I love Halloween. It’s actually my birthday. Maybe that’s why I always look forward to coming up with new pumpkin decorating ideas each year. I’m a big fan of no carve pumpkin ideas as well as colorful pumpkins so I combined the two to make these fun marble pumpkins. It’s actually really easy to marble a pumpkin. Once you do one, you’ll probably want to marble about a dozen pumpkins so make sure you buy plenty…it’s addicting.
Pumpkin Marbling Supplies (Affiliate links provided for your convenience)
- Mini pumpkins – Look for pumpkins that have a stem, it makes it easier to dip them. I found mine at Trader Joe’s. If you can’t find white, just spray paint some orange ones. I like this white flat spray primer.
- Nail polish – I used Sally Hansen Extreme Wear Nail Polish. Not all nail polish brands will work. The Sally Hansen brand is known to be one of the best brands when it comes to nail marbling which uses a very similar technique. The Sinful Colors brand also works great.
- Water Container – Make sure it’s deep enough to fully submerge a mini pumpkin.
- Room Temperature Water
- Gloves (optional) – these are good to use if you can’t find pumpkins with long stems).
Pumpkin Marbling Directions
- Fill a container with room temperature water. It’s important the water is room temperature so the polish can spread easily.
- Open the polishes that you’ll be using. You need to work fast. I used 3-4 colors on each pumpkin.
- Make sure the room you’re working in is well ventilated!!
- With the nail polish brush close to the water, shake the brush and let the polish fall into the water. Be sure the brush is close to the water otherwise the polish will sink to the bottom.
- Add additional colors and work quickly before the polish can dry.
- Holding the pumpkin by the stem, submerge the pumpkin into the water. It’s best to dunk the pumpkin sideways if you can otherwise most of the polish will end up on the bottom of the pumpkin.
- Once the pumpkin is covered, remove it from the water. You can wipe away any excess polish that is hanging off the pumpkin with a Q-Tip.
- I dried my pumpkins on a piece of foam board I had but you could use wax paper with cardboard underneath. It took about an hour for them to fully dry. The bottom of the pumpkin took the longest.
- To clean the water before you marble the next pumpkin, simply take a Q-Tip and move it around the surface of the water to collect any leftover polish.
Doesn’t that look like a fun fun Halloween craft! If you are looking for another colorful pumpkin decorating idea, you also have to check out my galaxy painted pumpkin tutorial and my melted crayon pumpkin tutorial.
If you want to try another nail polish marbling project, check out how to marble ring dishes.