Go for the Glow: No-Carve Glow-in-the-Dark Pumpkins
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Go for the Glow: No-Carve Glow-in-the-Dark Pumpkins

This week we are channeling our 90’s techno dance party selves with a bunch of glow-in-the-dark halloween décor projects. While we’ve been staying up too late making jungle bass mix tapes and watching the hit 1995 film Hackers, starring Angelina Jolie, we also came up with some great projects and were sure to stock our store with everything you need to make your halloween stuff glow.

We already showed you how to make vases, candles, and napkins, and if you are planning on having a bass-thumping halloween, these no-carve pumpkins are also a must. 

Ok, dust off your JNCO’s and crank up the Brostep, it’s time to dance liquid and make some phat, no-carve pumpkins. 

Materials + Tools:

– pumpkins

– blue painter’s tape

– marker/pen

printable templates

– cutting mat

– xacto knife

– glue stick

– glow-in-the-dark spray paint (available in our shop!)

Instructions: 

Starting with the Tribal Belly Band Pumpkin:

1. First cover your pumpkin in blue painter’s tape. It’s easiest to cover it in strips from top to bottom. Press the tape down so you get a nice seal.

2. Cut out the geometric template down the dotted lines and cut off the white ends on each one.

3. Cover the back of the strips in glue and place around the center of the pumpkin. You won’t get the paper to lie perfectly flat so don’t even try. Just try to keep the whole template moving around the center of the pumpkin. It took 4 strips for us to get around our pumpkin, so may need to print out more than one template.

4. Cut out the gray parts of the design. Don’t worry about slicing into the pumpkin a bit.

5. Remove the gray parts of the stencil along with the tape beneath it.

And onto the Star Struck Pumpkin:

6. Cover the pumpkin you will use with tape again like you did for the last one.

7. Cut out the gray parts of the star stencil.

8. Use the stencil to draw stars onto the tape in an arrangement that you find pleasing.

9. Cut out the stars with your xacto and remove the tape.

Now, finally the Geometric Mosaic Pumpkin:

10. Use painter’s tape (we recommend 1/2”) to create geometric shapes on your pumpkin.

11. Now we are ready to spray all three pumpkins with glow-in-the-dark spray paint.

12. Spray a coat or two on each, then peel off painter’s tape and let ’em glow!

As far as pumpkins go, we went with two orange and one ghost white.

We also printed up these awesome templates for tribal stripes and stars that look just like the ones that were on your ceiling in middle school.

Let’s start things off with the Tribal Belly Band Pumpkin.

First, cover your entire pumpkin with painter’s tape. For real!

Cut out the tribal template down the dotted lines and cut off the white ends on each one.

Cover the back of the strips in glue and place around the center of the pumpkin. You won’t get the paper to lie perfectly flat so don’t even try. Just try to keep the whole template moving around the center of the pumpkin. It took 4 strips for us to get around our pumpkin, so may need to print out more than one template.

Use an xacto knife to cut out the gray parts of the design. Don’t worry about slicing into the pumpkin a bit. Remove the gray parts of the stencil along with the tape beneath it.

Next up, Star Struck!

Cover the pumpkin you will use with tape again like you did for the last one. Print out your star stencil and cut the gray stars out. Use a Sharpie to trace them onto your tape-covered pumpkin.

Cut out the stars with your xacto and remove the tape.

And finally an old favorite, the Geometric Mosaic.

Use painter’s tape (we recommend 1/2”) to create geometric shapes on your pumpkin.

Now we are ready to spray all three pumpkins with glow-in-the-dark spray paint. Spray outside or in a well-ventilated area. We painted 2-3 coats on each of our pumpkins.

Peel off the tape, and let that glowing paint charge up.

They look pretty glowing even in daylight, don’t you think? Now… let’s turn the lights off…

Wahoo! How dope do those rave-ready punkins look?

Which design is your favorite? What are your no-carve pumpkin tricks? Talk to us in the comments below.