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DIY Black & White Hand Sketched Sharpie Pumpkins

Today I’m sharing a quick and easy DIY Halloween craft: turning thrift store faux pumpkins into cute and custom hand sketched pumpkins using oil based sharpie paint pens.

There is something about Halloween that begs and screams for black and white decor.

And, as much as I love colour all year round, it just feels so right to go with the crisp contrast of black and white for this short lived season.

I can’t wait to share a few fun little Halloween decor touches that we’ve added around here (mini tour coming tomorrow)… but I also wanted to share a super easy and fun way to give some dollar store finds an elegantly adorable Halloween feel.

These cute little DIY sharpie pumpkins have been a favourite project of mine for a long while, and I’ll hope you love them just as much as I do!

Super Cute DIY Hand Sketched Sharpie Pumpkins poster.

To make these you need:

If you’ve purchased already-white mini pumpkins, then you can skip this step.

Remove the stems (you can spray them or paint them with craft paint separately). Then spray paint your pumpkins white (I used the paint and primer in one to make sure it would adhere and it’s held up beautifully!).

Spray painting the pumpkins.

Then go to town with your creativity, and use sharpie oil based paint pens to sketch any kinds of designs that you like.

Two sharpies.

I love how cute they look on our buffet all decorated for Halloween…

White pumpkins with black details on them.

A vintage typewriter on the sideboard.

A white ornate mirror.

You can learn how to download that fun little printable Halloween banner “Trick or Treat” right here!

I moved these adorable pumpkins over to our main mantel for our Halloween house tour…

There are pumpkins on the fireplace mantel.

There are white pumpkins with drawings of detail on them with the black sharpie.

There are polka dots and spiders on the pumpkins.

I love how these decorated pumpkins look on our mantel!

Pumpkins and black netting.

You can check out the full mini house tour here!

Today I’ve got some super talented friends who are also sharing their Halloween DIYs and craft with y’all today, as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Fall Series…

Today I’m excited to be joining a group of 16 bloggers who are also sharing a Halloween DIY or Craft project today! Hop around to take in all this stunning inspiration…

DIY Black & White Sharpie Pumpkins at The Happy Housie 
DIY Halloween Doormat at Lolly Jane  
DIY Felt Bat Pillow at Paint Me Pink  
Spooky Glam Halloween Dollar Store Wreath at The DIY Mommy

DIY Lighted Halloween Sign at Confessions of a Serial DIYer
Tips & Tricks for DIY Hand Lettered Pumpkins at Lemon Thistle
Scrap Fabric Lighted Halloween Garland at Clean and Scentsible
Polka Dot Pumpkin Lanterns at Finding Silver Pennies

Cheesecloth Mummy Lanterns at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Decorated Baby Boo Pumpkins at Town and Country Living
Spooky Wispy Halloween Wreath at A Pretty Life
Halloween Cloche DIY at Deeply Southern Home

DIY Creepy Halloween Floral Arrangement at House by Hoff
Easy & Elegant Halloween Wreath at Hallstrom Home
10 Minute Glam Halloween Masquerade Mask at Summer Adams
Crow Halloween Wreath at So Much Better With Age

Want to remember all these awesome DIY Halloween ideas? 

Then just pin it!

16 Adorably Spooky Halloween DIYS.


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  1. Just darling, Krista! I’m so afraid of sharpies because I do not have a steady hand lol Your pumpkins turned out so cute! xoxo -Norma

  2. so creative and darling! hope i’m not to late to the dollar store!! do you mind sharing the source for that lovely mirror? Thank you!!

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