DIY Glowing Sugar Skull Pumpkin

Posted in Create, Fall
on October 12, 2017

Carving a pumpkin is a traditional Halloween experience. But, no-carve pumpkins can be lots of fun too! This year we made a fun DIY Glowing Sugar Skull Pumpkin!

With young kids, carving pumpkins with sharp knives and tough-to-cut pumpkin rinds, can be stressful for me. I still like letting the kids get involved and doing Halloween crafts and no-carve pumpkins are great for kids. When I saw this glow in the dark paint in the Halloween section of our local craft store, I knew it would make a fun Halloween craft.

Living in Tucson, we often see a lot of sugar skulls around because of the local culture. Over the past few years I’ve started incorporating sugar skulls into my Halloween decor. Hence, this Glowing Sugar Skull Pumpkin craft!

DIY Glowing Sugar Skull Pumpkin

This DIY Glowing Sugar Skull Pumpkin isn’t too complicated but does take a steady hand and some creativity creating a design. Trace out your design with a pencil on your pumpkin. This will help you not make mistakes when you start with the paint.

Pull up different sugar skull pictures and let kids pick and choose what sugar skull features they like and want on the pumpkin. Flower eyes are a must!

Using a steady hand, trace your designs with the glow in the dark paint.

The glow in the dark paint looks really good in the dark (above) and also is really cool in the blacklight (below).

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  • Vicki

    This is such a great idea! I’ve not seen these glow in the dark paints before – will have to hunt some out…

    October 15, 2017 at 5:58 pm Reply
  • Susan

    This looks brilliant. Love the effect you’ve created. x #makeitlinky

    October 16, 2017 at 6:29 pm Reply
  • Kayla Uimari

    I’m so glad I found this post before I bought a pumpkin to decorate!! Now I have some super cool info, thanks for posting!

    October 17, 2017 at 5:23 pm Reply
  • Melissa

    This looks like so much fun! I love carving pumpkins, but I never tried of making it like this. The glow in the dark is definitely a plus and more to put it by the door at night! Thanks for sharing.

    October 17, 2017 at 5:45 pm Reply
  • Kristi McAllister

    This is a super cute idea! I love to carve pumpkins but like you, it gets stressful for me cutting through the rind. Plus, I usually mess it up! Thanks for such a great idea!

    October 17, 2017 at 6:09 pm Reply
  • brittany

    Wow this is such a cute idea! I think my boys would have a lot of fun trying this out.

    October 17, 2017 at 7:36 pm Reply
  • Allison R Lancaster

    This is so adorable! I need to plan a ‘moms night in’ and do something like this- it would be fun to decorate pumpkins with friends and this is a great idea!

    October 17, 2017 at 9:02 pm Reply
  • Mary

    This is such a cute idea, my girls would love it! I really like how it looks great in the light and in the dark.

    October 17, 2017 at 11:33 pm Reply
  • Amanda Rosson

    What a cute idea! Definitely a lot less messier than pumpkin carving! I think I’m going to go the non-carving route for the first time this year! Will have to keep this glow in the dark idea in mind!

    October 18, 2017 at 4:07 am Reply
  • Leslie

    This looks so cool I may just give up carving pumpkins this year. It’s so much work! lol

    October 18, 2017 at 10:39 am Reply
  • Sarah

    This is so fun, and so much easier than carving! I think I want to make one of these for outside our house this year!

    October 18, 2017 at 1:46 pm Reply
  • Helena

    I like this take on decorating pumpkins and agree with you that knives and kids don’t mix. Is the paint edible too? #MakeItLinky

    October 18, 2017 at 4:03 pm Reply
  • Yona Williams

    I never thought of decorating a pumpkin with glow in the dark paint. I love the results, and under a black light, it’s definitely even cooler!

    October 18, 2017 at 8:01 pm Reply
  • Krystal // The Krystal Diaries

    This is so cute! I love sugar skull designs. I probably won’t get around to decorating pumpkins this year but I’m going to try this for next year!

    October 18, 2017 at 8:36 pm Reply
  • Ali Gilbert

    Oh stop it!! This is just brilliant! Love!!

    October 24, 2017 at 9:36 pm Reply
  • Sarah

    I love this! It’s so pretty!

    November 4, 2017 at 10:48 pm Reply
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