Black and White Pumpkins {2 tutorials}

Over the weekend, I dug out my decorations for fall.

Admittedly, I've been pretty terrible with decorating for holidays lately.  Besides digging out my plastic Easter eggs during the spring, our decorations are simply creating dust in the basement.  But not now.  I'm busy decorating for fall!  Of course my old decorations needed a few new additions, so I got to work.

I have always been a huge fan of black and white.  So I am in LOVE with these beauties on my front porch.  Both of these pumpkins were inspired by pictures I found on Pinterest.  (Pinterest is definitely my new go-to source of inspiration!)

Just because it's Monday and I could use a double dose of something wonderful, today I want to share TWO easy pumpkin tutorials with you:

A jeweled spider pumpkin

PLUS a tights (or panty hose!) pumpkin

Let's get started...

Normally I'm not a big creepy crawly fan, but I am lovin' this jeweled spider!!

I bought a large white pumpkin at Michael's.  Here's what I did..

1.  I just had to try out the new Martha Stewart line!  So I mixed the glaze with the acrylic "pearl" paint.  I got a lovely shade with tons of shine and texture.

2.  I gave the pumpkin a few coats and let it dry.

3.  Also at Michael's (there was a great sale!), I purchased a spider jewel sticker by Martha once again.  I found some black jewels that matched the color and size of the spider fairly well to create the spider's trail.

4.  Once the paint was dry, I applied all of the jeweled stickers to the pumpkin.  Easy enough!


Here is my finished spider pumpkin!

Prettiest spider I've ever seen.


Now on to tutorial #2!  I have seen a few versions of panty hose pumpkins and I had been dying to try it out!

I found these 2 lovely little orange pumpkins at Wal-Mart for cheap.  I tore off the stems and gave these little guys a shade of Heirloom white spray paint.


I had an old pair of tights laying around--lucky for me it had an interesting pattern!  So I cut the tights in half--one leg for each pumpkin!


I just squished the pumpkin through the leg of the tights.  It was a bit tricky to get it to fit at first, but it just took a bit of pushing.  I tied a knot at the bottom of the pumpkin and cut off the extra.


At the top, I decided I wanted something stem-like.  So I stuck in a finial that happened to fit beautifully where the stem was.  Then I hot glue the bit of tights left around it to create a stem.


I LOVE how this turned out.  I love how the pattern of the tights gives the pumpkin so much personality!


These just makes me happy.

So how are YOU decorating for fall??


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  1. What a great idea with the pantyhose! So pretty.

  2. These are brilliant, Alison! Love the patterns and textures– not your traditional fall vignette! How refreshing! Happy Monday, friend. xoxo

  3. Dang! We were at Michael’s over the weekend and I found a jeweled spider on the clearance rack. I had no idea what to do with it, so I put it back! Kicking myself now!!

  4. Oh these are just perfect, perfect, perfect! I love that spider (and i ma not into the spooky either but that spider is fancy!) and the finial could not have been more brilliant. W hat 2 fabulous ideas! 🙂

  5. Love them!! That pearlescent white pumpkin is just stunning. And I’ve been wanting to try the pantyhose pumpkin, too! Or maybe a loose knit sweater… still planning that one. 😉

  6. darling. love them all. well done. winks-jen

  7. Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper says

    Love! I would be thrilled if you linked up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party.

  8. These are really darling! I don’t know which I like more, so I’ll probably have to do both 😉

  9. These look wonderful! I have some black tights I wore for a costume last year that haven’t been worn since. I’ll have to throw them on a pumpkin or two! Beautiful, thanks!

    I’d love for you to join my link party:

  10. I’ve seen the tights idea before and loved it, just haven’t gotten around to trying it yet. But I am totally loving your sparkly spider pumpkin. Very cool!

  11. Those are great. I may try the white painted pumpkin!

  12. Super cute! I saw in Marie Claire mag they did the stocking thing … love to see it in “real life”. Looks adorable!

  13. Super cute! Love the spider! 🙂

  14. Very Cool! Love the tights on the pumpkin!

  15. Such a smart idea the tights on the pumpkin, love how it all looks together!!!

  16. So cute. I am in love with white pumpkins and the white/black decorating combo this fall just love it!

  17. That spider pumpkin is so cute and creative (love the juxtaposition of the rhinestones with the shimmering paint)! I’ve seen the pantyhose pumpkins before, but haven’t tried them – maybe I should this year!

  18. These are so great! Love the tights- that’s fantastic. 🙂
    And as for decorating for fall around here, so far I have done NOTHING. Not a thing. I mean to, but haven’t yet. Still hanging onto every 80 degree day that I can get. 🙂

  19. Love it! I love anything with bling 🙂 And the panty hose pumpkins? Great idea! I’m loving black and white pumpkins, too – I made a black and white pumpkin topiary last week! I LOVE decorating for the fall!

  20. These are fantastic, great inspiration!
    I love the spider too, he’s so cute!
    I can’t believe you got the pumpkin in the tights without hitching the tights!

  21. Great idea with the tights! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  22. I am so impressed that you made these! I have pinned some of these ideas and am yet to try them. Your stocking covered pumpkins are fabulous!

    If you have 5 Minutes to spare please pop by and check out my favourite pins for the week. I actually host a Pinterest party every week and would be so honoured if you could join in and link up this post!

    Best wishes,

  23. Oh, Alison! These are perfect!!! So clever…
    I would love if you would share these at my Everything Halloween party starting this Sunday!

    Thanks so much!

  24. Great ideas! The tights make such a cool effect! I’d be thrilled if you would link this to my pumpkin craft challenge party!

  25. Love the pumpkins!Come link up to scrappy saturdays over at I’d love to see you there!


  26. Alison…these pumpkins turned out amazing! Would love if you would link these up to the Scatter Girls’ Fall Front Porch Party going on now:

  27. OOOOH! Super cute! Love them!!! great ideas! 🙂

  28. I’m totally featuring this tomorrow Alison. I just love that spider pumpkin. I’ve gotta make one! 🙂

  29. Love these! I did the first tutorial. Used a different spider sticker though. I also found some great stickers from Martha Stuewart that have a witch/moon, bats/caldron and cat. Put those on a larger white pumpkin – although they witch/moon may need some glue to keep it on. Love the idea!

  30. Allyson Hunter says

    These are such a wonderful change from the standard orange pumpkin! Love them!!!

  31. Jennifer Peaslee says

    That’s so cool, I love Halloween ideas! I wonder what the stocking pumpkin would have looked at had you not painted it, so it would be traditional orange and black? Or what about a bunch of socking pumpkins in different colors, maybe bright or neon, with a light shinning on them? We just bought our first home, and Halloween is one of my favorite holidays 😀

  32. Very interesting Tutorial and very Original Project! 🙂 I cited it in my web site:
    Thank you!


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