Weekly Crafty: Pumpkins, Paint, & Pantyhose

Oh yeah, this is a weird one guys. I thought it would be fun to get crafty with a bunch of faux pumpkins and gourds that I’ve had for years, along with a few other items that have been tucked away in my craft bin for forever and a day. So all of these quirky little seasonal updates cost me zero dollars (holla!), and it turns out I’m cool with putting legwear on decorative items, so I learned a little bit about myself. Enter three sets of pantyhose, stage left. Or should I technically call them fishnets? Either way, I’ve been thinking about how much fun they’d be to slide around a pumpkin like a spider-web-ish slipcover for years now (I got them on clearance at TJ Maxx in 2011 for this purpose and promptly forgot about them).

While I was at it, I also used some craft paint and a sharpie to give a few old gourds a new look.

Here were all of my materials laid out before I got started. I had sprayed some of the gourds white a bunch of years back and those white faux pumpkins hailed from Michael’s before we even started this blog I think (I like using them in fall/Thanksgiving decor too since they’re pretty versatile, so I didn’t want to permanently do anything to alter them, like paint them with Halloween-specific things – which is why the fishnets are such a nice update). Let’s call them temporary tattoos, if you will. Except they’re a new breed that can be removed and reused every year around Halloween.

This was such a simple project that only took a few minutes per faux pumpkin. I just slipped the pumpkin carefully into one of the legs and tried to squish it as close to the foot part as I could. Pardon this next sentence (possibly the weirdest one I have typed to date) but in case you can’t tell what’s going on here, the pumpkin went in at the top of the pantyhose where the crotch is, and I pushed it down one leg as close to the toe as I could get it.

Then I just cut the pantyhose off off at the bottom of the pumpkin (so it was long enough to wrap around under it and stay put) and I clipped it off at the top. Thanks to the shrinky nature of pantyhose, even though I cut off the entire foot area of the fishnets, they sort of shrunk up around the stem, as you can see below. I did two exactly the same way using two different fishnet varieties (they were $1.99 each from TJ Maxx when I grabbed them two years back if anyone is wondering what they might cost to buy).

Here’s a closer shot from the top so you can really see how the stockings hug the pumpkin and sort of snuggle the stem so there’s not a big band of white up there or anything (just try to press the pumpkin in as far as it can go and cut off as little as possible of the stockings because obviously if you snipped them off at the thigh there would be a lot more of a hole and it wouldn’t hug your pumpkin as tightly and look as fitted up around the stem).

I think the diamond one’s my favorite.

The white fishnets are sort of subtle and even more real-life-spiderweb-ish. I think they’d be really cool on a chalkboard pumpkin or even a bold orange one if you want a little more contrast, but a black and white palette like this is fun too. Oh and I did two of the gourds with the small foot sections that I had snipped off, which are somewhat cute, but I’m not as in love with them as the big ones (when the fabric is tighter around the pumpkins I think it’s a little bit cooler of an effect).

Update: Apparently we have been living under a rock, and it turns out fishnet pumpkins are a thing (someone commented to say they were on The Today Show this morning!) – so check out all the fun ones that came up when I googled it.

Now let’s switch gears to my painted gourds. I used craft paint from Michael’s and JoAnn that I already had in my bin and just sort of smeared the yellow and red around with a brush haphazardly to give one of those previously white ones an orange and smeary look.

I did the same thing to the pear shaped gourd, and then just painted the smaller pumpkin and the goose-necked one solid yellow. After those dried I went back with some orangey-red paint and created some bands around each of them (two on all of them except for that squat little pumpkin, who just got one wide one around the top).

See that red sharpie in the picture above? Well, once they dried I took them outside (sharpies in the house = stinky, and I’m paranoid that they make Burger high) and doodled on each of the yellow bands around all four of them. I did some triangle doodles on the pear-shaped one, some diamonds on the long spiney one, and some stripes on the squat pumpkin and the goose-necked one.

They’re definitely far from perfect (my hand wiggled a few times since they’re not exactly like drawing on a flat surface) but I think the word “doodles” perfectly describes them.

I like that I can just spray paint them all gold or white (or any other color) if I so desire, but for now I’m digging the happier orange and yellow look. And my fishnet stockings make me feel like a woman who puts pantyhose on fake vegetables. Me-ow. Most of all, Clara loves all things bug, so the spiderweb-y slipcovers are definitely a hit with her. I think I might even grab some of those creepy rubber spiders and set them on top of each pumpkin, just to see the sheer joy on her face when she discovers them. What are you guys getting crafty with this week? Any other pumpkin related updates? Are you carving real ones? We grabbed some of those too, and can’t wait to find a night to carve them.

Looking for more seasonal craftiness? Here are 22 other fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving projects that we’ve tackled over the years:

A Fall Themed Bridal Shower

Making A Frosted Thanks Jar

Decorating With Fall Leaves

Puffy Painting Pumpkins (Really)

Some Creepy Halloween Decor

Making A Skeeery Skull Portrait

Making Bleeding Candles

Carving An Ornate Pumpkin

Creepify-ing The Porch

Making Black Bat Silhouettes

Carving A Sentimental Pumpkin

Spraying Some Faux Gourds

Thanksgiving Table Settings

More T-giving Table Settings

Free Thanksgiving Printable

Kids Pumpkin Painting Project

More Eerie Halloween Decor

A Subtle Fall Mantle

Making Snake-Infested Pumpkins

Toddler-Friendly Pumpkins

Decorative Dipped Acorns

A Thankful Chalkboard



  1. Joy says

    Incredibly clever idea for the pantyhose pumpkins. Have never seen anything like it and it couldn’t have been easier!!!

  2. Bethany says

    Love your Halloween ideas! I tried to do the tape/finger painting pumpkin with our 13-month old this weekend, and once the paint dried, it all shriveled up and fell off! Did you spray with the sealer before the paint dried? Or does my paint just stink?

    • says

      Oh no! We didn’t spray seal it until the paint had dried. Maybe the pumpkin had something sprayed on it that didn’t agree with the paint? Or the paints weren’t holding up for some reason?


    • Janet says

      Hi Bethany,

      I’m a preschool director and sometimes paint doesn’t stick to pumpkins if if it’s tempera paint. Craft paints (not as familiar with these in a preschool setting) and acrylics (acrylics are more permanent so beware!) tend to stick to pumpkins better. (:


  3. says

    Wow – you always come up with the most creative ideas! I never would have seen those pantyhose in the store and thought of that, but they turned out really cute! And being able to re-use those pumpkins for Thanksgiving easily is an extra bonus :)

  4. says

    “he pumpkin went in at the top of the pantyhose where the crotch is, and I pushed it down one leg as close to the toe as I could get it”

    Bwaaahahahaha…this would be priceless read out loud to someone without context ;)

    Love them!

  5. says

    Very cool. We are big fishnet fans at my house (actually we are big Rocky Horror Picture Show fans, the fishnets just go along with that) so those would be perfect décor for us! I wonder how it would look if you spray painted the pumpkins with the hosiery on them, let it dry and then remove? That is actually what I thought you did at first to the gourds.

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