Get your costumes ready because Halloween is on Friday!

I love decorating for the holidays! Today I’ll be sharing two fun and quick dog themed Halloween decorating ideas with pumpkins!

DIY Dog Silhouette Pumpkins

Both of these decorating ideas will work with real and artificial carvable pumpkins. I used an artificial pumpkin that I picked up at a local craft store. You can find similar ones on Amazon as well (affiliate link).

The painted and the carved dog silhouettes both start the same way.

First find a dog silhouette to base your design on. I just did a quick Google search for “Beagle Silhouette.” You can customize this to your favorite breed! If you are super artistic then you can definitely free hand the design too.

Next, cut out the pattern and attach it to the pumpkin with a removal tape.

Trace the pattern with an ink pen and remove it from the pumpkin.

DIY Dog Silhouette Pumpkins

DIY Painted Dog Silhouette Pumpkin

For the painted dog silhouette pumpkin, color in the design with acrylic paint or a paint pen (try to stay in the lines!). You can pick any color too! I used a black Sharpie paint marker (affiliate link) because I wanted to give it a try. It worked great!

DIY Dog Silhouette Pumpkins

DIY Carved Dog Silhouette Pumpkin

For the carved dog silhouette pumpkin, you simply need to carve the design along the lines. I used a kitchen knife, but you should be able to use any tool you would normally use for carving a pumpkin. Remember to be careful!

Add some extra bling with adhesive rhinestones (affiliate link) around the edge of the cut out. I definitely recommend adhesive ones so you don’t have to individually glue them. (optional)

Then add a LED candle to light it up. You can use a real candle for real pumpkins of course, but for the artificial pumpkins are flammable.

DIY Dog Silhouette Pumpkins

To make the pumpkin reversible and to save a few dollars, I did the carving on one side and the painting on the other.

Do you have any dog themed Halloween decor?

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Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman is a bargain hunter, food lover, and software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. Jessica has been a long time lover of all animals (especially llamas and manatees) and is happy that she can finally combine that love with technology.
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  • Emma

    Very fancy! I don’t think we are even going to carve our pumpkins this year – way too messy for Mom.

    • beaglesbargains

      Your mom should try an artificial one like I used. No mess and it never goes bad!

      • Emma

        We have some fake carved ones we haul out every year.

  • annstaub

    Very cool! And how long have artificial carving pumpkins been around? I don’t think I’ve ever heard of them until now.

  • Cathy C Bennett

    I admire people who can do these types of crafts. I am just not one of them. Going to have to pull out the fake ones from the basement! LOL

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  • sandy weinstein

    i love these ideas, love to make one with my 3 girls and shellic it so it will not rot.

  • Christine Aiello

    I love these and need to try this next year! Thanks!

  • Hana Kim

    Totally putting on the list to do this next year!

  • Brittany Phillips

    Great ideas! I really thought those were real pumpins at first!!! 🙂

  • SGilbert

    Great ideas! I love that they are not real pumpkins and you can use them year after year!

  • Jason Diehl

    Great idea with fake pumpkins, no chance of collapsing

  • Nichole

    So cool!

  • Debbie Harrie

    Bling what a great idea.

  • So cute!!

  • Bryn Nowell

    These are fantastic! Love the artificial pumpkin that can be used for multiple years!

  • Girl In Crowd

    So cute. I wonder if I could find a Maltese pattern. 🙂

  • Erin Altman

    I need to do this! Now, to find a good setter outline…

    • I would just take a photo of my dog, Photoshop it, and then black it out, print, and wah-lah ( but I have a mix breed)… I don’t do Halloween.

  • Daniel Scott

    We are having a pumpkin carving contest to benefit our students’ fund at our college. I need to checkout an outline of a Alaskan Malamute.

    • beaglesbargains

      I bet that would make a great silhouette!

  • Ruth Epstein

    WOW awesome pawsome, must show the kids

  • Christine Aiello

    I am definitely going to try this! I carved out Coco’s face one time but I love this silhouette idea. Must try.

  • sandy weinstein

    these are so cute, i have some for schnauzers stencils that i got several yrs ago.think it is easier to stencil than carve.

    • beaglesbargains

      I definitely agree!

  • Theresa Spaid

    I love them! I’m really not good at carving pumpkins so I wish I could do somthing like that!

    • beaglesbargains

      Give the stencil a try!

  • Amy A

    I love this I might have to try this even though I find carving pumpkins a struggle.

    • beaglesbargains

      The fake ones are a bit easier! You can always try the stencil too.

  • Shelley P

    I love this!! I did a search for Chihuahua silhouette and there are so many great ones. Thanks! I want to try this on a plastic pumpkin so I can have it for many years 🙂

  • Sharon Howard

    I’m going to l for a stencil o my English bulldog. She would Love it.

  • Tenacious Little Terrier

    What a lovely idea! We’re behind this year, we haven’t gotten pumpkins yet.

  • Carolyn S

    How cute. I have a pre-lit, pre-cut pumpkin.

  • Jordan

    What a great idea!

  • Linda

    Fun idea!

  • sherry butcher

    so cute! I’d paint the sihouette.

  • Mary J

    That looks great!

  • Jill

    I love this idea. I don’t have small children and always feel silly carving pumpkins but I do dog rescue so this is perfect. I never would have thought to use bling on a pumpkin but with carving a fake one it is a great addition.

  • Marsha Browne

    I love the idea of doggie pumpkins!

  • Helga

    No but that’s a cool idea!

  • Jerry

    Neat idea!

  • Mallory H.

    I love this!! Plus the gems are super sweet!!!

  • What an awesome pawsome and unique idea!!! I might have to try that 🙂 I don’t have decorations at home; however, our bar is all decked out for our Halloween costume party Friday night. howlllll

  • SGilbert

    That is awesome and I love the idea of using an artificial pumpkin that you can use year after year.

  • Rachel Davis

    so cute!

  • Ellie

    I need to learn how to make a shih Tzu!

  • sandy weinstein

    love these, i have some of mini schnauzers to do, that i got yrs ago. think it is easier and safer to stencil than carve

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  • Christine Aiello

    This is awesome! I must try this with a cocker sillouette.

  • Carolyn S

    This is cute. I need to make a Bichon pumpkin.

  • Mike

    Love it!

  • LyricInTime2803

    Very nice! Would try it myself if carving pumpkins didn’t gross me out, lol.

  • Laurie Nykaza

    This is so cute cant wait to try making one with my daughter.

  • Kathy

    Very creative!

  • Daniel Scott

    My wife used this idea and made a wolf outline. She won a first place at her school’s pumpkin contest.

    • beaglesbargains

      That is awesome news!!!

  • Emily Endrizzi

    Very cool! This looks really awesome. We don’t have any dog-themed Halloween decorations…yet!

  • Wen Budro

    That’s a super cool design. Mine probably wouldn’t come out quite as well. I only have Christmas decorations with a dog theme….no Halloween ones yet.

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