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26 Bullet Journal Monthly Covers You’ll Want To Copy

26 Awesome Bullet Journal Monthly Covers You Will Want To Copy! www.gorgeouscrafts.co.uk


I recently started a bullet journal – if you haven’t heard of bullet journals before then where on earth have you been!? You are missing out!!  You can find out  how it should work here or check out my Pinterest board for more bullet journal cover pages and layouts.  Bullet journals are meant to be part diary and part journal.  Many bullet journal users create monthly cover pages but how do you decide how to decorate it?

Well, that’s why I decided to write this post, today is the second of February 2018 and I still haven’t created my monthly cover page.  Ugh! I know, I know, I should have sorted this out days ago but 31st January is the deadline for self assessment tax returns and I’ve been concentrating on that.  Now that (horrible) job is out of the way I’ve been looking around for some inspiration, here are some of my favourites…

It’s all about the love!

As 14th February is Valentine’s Day I expected to see hearts everywhere, I’m pleased to say I was wrong, but we couldn’t have a post about a February monthly cover without having some hearts…

Gothic Covers

These two appeal to my inner goth, both beautifully drawn…

Someone said February was the month of hearts and stuff? from bulletjournal

Crystal layouts

Although the artist behind the next cover isn’t happy with the end result I think it’s lovely…

Floral Covers

I know I’m early for February but the next weeks will be pretty hectic and I like to be prepared ☺️ I changed up my monthly title again. I'm sticking with flowers because they're just so pretty but I just haven't found #plannerpeace with my title yet. I really like how practical the "month at a glance" is but I'm just not sure if I like the look of it 😅 . . QOTD: Would flowers on the right page might help? . . Tutorials used: Hydrangea by @bonjournal_ . . Supplies featured: @leuchtturm1917 , A5, dotted @fabercastellglobal , Broadpen, Black . . . . #leuchtturm1917 #bulletjournal #bujo #bujojunkies #stationery #stationeryaddict #sharemybujo #planneraddict #showmeyourplanner #showmeyourbulletjournal #mentalhealth #swissbujosquad #flatlay #february #monthly #bonjournal

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My Bullet Journal is ready for February, and yours? ⭐️

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Minimist and Elegant

February cover page, simple black and white ⚫️⚪️

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The Natural World

✋ HELLO FEBRUARY 🤚 Anyone else bowled over that it’s nearly February already? 😱 I’m having a play around with a whole new notebook this month! It’s the @dingbatsnotebooks Brown Bear and I ❤️❤️❤️ it! The pages are slightly wider than a normal notebook and the pages are extra thick. Don’t get me wrong, I still absolutely adore my @williamhannahuk notebook, and will be using that for some different things this month! 🙌 This cool clouds pattern was inspired by a pattern I found on Pinterest by the amazing @eloiserenouf! Definitely go and check out her awesome work 😍😍 . . . . . #bujocollection #bujolove #planning #journal #handlettering #plan #journaling #bujoideasrepost #monthlylog #bujocommunity #bulletjournalcollection #bulletjournalss #monthlylayout #bujojunkies #planneraddict #showmeyourplanner #bujoideas #bujoinspire #bulletjournaling #yestombow #bulletjournaljunkies #bujo #bujobeauty #stationaryaddict #bulletjournal #planner #monthlyspread #bujomonthly #hellofebruary #dingbatsnotebooks

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I hope you’ve enjoyed drooling over these covers as much as I have – which one did you like best?





26 Awesome Bullet Journal Monthly Covers you will want to copy!

Polymer Clay Pet Momento Tutorial

Polymer clay ornament, tutorial on how to create a pet momento using fimo. www.gorgeouscrafts.co.uk #polymerclayornament #polymerclay #saltdoughornament

We recently lost one of our dogs, Penny, to cancer. She was only 12 years old and the softest dog you could ever wish for.  In what was clearly going to be her last few weeks with us I desperately cast around for some way to preserve some memories of her. I hit upon this post in Pinterest which uses salt dough to create an ornament with your child’s footprint. This was the perfect way to create a little memento of Penny that we could keep.  However, I wanted something a little more durable (some of our salt dough ornaments got damp a few years back and melted) so I decided to use an oven bake polymer clay instead.

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Being the kind of craft stash hoarder / gatherer that I am, I bought some plain white polymer clay on Amazon*. In my impatience for it to arrive I visited my local craft shop and found that they too stocked the polymer clay but with added sparkle! How can you turn down a bit of sparkle?!

Needless to say I bought a few more blocks of polymer clay in white glitter and a dark blue glitter (I figured I’d make up some paw print ornaments for my other dog, Turner, at some point).

Polymer clay ornament - what you need

Here’s what you need:

  1.  Block of polymer clay (I used Fimo which is oven baked but you could just as easily use an air drying clay, simply follow the instructions on the pack regarding drying times).
  2. Rolling pin
  3. Baking paper
  4. Drinking straw or skewer (to make the hole)
  5. Oven tray
  6. Optional: round cookie cutter – if you don’t  have a cookie cutter you can substitute with a tub or a cup that is an appropriate size.  To be honest, I didn’t even think of this at the time so our ornaments ended up with an uneven edge – I like to think of it as a ‘rustic’ look.


  1.  Pre-heat your oven to 110°C/230°F (use manufacturers recommendations for fan assisted ovens).
  2. Open the pack of polymer clay, break it in half and start rolling one half into a ball in your hands to warm it up a little.  This will make it a little softer and easier to use.  You might want to use more or less depending upon the size of your pet’s paw.
  3. Tear off a piece of baking paper (no larger than your oven tray) and place the ball of clay onto it.
  4. Using the rolling pin start rolling out the clay until it is roughly 5mm thick (it doesn’t matter if it is a little thicker but you don’t want to make it too thin).  Ours ended up being 7cm across.
  5. Then comes the fun part… put the baking paper and the clay on the floor (or table if your pet is small enough to pick up) and press your pet’s paw into the clay.

Penny was too big to be picked up so we had to place the clay on the floor and try to press her paw into it.  This wasn’t easy as it sounds because Turner, being the nosey greyhound that he is, kept barging through to see what we were up to and trampling over our work.  After some hysterical bouts of laughter and some re-rolled clay, we finally(!) managed to get a print we were happy with.

  1.  Now you have your modelling clay with a paw print impression on it, if you wish you can use a cookie cutter or whatever you have to hand to cut out the print and give it a nice edge.
  2.  Use a drinking straw or skewer to make a hole for the ribbon.
  3. Place the baking paper and the clay print onto a baking tray and bake in the oven for a maximum of 30 minutes.  I ended up leaving it in for 25 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.  Thread with ribbon and hang.

polymer clay ornamentThe paw print looked so cute we made two more.  I decided to leave mine plain but you could always use acrylic paint to colour the actual print and decorate the edge.  If you do be sure to use an acrylic sealer to protect the paint.

In the end I only used one block of fimo so there is plenty left over for other projects (watch this space!).

Happy crafting!

Polymer clay ornament, tutorial on how to create a pet momento using fimo. www.gorgeouscrafts.co.uk #polymerclayornament #polymerclay #saltdoughornament






Handmade With Love Super Bundle

Get the Handmade With Love Super Bundle - over 200 projects and patterns for under £25 (worth over £1000!)

Life is a whirlwind – this, you know.

So you must unwind in some way.

The question is, how do you relax after a long day at work, or a wild (but precious) day of caring for your small children?

If you’re like most of us, you might scroll through your Instagram or Facebook feed; or turn on Netflix. Just do something easy.

But one of my absolute, favourite things to do is sit down and make something.

At first, I didn’t actually think I was creative enough (I didn’t think I had the time to do it, either).  Sure, I loved looking at gorgeous, inspiring, crafty things that other people did, but it took me a while to step out and do it myself.

But here’s what I’ve found: when I make something, it’s actually a form of self-care.

Yes, it takes a teensy bit more effort to get a project out and start working on it, but once I’ve started?  Time flies and it’s a million times more satisfying and rejuvenating than doing something more passive.

Plus, I have the added benefit of creating one-of-a-kind gifts for people I love, or designing works of art that bring beauty to my home.

These days, I wouldn’t dream of dropping my creative time. It’s precious to me, and always time well spent.

If you’re ready for the soothing, tactile experience of working with fabric, yarn, and thread, or to find a sense of creativity and artistry you never even knew you had, you need to check out the Handmade With Love Super Bundle.

It’s a collection of 200+ patterns, projects, and step-by-step tutorials to help you unplug, recharge, and relax in the best way possible.

Here’s the really sweet thing…

When you start looking for projects, you might be trying to decide whether to make a quilt, knit a scarf, or crochet a baby blanket, but the really good news is you don’t actually have to choose.

When you buy the bundle (worth around £1,000!) you get all the projects for one price, ready and waiting whenever you want to start the next one.

And (are you ready for this?) it’s just $29.97 – or under £25 for us Brits! Result!

There is a catch, of course (there has to be, right?). But it’s a pretty simple one: the sale ends on Monday, December 4th, at midnight.

That’s it. It’s just that such a special deal can only be offered for a short time (and they’re pretty sticky about not allowing late sales, to make it fair to everyone involved).

So, if you’re already raring to  go, you can check out all the beautiful details and enchanting projects right here:

Okay, let’s talk about what’s inside.

With over 200 patterns, projects, and step-by-step tutorials, you’ll find dreamy projects to create, new ways to sharpen your skills, or even a whole new technique to play with (quilting! fabric dyeing! rug making! weaving!).


Here's what's included in the Handmade With Love Super Bundle

Here’s the full list


  • Applique Made Easy: A Beginner’s Guide to Simple Applique Techniques by Leslie Rutland ($12.00)
  • The Joy of Christmas Quilted Dinner Set by Liuxin Newman ($24.99)
  • Baby Storybook: A Day at Home with Bearhug & Honeybun by Sedef Imer ($14.00)
  • Lovely Liberty Cushion: A Needleturn Applique Project by Emma Jean Jansen ($10.50)


  • A Doll Like Me: A Collection of Customizable Crochet Doll Patterns PLUS A Beginner’s Guide to Amigurumi by Stacey Trock ($20.00)
  • Crochet Earrings by Dobi Ivanova ($7.00)
  • Imagical Seasons: Spring, Crochet Couture for Kids 2-12 by Alla Koval ($24.95)
  • Slouch Hat Crochet Patterns (Vol. 2) by Rebecca Langford ($7.99)
  • The Perfect Product Line: The Grace Collection by Pam Grice ($16.00)
  • The Plaid Collection: 14 Cozy Crochet Patterns in Classic Plaid by Bethany Dearden ($6.99)
  • Crochet Rug Making by Morgan Roberts ($15.00)
  • Little Miss Wheo by Carla Schwind ($5.50)

Cross Stitch

  • Cross Stitch Pattern Collection by Susan Fitzgerald ($18.00)
  • Geometric Birds & Animals Collection by galabornpatterns ($38.94)
  • Spirited Animals Bundle : Queen Bee and Spirited Animals Alphabet by Dana Batho (business name Peacock & Fig) ($19.98)
  • Summer/Winter Wreath by Jenny Van De Wiele ($10.00)


  • Creative Cloth by Linda Matthews ($15.00)
  • Printing on Fabric: Instinctual Mark-Making, Screen & Stencil Printing by Ellie Beck ($47.00)
  • Shibori & Natural Dyeing Course by Francesca Stone ($25.00)
  • Welcome to Weaving: Tips and Tricks for Weaving on a Frame Loom from Start to Finish by Lindsey Campbell ($30.00)
  • Luna: Macrame Wall Hanging Pattern by Krystle Luvis ($13.80)


  • 23 Easy-to-Make Christmas Ornaments: Three eBooks in One! by Erica Hite ($14.00)
  • Embroidery Pattern Set by Pumora ($94.00)
  • Insect Embroidery Pattern Set by Sarah Milligan ($18.00)
  • Modern Embroidery Pattern Set by Stitcharama ($10.00)
  • The Embroidery Project: All In The Details by Mollie Johanson ($35.00)
  • The Girl Gang: An Embroidery Pattern Bundle by cozyblue by Liz Stiglets ($20.00)
  • Brother Rabbit: Raised Embroidery by Anna Scott ($7.35)


  • Cozy Christmas Knits by Jessica Bolof ($22.00)
  • Double or Nothing: Reversible Knitting for the Adventurous by Alasdair Post-Quinn ($17.95)
  • Essential Baby Knits by Tatsiana Matsiuk ($20.00)
  • How To Arm Knit with Cowl, Blanket and Pouf Pattern by Anne Weil ($16.00)
  • Weekend: Simple, Modern Knits by Jen Geigley ($27.00)
  • Fair Isle Knitting by Liat Gat ($26.77)
  • Fairy Tale Gloves by Shehla Ahmed ($5.99)


  • Color in Quilting: A Trio of Simple Quilt Patterns + a Lesson in Effective Color Placement by Alison Glass ($36.00)
  • DIY Block Design: Your Designs From Sketchbook To Quilt by Alyce Blyth ($15.50)
  • Mother’s Medallion Quilt by Becky Dietz & Cindy Leis ($35.00)
  • Quilting Jetgirl Best Selling Patterns by Yvonne Fuchs ($30.00)
  • Solids: Five Quilt Patterns by Lauren Terry ($10.00)
  • Get Quilty by Elise Cripe ($18.00)
  • Patchwork Planner & Journal by Becky Jorgensen ($14.99)


  • 10 Simple Sewing Projects for the Home: Even If You Only Know How to Sew a Straight Line by Corey Willis ($20.00)
  • How to Sew Japanese Sewing Patterns by Rin Gomura-Elkan ($25.00)
  • Retro Rucksack & Penfield Pocket Tote: Two Essential Bag Sewing Patterns by Sara Curtis ($19.00)
  • Sewing Fancy Dresses for Little Girls (Aged 3 and Under) by Tatiana Kozorovitsky ($19.99)
  • Sewing School 101: Simple Tips to Get You Stitching by Nicole Bennett ($9.99)
  • Art Caddy Tote by Virginia Lindsay ($8.00)
  • Happytown Dolls: Maisie and Max Fly Kites by Anne Oliver ($9.99)
  • Hipster Teddy Bear by Stephanie Woodson ($7.00)
  • Mr and Mrs Deer: DIY Woodland Felt Decorations by Jenny Blair ($7.00)
  • Patchwork Elephant and Baby Quilt by Abby Glassenberg ($9.00)


  • Free 6 Month Digital Magazine Subscription + Instant Download of the Latest Issue from Make Modern ($29 value)
  • “Rock Your Craft Fair” Digital Planner from Crochetpreneur

Early Bird Bonus

  • If you buy the bundle before midnight Thursday 30th November you get any online course (up to $70 value) from Craftsy absolutely FREE!

It’s basically a crafter’s dream collection. Swoon.

And even better? You’ll get all these projects and fresh patterns – created by hip, modern designers like Allison Glass, Elise Blaha-Cripe, Anne Weil, Rebecca Langford, and Liat Gat (plus 47 others) for just $29.97 – or under £25 to you and me (depending upon the exchange rate at the time of purchase).  In total the bundle is worth around £1,000!

How is it possible to get all of this so inexpensively?

The creators of these patterns, tutorials, courses and more joined forces to offer this incredibly special bundle, but just for a super short period of time. Once the sale’s over, they’ll go back to selling their products and patterns at full price.

I really can’t speak highly enough about the quality and value of what’s inside, especially for this price!

How can you get your hands on the Handmade with Love Super Bundle?

This is how it works:

  1. Visit the website https://us154.isrefer.com/go/HWLSB2017/a12328/, take a quick look at all the delightful projects you’ll be able to create with this package, then click the pink “Get my copy now!” button to go through their simple and secure 3-step checkout process.
  2. You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks and patterns, signing up for your online courses, and redeeming your free bonus offers.
  3. Use their Getting Started Guide to pick the project or technique you want to try your hand at first and start creating!

Don’t forget that this bundle is available for just 8 days! After Monday night, December 4th, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

It’s even backed by a 30 day full money-back happiness guarantee, so you can make sure it’s right for you.

The Ultimate Bundles team have a customer service  that is amazing, they truly want to make sure you’re taken care of and that you love your bundle.

If you’re ready to spend more time making and unplugging from technology this season, this is just what you need.

Create one-of-a-kind items to wear, gift, decorate with, and simply enjoy, with this curated, convenient, and super affordable library of patterns and projects.

I’ve already bought my copy, why not grab yours now:

Happy crafting everyone!

Santa Mug Cosy – Free Crochet Pattern

Santa Mug Cosy - free crochet pattern at www.gorgeouscrafts.co.uk

December is nearly here already(!) so my thoughts have been turning towards creating stocking fillers ready for the Christmas Craft Fairs that I’ll be attending as well as for friends and family.

One of my biggest sellers at Christmas fairs has got to be my Christmas themed mug cosies.  My crocheted mug cosies always get a lot of attention but the Christmas cosies do tend to fly off the table.  So with the Christmas spirit in mind I have decided to share my Santa mug cosy pattern with you.

You can whip these up very quickly and they make a great stocking filler.  Add them to a plain mug; throw in a hot chocolate sachet; some marshmallows and a mint candy cane and you have a great little gift for teachers or your Secret Santa.

The best thing about this cosy is that it is reversible because rather than using the traditional button closure, this cosy has loops that go around the handle.

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links (*), meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase.


Stitch Abbreviations

CH = Chain
SS = Slip Stich
DC = Double Crochet (US terms = single crochet)
HTC = Half Treble Crochet (US terms = half double crochet)
TC = Treble Crochet (US terms = double crochet)

Santa Mug Cosy Crochet Pattern

Mug Cosy Base

This pattern is written in UK terms

Row 1. Using white yarn and leaving a long tail (about 20cm) CH 61.
Row 2. HTC in 2nd CH from the hook (counts as first stitch), HTC in each of the next 39 chains leaving 20CH unworked, finish off and weave in this one end of yarn (if you wish to make a neater edge work this row in the back bar of each stitch (the bumpy bit on the back)).

You will work the remainder of the pattern across these 40 stitches, don’t worry about the 20CH yet, you’ll come back to that at the end.

Santa Mug Cosy - free crochet pattern at www.gorgeouscrafts.co.uk

Row 3. Join red yarn, CH2 (does not count as a stitch), TC in the same stitch, TC in each stitch across, CH2 turn (40)
Row 4. TC in same stitch, TC across, CH2 turn (40)
Row 5. TC in same stitch, TC across, finish off and weave in ends (40)
Row 6. Join black yarn, CH2 (does not count as a stitch), TC in the same stitch, TC across, finish off and weave in ends (40)
Row 7 to 9. Repeat rows 3 to 5.
Row 10. Join white yarn, CH1 (does not count as a stitch), HTC in the same stitch, HTC across, CH1 turn (40).
Row 11. DC in first stitch, DC across, CH20 and SS to the last stitch of Row 1 to form a mug handle loop.  Weave in end.

To finish the cosy base, thread the long tail from the 20CH in Row 1 onto a tapestry needle and attach to the first stitch of Row 11 to form the second mug handle loop.  Weave in all ends.

Adding the buckle

Lastly, you will want to place the belt buckle approx cm in from one end.  I used two strands of yellow yarn and the darning/tapestry needle to embroider the buckle using a chain stitch, however, you can use any stitch you like to create the buckle.

Weave in the ends on the back of the cosy and you are done!

I hope you enjoy making your Santa mug cosies and if you share them on Twitter or Instagram don’t forget to tag me in @GorgeousCrafts.

Happy Crafting




For an advert free pdf printable version of the pattern please visit my Etsy Shop: Gorgeous Crafts UK

Copyright of Gorgeous Crafts 2017. This pattern is for unlimited personal use. Do not reproduce or sell the pattern as your own. The pattern may not be copied in any way (print or digitally), in part or in full.  You may sell items that are made from this pattern but please credit www.gorgeouscrafts.co.uk and add a link back to this post where possible. Shop owners, if you wish to make a kit with yarn using this pattern, please request permission and copyright details from the designer before offering any kits for sale.

Free Santa Mug Cozy Crochet Pattern
Free Santa Mug Cosy Crochet Pattern

Moroccan Messy Bun Hat Pattern

Free Moroccan Messy Bun Hat Pattern

Messy bun hats were all the rage last year. As the messy bun is still a popular hairstyle I’m betting the messy bun hats will be in demand this year as well!

These hats are great stash busters and when I found a couple of balls of yarn in my stash I started thinking about what hat to make.

I have always loved the Moroccan Midnight Slouch Hat by Moogly (you can find the pattern here) but didn’t quite have enough yarn for the full slouchy hat so I decided to have a go at modifying Moogly’s pattern to be a messy bun hat.

I was so pleased with the result I thought I would share my modifications with you.

What you’ll need:

  • Slightly less yarn than mentioned in Moogly’s pattern (she states 260 total yds Aran weight yarn in 2 colours – see her full yarn details here)
  • 5.5 mm (US – I) crochet hook
  • 6.5mm (US- K) crochet hook
  • 2 stitch markers
  • tapestry needle to weave in ends

Messy Bun Hat Pattern:

You’ll need to switch between this page and  Moogly’s Moroccan Midnight Slouch Hat Pattern, which you can find here (opens in a new tab so you can easily switch between the two).

Round 1 to 14: Follow Moogly’s pattern  (22 (24) V sts)

Round 15: (begin to decrease) Replace hook in active loop of Colour A, CSDC, ch1, dc between first and last V of the row before the previous round.  Dc between the next V sts, enclosing previous round *[dc, ch1, dc] between the next V sts, enclosing previous round.  Repeat from * 9 (10) times.  Dc between the next V sts, enclosing previous round.  **[Dc, ch1, dc] between next V sts, enclosing previous round.  Repeat from ** to end.  Join with sl st to CSDC.  Remove hook from loop, add a stitch marker in loop so it doesn’t pull out.  (20 (22) Vsts and 2dc)

Round 16:  Repeat round 8 of Moogly’s pattern. (20 (22) V sts)

Round 17:  Follow the instructions for round 31 of Moogly’s pattern. (10 (11) V sts and 10 (11) dc sts)

Round 18:  Follow the instructions for round 32 of Moogly’s pattern. (10 (11) V sts)

Round 19: Replace hook in active loop of colour A, CSDC, ch1 between first and last V sts of the row before the previous round.  *Dc in top of dc from row before the previous round, ch1.  Repeat from * to end.  Join with sl st to CSDC. (10 (11) dc sts and 10 (11) ch-spaces)

Round 20: Continuing with colour A, ch1, sc in same stitch.  *Sc in ch-space, sc in top of dc from previous round.  Repeat from * to end.  Seamless join to first sc and weave in ends. (20 (22) sc sts)

And that’s it, you’re done!  I hope you like this Moroccan Messy Bun Hat version of Moogly’s  Moroccan Midnight Slouch – let me know!

Happy crafting

Heidi xx

Written pattern copyright Tamara Kelly 2014. If you wish to make items for sale from this pattern, please visit Tamara’s About page for details.

Free Moroccan Messy Bun Hat Pattern. Crochet Pattern

No-carve Pumpkins: DIY Painted Pumpkin Tutorial

No-carve Pumpkins Tutorial - three painted pumpkin techniques using acrylic paint. www.gorgeouscrafts.co.uk

Halloween is just days away and I am loving all of the no-carve pumpkins that keep popping up in my Pinterest feed.  Normally my son and I carve a couple of pumpkins together but as he’s away at University I thought, this year, I would do something different.

Of all the pumpkins appearing in Pinterest, my favourites were the painted kind, especially those with the gold and copper highlights so I decided to have a go at recreating some of these wonderful pumpkins.

The supermarkets are full of pumpkins at the moment so I chose a few of various sizes.  Unfortunately the stalks are very short but I managed to find a small pumpkin with a good sized stalk.

Tips on choosing pumpkins

  • Regardless of whether you intend to carve it or not your pumpkin needs to be nicely rounded with no soft spots.  Blemishes are ok as long as they’re not squishy to the touch.
  • If you are intending to carve your pumpkin try to have a design in mind before you go shopping, that way if your design is tall and thin you’ll know not to go for a short round pumpkin.
  • Most pumpkins grown lying on their sides rather than being upright so you’ll be very lucky if you can find a pumpkin that doesn’t have a flat side.  Just make sure your pumpkin has at least one side that is full and as blemish free as possible to give you the best canvas for carving or painting.

Ok so lets get started…

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links (*), meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase.

Here’s what you need for all three pumpkins

What you'll need for your painted pumpkins

  1. Pumpkin – you should be able to find fresh pumpkins everywhere at the moment but if you want a more permanent decoration, go fake.
  2. Acrylic paint in your chosen colours – I decided to go with black, white and copper.  You can find acrylic paints in any shop that sells craft materials, I got mine from my local Wilko and paid around £1-£2 a tube.  If you are painting a fresh pumpkin then it is not going to last for long so you really don’t want to spend too much on your paint.
  3. Nail polish – I used the cheapest black polish I could find.
  4. Paint brushes or sponges* – this is the pack that I used, it has a really good selection of brushes including some round sponges that I used to paint the spotty pumpkin. They’re great for all kinds of crafts.
  5. Tile or palette, bowl and pots  for mixing paints.
  6. The cardboard tube from inside a kitchen or toilet roll.
  7. Toothpicks or the end of a paint brush.

Optional extra:

Modge Podge Outdoor* – if you’re planning to put your painted pumpkins outside then you might want to consider sealing them to make the paint a bit more weatherproof and keep them looking great.

Prepare your pumpkins

First of all you need to prepare your pumpkins, check them over to make sure no soft spots have developed since you bought it and give it a quick clean to make sure any dirt is gone.

I originally had four pumpkins but one must have been bumped on the way home as two soft spots appeared and started leaking moisture so I will either have to leave it as is or I’ll have to carve it after all.

Spotty Painted Pumpkin

  1.  Base colour – starting with the black acrylic paint, I simply squirted a blob of paint straight on to the top of the pumpkin (why bother with putting it in a pot first, that just creates more clearing up afterwards! ).  Using one of the larger brushes I worked the paint down the sides of the pumpkin, leaving the bottom unpainted (you can just see the unpainted section in the photo).  It took about 4 blobs of paint to cover the top section of the pumpkin including the stalk.  Leave to dry for approx 20 minutes.

Thick vs Thin

Should I go with one thick coat of paint or two (or three!) thinner coats?  In the end, I opted for two thin coats in the hopes that it would dry quicker.  The paint went on well with just a few streaks of orange showing through.  I did put a slightly thicker coat of paint on the stalk as I had to work it into all the cracks and holes.

  1. Paint the underside – after about 20 minutes the top was mostly touch-dry, however, the stalk was still quite wet because of the extra paint which had gathered in the holes and cracks.  I guess I should have expected that.  I actually left it another 20 minutes to make sure it was completely dry before turning it over to paint the underside.  Leave to dry.

DON’T FORGET to clean your brushes between coats.  Acrylic paint can be cleaned up with water so carefully rinse your brushes making sure no paint is left.  If you don’t clean them properly they will go hard and be unusable .

  1. Give it a second coat by repeating steps 1 and 2.  When I started putting the second coat of paint onto the pumpkin, I was very disappointed to see that the paint went a little grainy.  The paint from the previous coat must have been lifting off as I brushed on the wet paint.  However, it looked much better after it had dried and lost the grainy look.
  2. Add your spots – I used a scrap of tinfoil to create a makeshift palette and squirted a blob of copper paint onto it.  Using one of the round sponges from the brush kit, carefully dab it into the blob of paint.  Dab some of the paint off onto a clean section of the foil then gently dab a spot onto your pumpkin.  You may need to dab in the same spot a couple of times to get a solid spot, turn the sponge slightly if needed.  Leave to dry.

Add spots to your pumpkin with a sponge

  1. Paint the stalk – once you are happy with your spots and they are completely dry you can paint your stalk.  I had already painted it black but wanted a bit more bling so I added a coat of copper paint.  Leave to dry and you’re done!

If you are leaving your pumpkin out overnight before the big day you could add a coat of Modge Podge Outdoor to protect it.  Leave it to dry before placing outside.

Stripey Painted Pumpkin

  1. Base colour – I chose to paint the whole pumpkin white to give me a blank canvas to work with.  As with the spotty pumpkin, I painted the top of the pumpkin, waited for it to dry before painting the underside.  The white paint didn’t cover nearly as well as the black, you could still see lots of orange with one coat.Create a stripy effect on your pumpkin
  2. Second coat – once the first coat is dry give it a second coat by repeating step one.  If needed you can repeat it again to give the pumpkin a third coat.
  3. Add your stripes – hmm vertical or horizontal?  I went with vertical stripes because I like the look better than the horizontal stripes plus I could use the lines on the pumpkin’s skin as natural guides.  Using the black paint and one of the smaller brushes I painted in the lines by eye.  Allow it to dry.  My lines ended up being a little wobbly which drove my other half crazy. If it would bother you too then you could try using masking tape to give you straighter lines.  I would suggest sticking the tape to the back of your hand a couple of times to reduce the stickiness and test it on the bottom first.

Add stripes and paint the stalk

  1. Paint the stalk with copper paint and allow to dry.

As with the spotty pumpkin, if you will be leaving your pumpkin outside for a few days you can protect it by adding a coat of Modge Podge Outdoor.  Allow to dry completely before putting outside.

Drip Painted Pumpkin

I have a confession – this pumpkin was supposed to be marbled using the nail polish and a bowl of water so I gave it a white base coat.  However, as it was disastrously wrong, I switched to the drip painted version so that the pumpkin wasn’t wasted.No-carve pumpkins tutorial - drip painted pumpkin

  1. Acrylic paint is very thick so for this to work you will need to water down your paint.  Find some pots to mix your paint in, empty yogurt pots would be ideal.  I used some empty jars of baby food that were waiting to be recycled.  I used approx 1 tablespoon of paint and added approx 2 tablespoons of water until it was the consistency of single cream.
  2. This is a very messy project so you will need to lay newspapers or something similar down to protect your surfaces and make sure you can easily reach a sink to wash your hands.
  3. Prepare a stand for your pumpkin.  Take the cardboard tube and cut it into sections of about 1 inch/ 2.5cm thick, keep the first section whole but cut a slit in the others so they will easily wrap around the first section.  Sit the tube sections inside a bowl or empty container.  This makes the stand for your pumpkin to sit on whilst it dries.
  4. Start adding paint to your pumpkin.  Holding the pumpkin by the stalk, I turned it on it’s side and started adding a thin drizzle of paint around the middle of the pumpkin.  Change colour and add another of paint around the pumpkin above the first.  Repeat with a third colour. Sorry, this part was so messy I couldn’t take photos.
  5. Still holding the pumpkin upright by the stalk the paint should now start to drip down the pumpkin.  Alternating colours, add more paint so that it runs into the paint already on the pumpkin.  Allow some of the paint to drip into the well around the base of the pumpkin.
  6. By now the paint was dripping nicely but the colours were running over each other in places.  So here comes the fun part.  Take your toothpick or the end of a paint brush and gently drag in down through the paint to create the spiky effect.  You can even use the toothpick to drag the paint over any spots that are missing paint.
  7. Continue to add paint and drag through the toothpick until you are happy with the final effect.  Carefully stand your pumpkin on the cardboard tube inside the bowl or container.  The paint will continue to drip as it dries so you will need to place it some where safe where it won’t get knocked over.  Leave to dry.

The sides of my pumpkin took a full 24 hours to be touch dry.  At this point I dabbed the pumpkin on some paper towels to soak up any remaining drips on the bottom.  However, the well around the stalk, which is full of paint, was still quite wet.  It took another 24 hours for that to dry completely.

So what did my disastrous attempt at marbling look like?  Ok here is the monstrosity:

My attempt at marbling a pumpkin went disastrously wrong

Yep, it looks worse than a dog’s dinner right?!  I don’t think I put enough nail polish in the water so it spread out too much.  Lesson learned.

Have fun this Halloween!


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