Create the perfect fall photo op for your family with this DIY Pumpkin Patch Photo Op.
DIY Pumpkin Patch Photo Op
Home Decor
Seasonal Event:
Fall, Halloween


  • Carving Knife
  • Rough Grit Sand Paper
  • 2” Insulation Foam (4x8 sheets)
  • Sharpie
  • Box Cutter
  • Dust Mask
  • Yellow felt
  • Acrylic House Paint
  • Gorilla Glue


  1. Cut out the pumpkin shape (with kitchen carving knife)
  2. Draw mouth and eyes with a sharpie
  3. Cut strips in a “V” shape for the pumpkin grooves
  4. Use a box cutter or smaller kitchen knife to cut mouth, nose and eyes on pumpkin
  5. Carve the pumpkin “grooves” by taking the knife and dragging at an angle to create a “V” shape
  6. Sand paper the edges until smooth (use dust mask when sanding)
  7. Soften all your cut lines with sandpaper
  8. Can make your patch even larger by attaching (with Velcro) 2 sheets of foam
  9. Shade Pumpkin when paint is still wet
  10. Pumpkins aren’t perfect, keep brush strokes going vertically but okay to have imperfection
  11. You can give eyes a spooky “glow” with parchment paper and a yellow light - or glue thin yellow felt to the back

TIP: Slip the PVC pipes into the stakes to prop up the pumpkin patch:
TIP: Check you hardware store for a PVC cut bin- Excess pieces in random sizes are sometimes available

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