Pumpkin DIY

By: Brittany Patrick, Columnist 

Pumpkin season is here, and now is the time to start decorating. Something different I’ve noticed this year is all of the light indigo colored pumpkins and gourds. Muted shades of blue with little specks of white showing through – these have got to be my favorite ones of the season.

It’s always fun to come up with new ways to decorate them, and I’m really excited to share this DIY with you all. I’ve carved and painted pumpkins before, but never did I think to incorporate a henna technique until now. Here’s how to put a unique twist on holiday pumpkin decorating!

The white and blue pumpkins ended up working out best with these techniques, but classic orange is forever a fan favorite, so don’t be shy if you want to stick to the traditional holiday color.

Next, you’ll need some henna. Most craft stores should carry this. This is simple to use – depending on the type you get, just follow the directions to prepare it. Mine was ready in 45 minutes.

First, draw out your design in pencil directly onto the gourd or pumpkin. The henna application process will be a lot easier if you have a line to follow.

The earthy color of the henna looks great against a lighter color, so I chose to use it on the white pumpkin. Starting from the top and working your way down works best. Try to keep a steady hand, and the more consistent you are with the line thickness, the better your design will look.

The henna looks great on mini pumpkins too. If you are crunched for time, try picking up a few of these to decorate.

Once you are done, set the pumpkin aside to allow all of the henna to dry completely.

The end result is unique, and a fun alternative to traditional pumpkin carving!

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