I have a bit of an obsession with pumpkins. I love them in every color and every shape and size and I love coming up with new ideas to alter them. These dip dyed patterned pumpkins are my latest fall craft and I love the way they turned out! The combination of patterns and bright colors against the neutral pumpkins creates such a fun look, especially for those of us that love a lot of color in our lives!
To make these dip dyed patterned pumpkins, you’ll need white pumpkins and small pastry size cookie cutters in a variety of shapes.
To make the designs in the pumpkin, place the pastry cutter against the pumpkin and tap it with a rubber mallet until it breaks through the surface then pull it back out. Repeat until the pumpkin is covered in shapes, spacing them at natural looking intervals.
Using a small knife, remove the outer layer of the pumpkin from each outlined shape, revealing the flesh underneath. Don’t dig too deeply … you just want to remove the top layer.
To create the color, you’ll use liquid dye. Fill a large bowl with enough water to cover the pumpkin and add the dye. The more dye you add, the darker the color will be.
Lower the pumpkin into the dye bath and place a glass or other heavy object on the pumpkin to keep it immersed. I left my pumpkins in the dye bath for about ten minutes.
When you remove the pumpkins from the dye, rinse them with water then set them on a cookie sheet covered in paper towels to let them dry.
Experiment with different shapes and colors to match your fall decor …
… or use bright colors and whimsical shapes to add a fun and unique touch to your fall decor!
For more decorative pumpkin ideas, be sure to check out this monogrammed cross stitch pumpkin …
… and a faux pumpkin turned into a pumpkin cloche for fall entertaining!