Lilly Pulitzer Pumpkins

How to make a cute Halloween Pumpkin

Orange and black are so typical for a Happy Halloween,
Is it possible… can we actually make it pink and green?

If you like Lilly Pulitzer pumpkins as much as we do you can!
Just follow these simple steps and soon you’ll be a fan,

Grab a pumpkin (fake’s fine) your fave print too,
And follow along as we tell you exactly what to do!

lilly pulitzer pumpkin supplies

Supplies needed:

  • 1 craft pumpkin in a light color (or paint a regular craft pumpkin a light color) – don’t worry this is a no carve pumpkin idea!
  • Lilly Pulitzer Napkins or Lilly Pulitzer patterned paper
  • Modge Podge
  • Sponge Paint Brush

Step 1 Lilly Pulitzer napkins

Take your Lilly Pulitzer napkins (or any napkins will do – just pick a favorite print!) and peel off the white backing. Ours were 3-ply, meaning there were 2 white pieces on back of the colored print.

2 cut trim

Cut off the trim around the edge of the napkin and cut the napkin into 2″ strips.

modge podge pumpkins

Apply a liberal coat of Modge Podge to your craft pumpkin. Then very carefully apply the strips of the napkin from the top of the pumpkin to the bottom of the pumpkin all the way around the pumpkin. Overlapping a bit is fine, but be sure not to leave any spaces between each strip.

modge podge over paper on pumpkin

Apply a coat of Modge Podge to the top of the napkin strips or paper strips once they have been applied and the first layer has somewhat dried. Let this layer dry and apply more to any bits that might be sticking up.

lilly pulitzer pumpkins

At the last minute, we decided to paint the stem metallic gold using our Martha Stewart paint, since a dull brown stem didn’t do our pink and green any justice!

Halloween no carve pumpkins

And voilà… you are done and have a pink & green Halloween… or a colorful Halloween in whatever patterns or Lilly Pulitzer pumpkins colors you have chosen!

Want a more tradition orange and black pumpkin.. then check out our black and white stripe pumpkin.

For more inspiration, here are cute ideas my friends have for Halloween:

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  • Therese

    Oh for the love of all things Lilly! I adore that pumpkin of yours! And, the golden stem…well, that’s perfection. Very cute! Hopping off to pin!

  • Amy mayen

    That punkin is dang sexy!

  • Wanda Hoffs

    look at you 2 doing a pretty pumpkin!!! i love it!

  • Kimber Ashley

    Oh, for Pete’s sake! This should be the new black for pumpkins! Seriously, see ya later chevron pumpkins! hehe Totally pinning this! ~A

  • feetpush

    Aboslutely adore!

  • Jen West

    That is just CRAZY cute. I mean I ADORE this project !!

  • Laura Trevey

    OMG ~ my girls will LOVE this!

  • Geralin Thomas

    Pretty! Preppy! Pink Punkin’s? I like this!

  • Rea Alducente

    Oh wow, this is really creative and cool!!

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  • PopCosmo

    Yeah, the gold really “topped” it off!

  • PopCosmo

    “I’m too sexy for my orange, too sexy for my black, too sexy…” Oh, you get it, right? Right?

  • PopCosmo


  • PopCosmo

    Pink and green is always the new black in Lilly-land!

  • PopCosmo

    Thank you! Are you going to try it??

  • PopCosmo

    Thanks, Jen!

  • PopCosmo

    And your girls probably have your talent so could do it in their sleep!!! Have fun and show us the result!

  • PopCosmo

    Oooh, love those titles! We know who to turn to when we are stumped!

  • PopCosmo

    Thank you!!! Just couldn’t face orange and black yet when it’s 5 million degrees outside!!! Soon, hopefully, soon it will feel like fall.

  • Rolled Up Pretty

    Okay LOVE LOVE LOVE this, I might need to copy you and link back, ADORABLE!!! :)

  • Danica

    this is such a cute idea! love it! :)

  • Amy mayen


  • feetpush

    I hope to! My only question is, where do you get the Lilly Pulitzer products?

  • PopCosmo

    Click on the link for Lilly Pulitzer napkins and it will take you to where we got the ones we used :) Lucky you if you have a store in town that sells them! They aren’t easy to find!

  • feetpush

    Thanks! I will look around!

  • PopCosmo

    Thanks for linking back :)

  • PopCosmo

    Thank you!

  • Kimber Ashley

    Just when I thought pumpkins were boring, you pull this little beauty out! Love it! Thanks for sharing! -K

  • Highland Fashionista

    Oh COOL. I might just go around my house and do that to everything. All the fruit, the stuff in the pantry……everything.

  • PopCosmo

    Haha, that’s hilarious. No wait… I think that might actually be kind of fun. I’m looking at some things that could use some sprucing up right now!

  • Angie | Big Bear’s Wife

    I have a friend that is going to flip over this! Love this idea so much!

  • Jen Migonis

    I absolutely love this!!!! The colors are so great! What a wonderful idea!

  • Alli

    Just curious, why does the pumpkin need to be a light color? I’m gonna try this on a real pumpkin, but I’m eager to get started with the decoupage (/too lazy to paint the pumpkin)!!

  • PopCosmo

    The napkins are very sheer once you peel away the layers, and the color may not be as vibrant against a darker or orange pumpkin. Try holding whatever color you choose up to the pumpkin to see if it works.., it may be fine.


    What a brilliant and creative way to decorate your pumpkins. I love unique designs that are not the generic orange carved pumpkins, like these 12 beautiful ways to decorate your pumpkins and use them as home decor long after Halloween ends.

  • Sarah

    i just finished mine! I love it! I used a real pumpkin and didn’t paint it before hand. I used the same Lilly print as the blog example. Since I didn’t paint it, yes, I can see more orange tones showing through the white parts in the napkins than what the example shows. However, with this particular print, it looks just fine and even tones it down a little to make it more fall-ish. I went a step further and used a gold paint pen to monogram my pumpkin. I wish there was a way to post a picture here, I’m so proud of it haha. Thanks so much for the blog post!!

  • Sarah

    I just remembered one other thing – my pumpkin was a little too big. I’d suggest making sure you get a pumpkin that is slightly smaller than normal (my definition of normal being the ones made for carving). I overcame the difference in the length of the strips and the height of the pumpkin by adding a few squares to the really noticeable parts, but then also using my gold paint pen to color in any part of the bottom that was still visible. As long as no one picks up my pumpkin and turns it over, it looks great! (Sorry for a second post! I always read through comments before I start a project to see what others may have learned, so I figure other people may be looking for live-and-learns too!)

  • Kim & Chloe

    we’re SO happy that you made it! be sure to tweet/instagram a picture and tag us so we can see how great it turned out (@popcosmo)! thanks for leaving some helpful tips :)

  • PopCosmo

    Thanks for sharing your tips… and yes, we read the comments too for helpful ideas!

  • PopCosmo

    Tag us on Instagram and then we can see it! @popcosmo

  • S??rr?

    Okay, it’s official. I’m in love with this pumpkin! I can’t wait to try this, thanks for the amazing idea <3

    -B ? MsBerryStylish 

  • Alexandra Puffer

    Amazing idea! I am so inspired.

    Warm Regards,