came across this little plastic gem!

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$8 – and it was carved AND lighted! Since a craft pumpkin alone costs more than $15 I was pretty excited. If you are trying this yourself, they had different carvings and sizes, just find one that suits you and bring it home!

First I painted it entirely black. Plain craft paint, two coats. Make sure you get the inside rim of the eye, nose and mouth sockets. Let it dry.

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Next I mixed 2 paints together, 3:1. True Orange and Burnt Umber. I painted in broad strokes over the pumpkin and then used a paper towel to smear it off. Rub it off in circles and let it dry. One coat.



Next, I used a cranberry metallic (craft) paint and brushed in thin, downward strokes. This isn’t a solid coat, more of an added texture. Let it dry. You can see the textured finish here:


Use a small brush and add another coat of black paint into the rims of the eyes, nose and mouth sockets. I used a small sponge to blend the outside edges into the outer finish. I also repainted the stem and used the sponge to drag the black into the finish on top as well.



Cover an area with newspaper and give it 2 coats of Gold Glitter spray. After an hour of drying time, spray with an Acrylic Clear Coat.

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I finished mine with some brown coil wire and raffia paper, but you can add whatever you like! Fall leaves, embed in a centerpiece, etc.


I love the way it turned out! It’s the perfect addition to my bookcase for the fall season and took me almost no time at all! If you’re like me and you have lots of craft paint around the house, this will be super quick and easy. Most of all, I love that it only cost me $8 :).

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