How to Make a Silhouette Pumpkin

I’m so excited.

(a sentence which should totally end with an exclamation point….but I’m saving them for next week)

And if I weren’t rationing exclamation points….the sentence would look a little something like this….

I’m so excited!

(way better)

I’m participating in a fall home tour next week hosted by my incredible, amazing, brilliant friend Laura.

16 bloggers are joining with Better Homes and Gardens for a little fall inspiration!

(one more exclamation  point for the road)


I’ve been wreath-making and bow-tying and painting and gluing and fluffing and decorating.

And I was supposed to wait until next week for the big tour reveal.

But I couldn’t.

I just had to share.

But shhhh….keep it under your hat.

This whole pumpkin project is just between you…me…..

….and a few exclamation points!!!!


How to Make a Silhouette Pumpkin


white pumpkin

black craft paint


profile picture


Step 1:  Print out profile picture

Print the picture out on the computer.

Set the computer to print out a full page.

Cut out the picture.


Step 2:  Tape picture to the pumpkin

This step is totally self-explanatory.

I just wanted to show you the picture because that tape looked so cute.

You don’t have to use cute tape for the project….but it definitely helps.


Step 3:  Trace the silhouette

Take a pencil and trace the cut out silhouette.

Try to make sure and include as many little details as you can when you trace.


Step 4:  Trace outline with a Sharpie

This is the step that makes all the difference.

This is the step that transforms you into the Leonardo da Vinci of the pumpkin painting world.

The Sharpie gives you such a clean edge that the silhouette looks completely professional.


Step 5:  Paint the rest of the pumpkin

As we say in the art world….it’s all downhill from here.

Just fill in the outline with black acrylic paint.


Here’s my pumpkins all in a row.

And this is just the tip of the fall decorating iceberg.

My silhouettes and hay bales and burlap pumpkins and monogrammed acorns and mercury glass and barn doors and farmer’s market signs and corn husks and acorn squash will meet you here next week.

See you then.

And can you bring a few exclamation points…..

….just in case I run out. 🙂



  1. Image for Denton Denton

    She forgot to mention that she came to each of our schools and pulled us out of class just to take a picture for the pumpkin. My school secretary got a kick out of it.

    1. Image for Heather Heather

      Oh Denton. I would say, "no she didn't?!!" but alas I know her too well. ;) By the way, that's one handsome silhouette you've got there! grin! Ms. Heather

  2. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    I love this idea! This is the cutest pumpkin patch I have ever seen! What a great way to make a silhouette! Did I see a comment that you pulled your children out of class for the photos! You're too funny! Have a fabulous weekend!

  3. Image for Regina Merrick Regina Merrick

    I love it! And especially that you had to go to school to take the pics! LOL!! Oh, and I totally understand your trying to limit your use of exclamation points. When I look back at my early fiction attempts, I shudder when I see how many I used . . . But this is a blog, and the writing reflects YOU, so, GO FOR IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  4. Image for Claire Claire

    I love white and will definitely be using white pumpkins to decorate this year - with the silhouettes too!!! Pretty, yes :)

  5. Image for Callie Callie

    I just wanted to tell you how much I love reading your posts! (I over use the exclamation points too, much to the chagrin of my writer husband) I have been enjoying a little chat with you most mornings, after I walk the dog and while I enjoy a coffee. Thought it would be selfish to keep enjoying our little visits without a "thanks" . Love how your personality shines through!

  6. Image for Sue Sue

    What a great idea - they came out great! I love Denton's comments - it seems like something I could see you doing and it made me laugh out loud! I can not wait to see the rest of your projects!!!!! I am not saving my exclamation points so I can use as many as I want!!!! buahahahahahaha!!!!!!!

  7. Image for Cynthia Cynthia

    Love this project! It really came out super great and I adore those frames hanging!! I can't wait to see you on the tour, all finished up!!!. I used exclamation marks special just for you, her comes more, ready!!!! Have some great news at Cloches and Lavender!!!!! Last exclamation marks. Cynthia

  8. Image for Danielle Danielle

    I LOVE these, Karianne!!!!!!! There are some exclamation points for you. I think I may need to make one or two for my boys by the fireplace. Great and fun tutorial. Can't wait for the tour. Happy weekend.

  9. Image for Jamie Jamie

    I LOVE these!! I love silhouettes and white pumpkins so it's clear that these are a winner in my books!! Sharing on my FB page tomorrow ;) Hugs, Jamie @

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