A Milky Way Pumpkin for Halloween

For this Halloween season, Gardenista editor Erin carved a starry pumpkin that doesn’t require very many special skills, yet still manages to look grown up. Here’s how:

Above: To begin, Erin chose a white Lumina Pumpkin instead of the typical orange porch-dwellers (see Janet’s roundup for Favorite Pumpkin Varieties).

Above: She drew a faint line with a colored pencil to mark where to make the lid. Next, using a chef’s knife to make diagonal cuts in the top of the pumpkin, she made her cut. The diagonal cuts are important so that the lid doesn’t fall through when the pumpkin begins to shrink as it dries out.

Above: Erin use a set of hand drills to punch different sizes of holes in the pumpkin wall, starting with the largest drill and working her way to the smallest, making a haphazard pattern in the pumpkin wall. The Gimlet Hand Drills she used are $13.95 from Kaufmann Mercantile.

Above: After punching holes over the surface of the pumpkin, Erin decided to get fancy and turn a few of her regular old stars into supernovas.

Above: After supernovas, she went straight to comets.

Above: Set on her bookshelf, Erin’s finished pumpkin looks as pretty by day as it does at night.

Curious to see this pumpkin all aglow? If so, visit A Milky Way Pumpkin: All Lit Up.

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Lynn C.
Lynn c.2 years ago


Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.2 years ago


Rika S.
Rika S.2 years ago

Looks great, thank you!

Natasha Salgado
Natasha Salgado2 years ago

Really quite beautiful! Think i'll try this tomorrow tho i'll probably muck it up. Thank you

JoLi Nevares


Spencer Young
Spencer Young2 years ago

That was Milkyway cool and I didn't Snicker

Jess No Fwd Plz K.
Jessica K.2 years ago

Totally different. I love it. Thanks and happy Halloween.

Carolanne Powell
Carolanne Powell2 years ago

Very elegant & different.

Sjoran Fitzpatrick

Thanks for the article. And I did order a set of those handrills....