Dios de la Muertes-inspired Pumpkin

Dia de Los Muertos-style Jack ‘O Lantern

Yes, I know, everyone creates orange Jack ‘O Lanterns with green stems. They’re very abundant this time of year. I decided to try something a little different when I saw this plaster Jack ‘O Lantern at my local big box craft emporium. Living in Southern California, and being a huge fan of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) imagery, I decided to create this spooky fire-eyed Jack ‘O Lantern using black spray paint and acrylic painters.

Project Materials

  • Plaster Happy Face Pumpkin
  • Acrylic Spray Paint
    • Black
  • Acrylic Painters
    • Red
    • Orange
    • Yellow
    • White
  • Pumpkin Masters Lightning LED Strobe


  • Spray Pumpkin with black spray paint (Mine required several coats)
  • Using red painter, draw outer perimeter of flames around eyes.
  • fill in flames with orange and yellow painters.
  • Using white painter, create your design around nose. (I chose a style I found online.)
  • Continue your design around mouth.
  • Add white dot patterns (or others) as you see fit.
  • Continue your design around sides of pumpkin.


Designed by Scott Pfeiffer


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